Death Penalty for whistleblowers

Friends,

This one is really egregious. It looks like the our government is classifying whistleblowing as “Communicating With the Enemy” — since (just like the rest of us) “the enemy” can access releases by whistleblowers once they’ve been made public. It’s an offense that carries the death penalty.

Click here to tell Obama and Defense Secretary Panetta to reverse this outrageous legal interpretation — No death penalty for whistleblowers!

http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/whistleblower_death_penalty/?referring_a…

Here’s Glenn Greenwald with more details (emphasis added):

A US air force systems analyst who expressed support for WikiLeaks and accused leaker Bradley Manning triggered a formal military investigation last year to determine whether she herself had leaked any documents to the group….

The investigation was ultimately closed when they could find no evidence of unauthorized leaking, but what makes these documents noteworthy is the possible crime cited by military officials as the one they were investigating: namely, “Communicating With the Enemy”, under Article 104 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).

He continues:

It seems clear that the US military now deems any leaks of classified information to constitute the capital offense of “aiding the enemy” or “communicating with the enemy” even if no information is passed directly to the “enemy” and there is no intent to aid or communicate with them.

Merely informing the public about classified government activities now constitutes this capital crime because it “indirectly” informs the enemy.

Just click here to email Obama, Panetta, and your lawmakers: No death penalty for whistleblowers!

http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/whistleblower_death_penalty/?referring_a…

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