This film from 2013 looks at the role whistleblowers play in the USA, and why they are necessary for a functioning democracy. Starting with Daniel Ellsberg, who released the Pentagon Papers, which showed how the Johnson administration had systematically lied about the war in Vietnam, the film moves on to more recent cases.
The first modern case that is covered is that of Franz Gayl who showed that the use of humbees in Iraq was leaving soldiers open to death and serious injury, when there was a good alternative, which was being obstructed by interested parties who wanted to keep the money rolling in.
The film also covers the cases of whistleblowers like Thomas Drake (NSA), Michael DeKort (Deepwater) and Thomas Tamm (wire-tapping). The film also shows how the Obama administration made things much worse despite all the rhetoric in the run up to his election.
Much of what is said here is, of course, still relevant today, though I think the distinction made between leakers and whisteblowers is not a good distinction to make, as we see in the Manning-Assange cases which are currently playing out.
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