THE WIDER WAR ON WHISTLEBLOWERS
BY BARRY SCOTT SUSSMAN
National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden’s shocking revelations of massive illegal government surveillance was swiftly met by the Obama administration’s routine response to whistleblowers, criminal prosecution in federal court. The program he exposed is nothing less than a full-scale government effort to completely eliminate individual privacy. The federal regime, in homage to their ostensible ideological forbearers, the East German Stasi, has at least in practice adopted the Stasi’s motto of “to know everything.” Snowden was charged with a variety of offenses directly flowing from his whistleblowing, including theft of government property, unauthorized communication of national defense information and willful communication of classified communications intelligence information to an unauthorized person, in a criminal complaint dated June 14th.