Saturday, September 28, 2013

The war on whistleblowers is a war against your conscience

The war on whistleblowers is a war against your conscience

The mainstream media is on a mission: to blur the lines between blowing the whistle and blowing you away. In this despicable ploy, whistleblowers are being aligned with terrorists, mass murderers, traitors and spies. TIME magazine published a lineup entitled “Slipping through the cracks,” where whistleblowers Edward Snowdenand Chelsea Manning were wedged in between two mass murderers, Nidal Hasan (the Fort Hood shooter) and Aaron Alexis (the Navy Yard killer). Washingtonian took it a step further, grouping Snowden and Manning with a large group of “bridge-burning traitors,” foreign spies and moles.

Why is the mainstream media making such ludicrous comparisons? They’re merely reciting the government’s talking points. Former head of the NSA and the CIA, Gen. Michael V. Hayden, who is now a CNN Terrorism Analyst and a principal with the infamous Chertoff Group, was foaming at the mouth about Snowden’s disclosures in his recent op-ed. Hayden not only declared Snowden “the most costly leaker of American secrets in the history of the Republic,” but also managed to lump together whistleblowers Ed Snowden, Daniel Ellsberg and Chelsea Manning with notorious spies Benedict Arnold, Klaus Fuchs, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen. Hayden also pontificated that journalists like James Rosen and Glenn Greenwald should be treated not as reporters, but as criminal co-conspirators.

The mainstream media, having seamlessly morphed into the government’s public relations branch, obediently ran with the same deliberately false comparisons. They seized on the unsurprising coincidence that whistleblower Snowden and a mentally disturbed mass murderer Aaron Alexis were vetted by the same company that processes the majority of security checks for government contractors. A flurry of headlines followed, starkly juxtaposing a hero with a villain.