Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:31 AM
HiPointDem (20,729 posts)
US Whistleblowers on Being Targeted by the Secret Security State
Jesselyn Radack, who blew the whistle on ethics violations in the case of John Walker Lindh when she was an ethics adviser under Attorney General John Ashcroft, describes what led to her resignation and whistleblowing.
Lindh was interrogated and tortured. FBI agents went ahead with an interrogation without proper authorization. Ashcroft made public statements...that (Lindh) had not chosen to be represented by a lawyer and his rights had been “scrupulously guarded.” Radack knew this all to be lies.
“Our first glimpse of torture in the United States and nobody flinched. He was naked, blindfolded, gagged, duct taped to a board. He had a bullet in his leg, no medical treatment,” Radack declares. “He was found nearly dead and this is how we treated an American, which can give you a little insight into how we treat people who have the misfortune of being an Arab or Muslim in our country.”
The pivotal moment for her was when she realized the Justice Department was concealing work on the case from her... “I literally felt sick. They were seeking the death penalty for this person and the relevant evidence had not made it to the court, evidence that would have a bearing on whether or not his confession would be admissible against him...”
Under the Whistleblower Protection Act, which ultimately gave her no protection, she handed over evidence of misconduct and wrongdoing to Newsweek...Radack was forced out of her job at a private law firm, fired from another job after the government told them she was a criminal, placed under criminal investigation but never told what for and no charges were ever brought against her, referred to a state bar based on a secret report that she didn’t have access to, which made it very hard to fight the secret charges and she was put on a “No Fly” list...
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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:53 AM
JDPriestly (57,936 posts)
1. Sounds like something that might have happened in Medieval England.
Sounds like a Star Chamber, which is perhaps the inspiration for our Fifth Amendment. We have the right to know the charges brought against us. We have a right to a speedy trial.
How can a citizen who tells the truth and is not directly aiding a foreign power at war with our country be deprived of the rights guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment. The people refusing those rights are ignorant of the history behind those rights and of the reasons we have them.
It's the people who violate the Fifth Amendment who are disloyal to the United States. This is especially true if they have taken an oath to uphold the Constitution. And lawyers do that. So if the people denying Fifth Amendment rights to the accused in criminal cases are lawyers, they are violating their oaths and should be asked to answer to the Bar if not to the government.