Former NSA Senior Executive turned NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, along with former ethics advisor to the Justice Department Jesselyn Radack who is also a whistleblower, will speak in Tacoma at the Washington State History Museum. Both Drake and Radack are featured in the Robert Greenwald film, War on Whistleblowers. (More about them below) They will speak on:
A Dangerous Act: Blowing the Whistle on Secrecy, Surveillance & National Security
Two Whistleblowers Discuss Speaking Truth to Power and the Snowden Effect’s Impact on Our Society
WHERE: Washington State History Museum
1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma 98401
WHEN: Saturday evening, February 8, 7:30 pm
Thomas Drake, 56, is a former senior executive of the National Security Agency as well as a decorated veteran of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy. When Drake turned whistleblower, the U.S. government threw the Espionage Act at him and threatened him with 30 years in prison. Drake rejected several deals because he refused to “plea bargain with the truth”, and the U.S. Dept. of Justice eventually dropped all ten of its original charges.
Jesselyn Radack, 42, is a former ethics adviser to the U.S. Dept. of Justice who turned whistleblower when she disclosed the FBI’s ethics violations in the investigation of John Walker Lindh, denied an attorney in the aftermath of his capture during the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan. An honors graduate of Brown Univ. and Yale Law School, Radack is now director of national security and human rights at the Government Accountability Project.
Both events sponsored by People for Peace Justice & Healing. Co-sponsors include Veterans for Peace, and United for Peace of Pierce County.
For more info, write www.ufppc.org/ufppc-info.htmlor call 253-535-7219.