The Secret Sharer [The New Yorker]
Is Thomas Drake an enemy of the state?
"On June 13th , a fifty-four-year-old former government employee named Thomas Drake is scheduled to appear in a courtroom in Baltimore, where he will face some of the gravest charges that can be brought against an American citizen. A former senior executive at the National Security Agency, the government’s electronic-espionage service, he is accused, in essence, of being an enemy of the state. . . . . . .
Steven Aftergood, the director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists, says of the Drake case, “The government wants this to be about unlawfully retained information. The defense, meanwhile, is painting a picture of a public-interested whistle-blower who struggled to bring attention to what he saw as multibillion-dollar mismanagement.” Because Drake is not a spy, Aftergood says, the case will “test whether intelligence officers can be convicted of violating the Espionage Act even if their intent is pure.” He believes that the trial may also test whether the nation’s expanding secret intelligence bureaucracy is beyond meaningful accountability. “It’s a much larger debate than whether a piece of paper was at a certain place at a certain time,” he says."
Back in the early days of the 'Cold War' I worked for one of the many satellite organizetions which furnished the NSA with much of its classified communications information. It was a fascinating job, but even back then I was aware of the possible excesses of this national security organization.
U.S. v. Whistleblower Tom Drake [60 Minutes]
C2CAM September 16 2012 - NSA Whistleblower
And it goes even deeper — when ANYONE who posts on the internet is a possible 'Enemy of the State'.
Controlling the Web