from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2011, Issue No. 72
July 29, 2011
The government’s treatment of former National Security Agency official Thomas Drake was abusive and akin to acts of British tyranny in pre-Revolutionary War days, said Judge Richard D. Bennett at the July 15 sentencing hearing which concluded the Drake case, one of the Obama Administration’s record number of anti-”leak” prosecutions. A transcript (pdf) of that hearing was prepared at the request of Secrecy News.
and in related public interest news….
Today, the Drake defense team filed a motion (pdf) to remove the court-imposed restrictions on one of the documents that Mr. Drake was accused of unlawfully possessing so that the purported classification of the document could be formally challenged by one of the defense’s expert witnesses — who is none other than the former head of the organization that oversees the entire classification system.
Phi Beta Iota: At multiple levels and in multiple forms, we consider the US Government abuse of secrecy–and its abuse of human beings behind the veil of secrecy, to fall into the “Other Atrocities” category among the ten high-level threats to humanity.