“As a student of history and politics, I firmly believe that we have reached a breaking point in this country, when the government violates and erodes our very privacy and precious freedoms in the name of national security and then hides it behind the convenient label of secrecy.
This is not the America I took an oath to support and defend in my career. This is not the America I learned about while growing up in Texas and Vermont. This is not the America we are supposed to be.” -- Thomas Drake, from his acceptance speech of the 2011 Ridenhour Prize for Truth–Telling
US domestic agencies are purchasing X-ray vans that can see through walls and clothing, and unmanned flying drones capable of aerial surveillance. These surveillance programs must not be kept secret.
Daniel Ellsberg, other whistleblowers want Obama’s ‘transparency award’ rescinded