Mon Apr 9, 2012, 10:53 PM
sad sally (2,627 posts)
Here's another whistleblower the administration wants to silence and punish.
Note that Jesselyn Radack, the former DOJ attorney who represented Obama administration indicted intelligence whistleblower John Kiriakou, is also Peter Van Buren's legal representative.
What we lost in Iraq and Washington, 2009-2012
by Peter Van Buren
People ask the question in various ways, sometimes hesitantly, often via a long digression, but my answer is always the same: no regrets.
In some 24 years of government service, I experienced my share of dissonance when it came to what was said in public and what the government did behind the public’s back. In most cases, the gap was filled with scared little men and women, and what was left unsaid just hid the mistakes and flaws of those anonymous functionaries.
What I saw while serving the State Department at a forward operating base in Iraq was, however, different. There, the space between what we were doing (the eye-watering waste and mismanagement), and what we were saying (the endless claims of success and progress), was filled with numb soldiers and devastated Iraqis, not scaredy-cat bureaucrats.
In return for my book, a truthful account of my year in Iraq, my security clearance was taken away, I was sent home to sit on my hands for months, then temporarily allowed to return only as a disenfranchised teleworker and, as I write this, am drifting through the final steps toward termination.
With its aggressive and sadly careless use of the draconian Espionage Act to imprison whistleblowers, the Obama administration has, in many cases, moved beyond harassment and intimidation into actually wielding the beautiful tools of justice in a perverse way to silence dissent. More benign in practice, in theory this is little different from the Soviets executing dissidents as spies after show trials or the Chinese using their courts to legally confine thinkers they disapprove of in mental institutions. They are all just following regulations. Turn the volume up from six to 10 and you’ve jumped from vengeance to totalitarianism. We’re becoming East Germany.
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Response to sad sally (Original post)
Mon Apr 9, 2012, 11:02 PM
NYC_SKP (68,644 posts)
1. Your source, antiwar.com, is a Hate Site.
It is anti-Semitic, Xenophobic, and Raimondo, Pat Buchanan, Von Mises Organization, Lew Rockwell, and many other contributors post on other bigoted sites.
Sorry to have to point this out.
Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)
Mon Apr 9, 2012, 11:13 PM
Art_from_Ark (27,176 posts)
2. Then perhaps this New York Times article would be more palatable
Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)
Tue Apr 10, 2012, 12:13 AM
provis99 (13,062 posts)
5. hate site?
It regularly has articles from Cindy Sheehan, Glen Greenwald, Julian Assange, Noam Chomsky, Alexander Cockburn, and others like that.
I take it the subtext of your complaint is that they sometimes criticize Israeli government policy.