Former NSA Employee, Whistleblower Thomas Drake: Time For A New American Revolution

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During a Restore the Fourth rally in Washington D.C. last week, former National Security Agency employee-turned-whistleblower Thomas Drake called on Americans to revolt against government surveillance and information control.

“I call for a new American Revolution declaring our independence from the surveillance state and government control of information,” he said.

Drake went on to decry the Federal government’s unquenchable thirst for power, saying that the United States “has become the kind of secret, undemocratic, authoritarian, imperialist nation against whom we fought the first American Revolution.”

“We the people do not consent to the surveillance state,” Drake said. “We will not forsake our rights for the sake of national security. We will not accept that the end justifies the means. We will not accept the government granting itself license to steal our liberty and our information away from us.”

 

Drake was prosecuted in 2010 under the Espionage Act for allegedly disclosing classified information on the NSA’s wire-tapping program.

Eventually, with help from the Government Accountability Project, he was cleared of all charges related to the government’s goal of putting him in jail for “the rest of his natural life.” Drake pleaded guilty to a simple misdemeanor of “exceeding authorized use of a computer” and was sentenced to one year of probation and community service. While, perhaps, the justice system didn’t completely fail Drake in the end, the government he angered effectively dismantled his career and disrupted his life in terrible ways.

Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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  • Chester

    He knew what the consequences of making like a canary would be, just a lot of people out there don’t want to give him credit for knowing his career was at an end as soon as he started talking about things that weren’t supposed to be discussed. ANYONE

    • Debbie Hogan Tate

      You sound like the type of person who would sell his own Mother out! What he and Snowden and others have done is the same thing our founding fathers did against the British! When you protect your own from an evil government, that is being a patriot! When you know what is going to happen and you set back and do nothing, that is a coward! Everyone setting in the White House, Congress, House of Reps, Senators and all others in high ranking government positions have taken an oath to protect OUR Country, OUR People, OUR Constitution and OUR Bill of Rights! They (our government and especially Obama and his cronies) are a bunch of turncoats! And belong in the classification of Benedict Arnold!

      • Chester

        Afraid you would be very disappointed to learn I have been the full FBI background check route for the same clearance Snowden was supposed have had. Am still not sure how his publicly known background did NOT immediately disqualify him for a top secret clearance. Definitely was NOT done by the FBI. Guess that is what happens when you start outsourcing even supposedly top secret and beyond work, though. As far as selling someone out, only if they were disobeying orders by disclosing classified information, Snowden could have made what he saw known without disclosing the classified parts, perhaps by contacting some of the people who are now digging so hard to see what the NSA has on them. Funny thing is, most of what Snowden is telling about was known several years ago, then forgotten.

        • sootsme

          And after going that same route, you apparently stand ready to enable and further exactly the same crap that has eviscerated most of what America was intended to be. I hope you’re satisfied. I have no idea what you plan to tell your progeny. I am telling mine to stand with me and fight for “Truth, Justice, and the American way.”- Superman, aka Clark Kent, aka John Q. Public. Be true or begone…

        • dan

          Well said: Carnivore ,echelon ,Talon,HumanID are
          well known…to techies and geeks …but …
          i don’t know…the FBI did Obama’s background,didn’t they?

        • KBright

          If you have done the FBI thing, and did NOT know the oath you take, then you were NEVER legitimate in the first place.

          Of course that does not apply today – cannot get mch more unlawful then the FBI today despite their website declaration that they:

          FBI Core Values

          Rigorous obedience to the Constitution of the United States;
          Respect for the dignity of all those we protect;
          Compassion;
          Fairness;
          Uncompromising personal integrity and institutional integrity;
          Accountability by accepting responsibility for our actions and decisions and the consequences of our
          actions and decisions; and
          Leadership, both personal and professional.

          Like any of that is true anymore. It once was, but not anymore.

  • Chester

    ANYONE who can pass a top secret background check knows what will happen fi they decide not to honor the oath they took

    • vicki

      Which oath would that be, Chester?

      • Chester

        First and foremost, to preserve, protect, and defend, even as a civilian, and second, to reveal to NO ONE outside your chain of command anything you might learn in the course of performing your duties.

