by Robert Maynard
Things are not looking very bright for the cause of freedom when a former National Security Agency official sees a “soft tyranny” enveloping the United States under President Obama, whose Administration he claimed is “exhibiting narcissistic tendencies.” Of particular concern to this former official is “the federal government’s targeting of journalists and their sources.” Here is the story from “The Daily Caller”:
The Obama administration’s targeting of journalists and their sources is an assault on the First Amendment, a former National Security Agency official and prominent whistleblower says.
“[R]eporters have shared with me privately that some of their most trusted sources within government are increasingly afraid to speak with them, even off-the-record, for fear that they will be monitored and surveilled,” Thomas Drake, a former senior executive of the National Security Agency and a whistleblower who was prosecuted by the Obama administration, told The Daily Caller in an exclusive interview.
“That’s self-censorship,” he said.
Drake explained to TheDC that he sees a “soft tyranny” enveloping the United States through the federal government’s targeting of journalists and their sources.
Such a fear of speaking to the press, he said, interferes with the freedom of association — recognized in the First Amendment as an essential component of free speech.
Reporters are then left with talking points and privileged access to government officials, he explained, all amounting to government propaganda.
Drake passed along unclassified information about wasteful spending on the development of the National Security Agency’s post-9/11 secret surveillance program. For that, he was singled out by the Obama administration for indictment and prosecution.