War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State

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Published on 1st August 2017 by

War on Whistleblowers is a 66 minute long 2013 documentary by Robert Greenwald, founder of Brave New Films, which highlights several high profile cases where employees of American government bodies have blown the whistle to expose government corruption. For each of the individuals who chose to expose the fraud or abuse saw their personal and professional lives severely affected, proving that the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act did not live up to its promise to provide protection to whistle blowers and encourage them to speak up.

The film asserts that there has never been a worse time to be a whistleblower in America and claims that Obama’s administration targeted more whistleblowers under the Espionage Act than all previous administrations combined, and the lives of journalists who work with them to handle and publicize issues have also had their lives made uncomfortable. Several whistleblowers are interviewed for the film including Michael DeKort, Thomas Drake, Franz Gayl, and Thomas Tamm.

Also interviewed are numerous journalists from publications including the New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, USA Today, as well as several experts on national security and defense. Other acclaimed films by Greenwald include Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism (2004) and Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers (2006).

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