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Glenn Greenwald: Obama Campaign Brags About Its Whistleblower Persecutions

Excuse me if I don't join in Democrats' sycophantic cheerleading for an Obama presidency that has shredded laws and liberties

by Glenn Greenwald | guardian.co.uk
Wednesday 5 September 2012

For several decades, protection of whistleblowers has been a core political value for Democrats, at least for progressives. Daniel Ellsberg has long been viewed by liberals as an American hero for his disclosure of the top secret Pentagon Papers. In 2008, candidate Obama hailed whistleblowing as "acts of courage and patriotism", which "should be encouraged rather than stifled as they have been during the Bush administration".

President Obama, however, has waged the most aggressive and vindictive assault on whistleblowers of any president in American history, as even political magazines generally supportive of him have recognized and condemned. One might think that, as the party's faithful gather to celebrate the greatness of this leader, this fact would be a minor problem, a source of some tension between Obama and his hardest-core supporters, perhaps even some embarrassment. One would be wrong.

Far from shying away from this record of persecuting whistleblowers, the Obama campaign is proudly boasting of it. A so-called "Truth Team" of the Obama/Biden 2012 campaign issued a document responding to allegations that the Obama White House has leaked classified information in order to glorify the president:

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egapele's picture

Persecutions / Prosecutions

Two very different things. This is why grammar is important.

They are doing both.

They make a whistle blowers life a living hell and/or they then take legal action.

Ben Swann is on the come up.

Ben Swann is on the come up.

People who still support Obama

have drank so much Kool-Aid, even Glenn Greenwald can't save them.


I've found that to be the case.

scawarren's picture

This was a good article but I

This was a good article but I wish he had mentioned the fact that Romney also supports persecution of whistle blowers.

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain


Are just as credit is Republican.

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

reedr3v's picture

Greenwald gets better and better


One word


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Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

If Romney is anywhere close in the polls...the word is

OBAMA 2012!!!

Mr. Romney and the RNC, Fuck me and I'll Fuck you back harder...while ensuring that we have a chance again in four years. Eight more years before we get another go at this is completely unacceptable.

If Obama is way out in front...I'll vote Constitution party. Johnson has to many Neo-con dingleberries.

Wha? .....hey....who stole my country?


and lew rockwell is 100% correct - at least Obama is likely to think twice about starting another war. Romney is itching to start one...

Thanks to whoever!

I definitely thought this was front-page-worthy. Greenwald is fantastic!