Processing Distortion: “The Government’s Attack on Whistleblowers & Efforts to Break, Bankrupt & Blackball People”

Peter B. Collins Presents NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake

In this in-depth interview, Thomas Drake shares the wrenching experience of becoming a target of the national security machine he’d been part of. He describes the personal and professional cost of his investigation, indictment and trial, his oath to defend the Constitution, his angst over the intentional violations caused by surveillance programs approved by Bush and Obama, and how the NSA went to “the dark side” after 9/11. He confirms CIA’s Michael Sheuer’s claim that NSA would not share an intercepted bin Laden call. Mr. Drake has a lot to say, and Americans need to hear it! There’s much more in this important interview, be sure to listen to the end as he talks about the attacks on whistleblowers and efforts “to break people, bankrupt and blackball them”.

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  1. That’s one of the most powerful interviews I’ve ever heard. Thanks, now I’m nauseous. But really, it’s quite heartbreaking to hear Mr. Drake speak. You hear the deep sense of betrayal and diappointment in his voice. That the most patriotic thing one can do can land you in the crosshairs of the government of the country you served with honor your entire life is very distressing. A country that has become an entity which is anathema to its founding principles, a fiendish dystopian cartoon version of everything it told its people was THE enemy for decades. Its all quite literally insane. (big sigh)

  2. The entire pre strike foreknowledge, distortions, redactions, corruptions right up to event, all snaking their way to the great SURPRISE! when clearly it wasn’t for so many….the clear gains made by its effect, the pivot point moment USA descends into COGt National security superstate…..How obvious does it get. Great conversation, thanks both .

  3. We should stop thinking NSA is “our” men, working for “our” interests”. We should neither think NSA is working for themselves.

    “The Guardian (relying on Edward Snowden’s revelations) reports that the NSA agreed in March 2009 to routinely share its eavesdropping information on American citizens with Israeli intelligence. ..
    The Americans in Israel’s camp at least think that “what’s good for Israel is good for America”—or at least so they proclaim, publicly. But no one can imagine that feeding Israel eavesdropped information on Americans is good for those Americans—that’s why this ugly program has been kept secret. We have Edward Snowden to thank, otherwise we might never have known how far the rot has gone.”

  4. Thomas Drake did not see the big picture in his time, and for good reasons, no one told him the big picture. And they also decided he should never learn about the big picture anyway.

    That is how they operate, good guys are not wanted, bad guys are wanted. Knights Templar Gen. Alexander is really bad. Think about it, this is much worse than a “fifth column”.

  5. More people than whistleblowers are attacked by government
    “After years of sweeping the issue under the rug and hoping no one would notice, the FDA has now finally admitted that chicken meat sold in the USA contains arsenic, a cancer-causing toxic chemical that’s fatal in high doses. But the real story is where this arsenic comes from: It’s added to the chicken feed on purpose!”

  6. Excellent interview, Peter B, and well worthy of pulling out of the archives during your break. Thanks.

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