        • vicki

          So first is to preserve protect and defend. When you see others committing a crime and your chain of command IS those others then you go over your bosses head to the big boss. The People.

          • Chester

            IF you decide to go that route, be very careful you don’t wind up hurting the very people you want to protect. So far, nothing Snowden has come out with has endangered any one in the field, but that was as much a matter of luck as any planning on his part.

          • dan

            the field…you mean like Benghaszzi ?

          • vicki

            You mean the people in the criminal organization? Since Snowden has merely confirmed that they are committing criminal acts there has not been any injury to innocent parties by his actions to uphold the law. (That bit about the Constitution being the SUPREME law of the land).

        • sootsme

          Absolutely “First and foremost, to preserve, protect, and defend”. Referring to our Constitution. Period. Otherwise, let the chips and the usurpers fall where they may! When you learn of BS in an official capacity and do nothing, you are now a co-conspirator! This sort of feigned stupidity and mush brained blather in defense of “I’ve got mine”, and the attendant blind eyes of our “public servants”, is precisely what is taking our Republic to Hades in a handbasket. A Republic absent morality is doomed. Case in point: the late, great USA…

          • johnfromjersey

            While I agree with you, on point, I don’t agree that America is finished… yet. We the people can still take this country back by the ballot box, but we can’t do it if over 30% of so-called conservatives remain the silent majority.

          • vicki

            It is a bit difficult with one side stuffing the ballot box

          • johnfromjersey

            Difficult yes, impossible no.

          • Paulie

            The ballot box won’t work when you have more uneducated people on welfare than people working. It’s like having ten kids to support and everyone gets a vote. The kids will feel entitled to have everything, the bills will not get paid.

        • KBright

          Actually the Oath for a US president is to “Preserve, Protect and Defend the US Constitution”. Everyone else is is to “Support and Defend the US Constitution above anything else: orders from presidents officer or officials above them. The Oaths always list the US Constitution and uses more words, examples:

          “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

          President: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

          Military: “I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I
          will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.” <– Notice that the "US President" is lumped in the SAME sentence as "orders of the officers appointed over me". Also you should be aware that the Uniform Code of Military Justice requires all to follow LAWFUL orders or the one following the order is ehld acccountable for the actions.

          "I, _____ (SSAN), having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,
          that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God."

          National Guard: I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or
          affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the State of (STATE NAME) against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the Governor of (STATE NAME) and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to law and regulations. So help me God.

          Marines: "I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."

          Hope this helps to clarify your mistaken idea about Oaths and what they are sworn to protect first before ANYTHING or ANYONE else, the Constitution of the United States of America.

    • johnfromjersey

      When working for a major defense contractor, I had to pass a DOD top secret clearance to work there. I was only in the maintenance dept. but the BG check was pretty extensive. The only thing they were interested in was if I was a loyal citizen, or not. There were more PHD’s there than in all of Harvard. Men and women from many different countries as well.

    • KBright

      The Oath is to ‘SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATE OF AMERICA, is is NOT to support an an individual leader, ruler, office, or entity.

      When they make know a CRIME committed by a federal agency, federal government, state agency, state government, military, law enforcement, etc they are KEEPING their oath.

      It would not be a “crime” if it was lawful, so no whistle-blowing would be needed, duhhhh.

    • Paulie

      My oath is to the American people and not to a Government who is trying to destroy America and our constitution.

  • scott miller

    And if ones government is breaking the law, breaking their oath of office, we should what overlook that?

    This man is a hero a guy that saw a government out of control and took a stand throwing his career and government pension away.

    We should be thanking him, not saying he broke his oath, while the people above him break every oath they ever took.

    • vicki

      According to Chester below he should have stuck to his chain of command in government even though it was that government committing the crime.

    • KBright

      Who break their oath? Whistle blowers are keeping their oath to support and defend the US Constitution and her people. Why do I say that? Because whistleblowers let the people know about corruption within the federal government, the state governments, the military, all law enforcment agencies- state and federal, and all the “bureacracies”.

