Whistleblowers are being targeted to an ever greater degree by each successive administration. With the recent 5-year extension of the¬†FISA warrantless spying bill, just¬†signed into law¬†by Obama, whistleblowers will likely be subjected to even more suppression, harassment, and imprisonment.
Three of the¬†most influential whistleblowers¬†in recent years, Jesselyn Radack, Thomas Drake, and ¬†William Binney¬†gathered to speak at the four-day Chaos Communication Conference. Kevin Gosztola writing for Firedoglake offers some of the pivotal quotes at his blog entry on the event, which you can¬†find here.
The coverage of the “dark side of personal data”- ¬†and becoming enemies of the state – from three of the most knowledgeable voices in activism for whistleblower rights is a must-see in its entirety. These three panelists represent the highest level of courage, and offer key insights into what anyone is likely to face in an era where doing the right thing seems to be subject to criminal penalties.