Scott Horton, Harper’s Magazine Contributing Editor and author of Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America’s Stealth Warfare, speaks about the role of secrecy with national security. He also explains why Richard (Dick) Cheney is the perfect example of a Lord of Secrecy.
Who is Thomas Drake? According to Wikipedia: Thomas Drake “is a former senior executive of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), a decorated United States Air Force and United States Navy veteran, and a whistleblower. In 2010 the government alleged that Drake mishandled documents, one of the few such Espionage Act cases in U.S. history.
“Drake’s defenders claim that he was instead being persecuted for challenging the Trailblazer Project…”
“On June 9, 2011, all 10 original charges against him were dropped. Drake rejected several deals because he refused to ‘plea bargain with the truth.’ He eventually pled to one misdemeanor count for exceeding authorized use of a computer; Jesselyn Radack of the Government Accountability Project, who helped represent him, called it an act of ‘civil disobedience.‘”