Sunday, July 7, 2013


Before the entire world gets all warm and fuzzy with the term “whistleblower”, they need to have some idea of just what a “whistleblower” is, both figuratively and literally. We tend to jump to the Figurative definition when we hear of anyone telling secrets, or uncovering wrong doings, no matter the situation and no matter the accusations. With so much leaking of secrets, governmental, industrial and corporate, the lines between “leaking” and “whistleblowing” are getting blurred. Literally speaking, the act of “whistleblowing” is initiated by an individual who feels he/she has been told to do, or sees, something that he/she feels is, at best not legal, or injurious to others. It really is no more complicated than that.

With this literal definition in mind, a number of folks in the News are exempt from this category. This would include Bradley Manning, Ed Snowden, Mark Klein, Samy Kamkar, Russ Tice, and Babak Pasdar. These are but a few of the people who had daily access to very sensitive documents the Government would rather you and I not see. In neither instance were any one of these people asked to do anything that was harmful, or illegal, to themselves, or anyone else. They have absconded with information entrusted to them, or made available, by their employers and have chosen to share said information to the general public much to the dismay of their employers. In most cases, as with the aforementioned individuals, there was a serious attempt to leak their findings and documents through the legitimate Press in this Country. All the Media outlets who were approached either balked, or outright declined to touch any of this. When these “ultimate down-loaders” got rejected by local Media, they felt justified in seeking other outlets for their disclosures. That is what brought The Guardian Newspaper and Wikileaks into the lime light. And, having successfully leaked all these documents, I would find highly improbable that any of the main actors were at all surprised with the Government’s reaction.

When it comes to the inner operations of the U.S. Intelligence Agencies, there appears to be a heightened degree of overt ego; protracted across the breadth of management in these Agencies. This sense of entitlement to self-importance is usually spurred on by zealots and hawks in the Legislative and Executive Branches of the U.S. Federal bureaucratic maze. With regard to the egos involved, one needs simply to watch C-Span to get a feeling of the total arrogance held not only by the leadership of these Agencies, but also the Assistants, Deputies, Under-Secretaries, and the like (especially in the Intelligence community). I only point this out because of the apparent direction of deception our Federal Government is going. Think about it. We have so many “wars” on so many subjects and issues that the American Public is being driven into accepting secrecy as the normal way we conduct every day government. Take a moment, and try to make a list of the “wars” the United States is currently waging. I did, and came up with over fifty of them before my head started to hurt and I had to stop. To wit; war on drugs, war on women, war on guns (whaaat?), war on obesity, war on abortion, war on voters rights, and on and on and on and on!

So, we are left with the task of coming up with a new name for the folks who leak Classified, Top-Secret, Sensitive government documentation to a democratic public who has paid good money for an open form of said government. Calling them “Leakers” seems so plebeian and mundane. The term “Outers” may confuse them with the LGBT Community (certainly not a parallel worthy of making). Something along the lines of “UDL – Ultimate Down-loader” may be an apt moniker.

Bradley Manning – DoD UDL
Ed Snowden – NSA UDL
Russ Tice – NSA UDL
Samy Kamkar – TELECOM UDL
Babak Pasdar - TELECOM UDL
Mark Klein - TELECOM  UDL
Ultimate DownLoader

So let’s hear it!

Send in your own suggestions.

Keep those cards and letters coming.

The ones you didn’t hear much about:
Computer security consultant performing contract work for a major telecom carrier, revealed that a U.S. government office in Quantico, Virginia had direct, high-speed access to a major wireless carrier's systems, exposing customers' voicecalls, data packets and physical movements to uncontrolled surveillance. Pasdar executed a seven-page affidavit for the nonprofit Government Accountability Project in Washington.
retired communications technician for AT&T, revealed the details of his personal knowledge of the secret 2003 construction of a monitoring facility in Room 641A of 611 Folsom Street in San Francisco, the site of a large SBC phone building, three floors of which are occupied by AT&T. The facility is alleged to be one of several operated by the National Security Agency as part of the warrantless surveillance undertaken by the Bush administration in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Former intelligence analyst for the National Security Agency (NSA), the U.S. Air ForceOffice of Naval Intelligence, and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Most recently he is one of the sources used by the New York Times in reporting on the NSA wiretapping controversy. He had earlier been known for reporting suspicions that a DIA colleague of his might be a Chinese spy.[citation needed]
Computer hacker who exposed the illicit, global mobile phone tracking of all users, regardless of GPS or Location Services settings, on the Apple iPhone, Google Android and Microsoft Windows Phone mobile devices, and their transmission of GPS and Wi-Fi information to their parent companies, which led to a series of class-action lawsuits and a privacy hearing on Capitol Hill.

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