Does Privacy Really Matter? Surveillance, Secrecy, and the National Security Agency
Can our democracy survive massive NSA surveillance? That's for you to decide...
Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack are featured in Robert Greenwald's film, War on Whistleblowers. They are in Tacoma on February 8 to speak about the big questions raised by the facts of massive surveillance, government secrecy, and unchecked government action. They visited with Edward Snowden in Russia in September of 2013, and among other things, they will be talking about the effect of Snowden's actions on American society.
Drake, a former senior executive with the NSA, blew the whistle on the NSA in 2006. "In a 2011 New Yorker article, journalist Jane Mayer wrote that Drake felt the NSA was committing serious crimes against the American people, on a level worse than what president Nixon had done in the 1970s."[wikipedia] He was subsequently indicted on several counts, including the Espionage Act, and it took several years before those charges were dropped by the government, shortly after a 60-Minutes episode on his case.
Last July in Tacoma at the Grand Cinema, Drake Skyped with the audience after a showing of War on Whistleblowers. As the film ended and Drake's face appeared on the screen, live via Skpye, the audience erupted into thunderous applause because of his courageous actions depicted in the film. Now he is coming to Tacoma 'in the flesh,' and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Jesselyn Radack is a former ethics adviser to the U.S. Dept. of Justice who turned whistleblower when she disclosed the FBI's ethics violations in the investigation of John Walker Lindh, denied an attorney in the aftermath of his capture during the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan. An honors graduate of Brown Univ. and Yale Law School, Radack is now director of national security and human rights at the Government Accountability Project. She worked with Drake while he was still under indictment, helping him strategize his legal course as well as his message to the public.
Washington State History Museum (View)
1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98401
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|