      They committed perjury at the least, and most committed criminal and civil crimes, plus some committed treason against the US and her people.

  • village idiot

    We have been repeatedly told that the surveillance is absolutely necessary and that we should appreciate the fact (???????????) that at least 5 plans ( courtesy of blathering idiot Kerry ) to obliterate us have been averted by the astuteness of our highly qualified hero’s. just to get it right as to their widely accepted brilliance – why did it take them so long to find Bin Laden? and why were they unable to defuse the “Boston Bombers” despite being pre warned by the Russians that these scumbags were dangerous? Is there a problem here? Remember the song _ “Who do you think you are fooling?” I wonder sometimes and I cannot believe the words that these duplicitous politicians utter. Where are the questions and why are these individuals still in power? There must be something we are missing and it does not take a rocket scientist to discover that we are being lied to – all day, every day! What are we to just accept lies as a normal way of life? Have we lost it completely? Are our morals that worthless that we accept being the slaves of these ‘ evil doers’? Will we ever wake up? Death is better than slavery – every single time! I shall be a slave to no man!

    • Paulie

      Give me liberty or give me death.

  • dan

    i’m a bit uncomfortable with God’s omniscience….imagine how I feel with bureaucrats and LEO’s in charge of the data stream…
    it’s not as if they aren’t human and corruptable

  • Dave

    The NSA has new powers to spy on Americans Why? The secret FISA court… No public accountability. Who makes up this FISA court you ask?

    11 Judges that are appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Republican/Conservative appointed John Roberts.

    What is the make up of the 11 Judges? 10 of the 11 are appointed by Republican presidents.

    http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/whos-in-charge-of-the-fisa-court-john-roberts-and-apparently-just-john-roberts/

    So a revolution is needed. We need to dump all the conservatives and the GOP. They are the ones leading the fight against freedom.

    • Don 2

      Still Voting Democrat? – You’re Stuck On Stupid!

    • KBright

      No, it is usurpation of “powers”. Not legitimate so not truly law. But it does make cirminals out of those who enforce them who can also be prosecuted as “just doing my job” or “just following orders” is NOT a lawful defense. They took oaths to support and defend the US Constitution, they are supposed to know the Bill of Rights which lists exactly what they CANNOT do – yes, it puts limitations on the federal gov, and on ALL oath takers federal or state.

      We need to use OUR laws against them. Remove them and prosecute them. Remove any judge not using the US Constitution (by making sure that ALL laws, etc are “in Pursuance thereof” it as is their assigned constitutional duty) when they try cases.

      This is still up to us. If you do not know that the US Constitution and ALL that is in PURSUANCE THEREOF (follows or makes stronger) is the Supreme LAW (LAW!!!!) of this land, then learn it. That each states constitution is the supreme law of that state except where the US Constitution reigns supreme – and those few instances are listed in the US Constitution).

      We need to dump the DNC/emocratic party and the RNC/Republican party as both are corrupt. Then we need to prosecute all that are involved in that corruption in any way what-so-ever!

  • Alan

    Truer words were never spoken.

  • KBright

    I disagree.

    WE do NOT need a revolution, what we need is to DEFEND OUR LEGITIMATE GVERNMENT from the DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN ENEMIES of the USA who are working to destroy it.

    We need to enforce its laws, not the usurpations that are being presented as “laws”. We need to arrest and prosecute those criminals, traitors, war criminals (already indicted by need prosecution), etc plus the foreign attackers here in the USA – be it banks, military, foreign governments, the UN (Agenda 21 – treason; and trying to make our laws for us).

    We need to have NO more machine elections, EVER. We need to have ALL counts done in public with many video cameras on each count/ We need to make sure that every single count can be VERIFIED. We need to make sure that EVERY SINGLE VOTE COUNTED IS COUNTED AND TALLIED HERE INSIDE THE USA.

    That way we know that the people being presented as candidates are OUR choices, and not put into place by others to do their bidding. Dump both the DNC and the RNC/GOP as the criminal organizations they currently are and prosecute all involved. ex: The 2008 Democratic Nominating Committee (DNC) document did not include language stating that Obama was qualified to be a candidate. The 2008 Republican Nominating Committee (RNC) document did, as is normal.

