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Whistleblowers: The Best and the Bravest Among Us

This is an homage to whistleblowers, a heartfelt paean of gratitude for your courage and your clarity, your putting ethics and the greater good over self-interest, generously risking your own well-being and safety because of your commitment to principle over profit and transparency over secrecy.  You are the reason we know the extent of corporate corruption of government and the abuse of power, the impetus behind the Arab Spring and the Occupy Movement, the catalysts in the struggle for democracy and against authoritarianism. 

It is the Daniel Ellsbergs, the John Kiriakous, the Aaron Swartzes, the Bradley Mannings, the Julian Assanges, and the Edward Snowdens who shine light on the cover-ups and the schemes of the 1% who would subvert democracy and justice in service of their lust for power, greed, and self-enrichment at the expense of the 99%.  You are the best and bravest of us and the truth you disseminate shines brightest and most brilliantly through the strength of your character. 

We will forever be in your debt and honor your service to humanity when we repeat your names as mantras invoking a higher consciousness and a deeper good for all life on this living planet.  May the great goddess protect you from all harm and expand your influence to everyone everywhere and give them the courage and stamina to stand tall against oppression in all its forms!  Daniel, John, Edward, Bradley, Julian, Aaron thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!  You are beacons of light in a dark, benighted world!

http://consortiumnews.com/2013/07/08/snowden-honored-by-ex-intel-officials/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/daniel-ellsberg-nsa-leaker-snowden-made-the-right-call/2013/07/07/0b46d96c-e5b7-11e2-aef3-339619eab080_story.html

http://www.cepr.net/index.php/op-eds-&-columns/op-eds-&-columns/obama-retreats-on-snowden-even-the-worlds-most-powerful-media-and-intelligence-apparatus-cant-always-control-public-opinion

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/07/edward-snowden-public-opinion

Petitions re Snowden and the NSA:

Tell Congress: Investigate NSA abuses and protect our constitutional rights

http://wh.gov/liZnR

http://bit.ly/10KZOrR

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_prism_global/?taGunbb

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Repeal Indefinite Detention

Sections 1021 & 1022 of he NDAA 2012 are an outright attack on habeas corpus and the Bill of Rights.  President Obama’s support of these sections, the pressure  he exerted on Congress to vote for it, his attempts to coerce the courageous Judge Katherine Forrest to reverse her decision in the challenge brought by Chris Hedges, Noam Chomsky, et al, and now his administration’s fatuous, imperious interpretation that her permanent injunction somehow “interferes” with his role as commander-in-chief are outrageous and proof positive that he is relentlessly pursuing a dangerous course of extreme executive overreach.  Being President does not confer absolute power and this is not a monarchy.  Sections 1021 & 1022 of the NDAA 2012 bill that legalize black bag kidnapping of American citizens on American soil are UNCONSTITUTIONAL and need to be immediately REPEALED!!!

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=Ntj4mkJiuzbBWpWJUrYjnXEBTSTMDdik>

http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-administration-fights-for-the-ndaa-2012-9#ixzz26l77mta9

http://rt.com/usa/news/ndaa-hedges-appeal-obama-339/

Repeal Indefinite Detention

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