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Marshall, Burger, Blackmun
From a 2010 Xeni Jardin interview with Jacob Appelbaum (today also Democracy Now exclusive) after WikiLeaks released a massive archive of secret U.S. military documents related to the war in Afghanistan, a release the White House, Pentagon and U.S. Department of State decried as a breach of federal law, a ‘criminal act’ and labeled WikiLeaks a threat to U.S. national security.
“The people of the United States of America now have information that will assist them in having a clearer picture. They will find out how the war is actually going, see what they are financing. They have the ability to democratically change this situation if they are unhappy with the truth. Perhaps they will demand more transparency and more accountability.
Since his volunteering with whistle blower website, WikiLeaks, Appelbaum, “has faced a continual interrogations and electronic surveillance.” He has been detained in airports “more than a dozen times and interrogated by federal agents who asked about his political views and confiscated his cell phone and laptop.” [See TOR project, https://www.torproject.org/]
William Binney served in the U.S. National Security Agency for more than 30 years. For a time during that period, he was director of the NSA’s World Geopolitical and Military Analysis Reporting Group. He retired in 2001 and has since that time warned that the NSA’s data-mining program has become so vast that it could ‘create an Orwellian state.’
Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.
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