    A jury in South Bend, Indiana has found that fraud put President Obama and Hillary Clinton on the presidential primary ballot in Indiana in the 2008 election.

    There was so much fraud concerning Romney (and Obama) in every single state (2012) I believe all of you are aware of it.

    No media allowed that has military, government, corporations, banking, or/and foreign nations dictate what the people can view as a;ready been decided by the supreme courts:

    Supreme Court stated in Red Lion v. FCC in 1969: “It is the purpose of the First Amendment to preserve an uninhibited marketplace of ideas in which truth will ultimately prevail, rather than to countenance monopolization of that market, whether it be by the Government itself or a private licensee. It is the right of the public to receive suitable access to social, political, esthetic, moral, and other ideas and experiences which is crucial here. That right may not constitutionally be abridged either by Congress or by the FCC.”

    We need to prosecute EVERY high – through low ranking military personnel that has bneen working against the USA and her people.

    We need to end the NSA, TSA, DHS immediately as we NEVER gave OUR permission for them to be created.

    We also need to end the CIA which has often worked against the USA and her people as traitors in a treasonous organization.

    We need to remove EVERY single person from the FBI, prosecute all that deserve it. Start agains with new employees who will be fired immediately if they do NOT keep their oath (as the law requires).

    We need to prosecute every single judge that used “precedent and foreign laws” to adjudicate cases here within the USA and charge them with perjury and other crimes both criminal and civil.

    We need to remove and prosecute EVERY single representative who has not held up the US Constituton and/or the state constitution that they are from.

    WE need to remove, arrest, and prosecute every LEO who did NOT keep the oath as required, and as traitors those that tried to implement laws that were contrary to the US Constituon and the state constituton they are under. ex: NY Constitution:

    [Preamble] We The People of the State of New York, grateful to
    Almighty God for our Freedom, in order to secure its blessings, DO
    ESTABLISH THIS CONSTITUTION.

    ARTICLE I, Bill Of Rights, Section 1. No member of this state shall be disfranchised, or deprived of any of the rights or privileges secured to any citizen thereof, unless by the law of the land, or the judgment of his or her peers…

    §8. Every citizen may freely speak, write and publish his or her
    sentiments on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right;
    and no law shall be passed to restrain or abridge the liberty of speech or
    of the press.

    §9. 1. No law shall be passed abridging the rights of the people
    peaceably to assemble and to petition the government, or any department thereof; …

    ARTICLE IV, Executive, Section 1. The executive power shall be vested in the governor,…

    §3. The governor shall be commander-in-chief of the military and naval
    forces of the state. <– THAT is the militia which is every able-bodied person over the age of 18 years. … and shall take care that the laws are faithfully executed.

    ARTICLE XII, Defense, Section 1. The DEFENSE AND PROTECTION OF THE STATE AND OF THE UNITED STATES is an obligation of ALL PERSONS WITHIN THE STATE. The legislature
    shall provide for the discharge of this obligation and for the maintenance and regulation of an organized militia.

    ARTICLE XIII, Public Officers, Section 1. Members of the legislature, and all officers, executive and
    judicial, except such inferior officers as shall be by law exempted, shall,
    before they enter on the duties of their respective offices, take and
    subscribe the following oath or affirmation: "I do solemnly swear (or
    affirm) that I will support the constitution of the United States, and the
    constitution of the State of New York, and that I will faithfully
    discharge the duties of the office of ……, according to the best of my
    ability;" and no other oath, declaration or test shall be required as a
    qualification for any office of public trust, except that any committee of
    a political party may, by rule, provide for equal representation of the
    sexes on any such committee, and a state convention of a political party,
    at which candidates for public office are nominated, may, by rule,
    provide for equal representation of the sexes on any committee of such
    party.

    §5. Provision shall be made by law for the removal for misconduct or
    malversation in office of all officers, except judicial, whose powers and
    duties are not local or legislative and who shall be elected at general
    elections, and also for supplying vacancies created by such removal.

    Surprised?