A new documentary, 'War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State,' shows how the Obama administration is using an archaic law from 1917, The Espionage Act, to prosecute whistleblowers who sound the alarm on lawbreakers (video below).
According to Mother Jones, the documentary, which is free to order from the film's website, covers four whistleblowers who faced severe consequences from their employers and the U.S. government, which is supposed to protect them.
"It's extremely dangerous in America right now to be right as a whistleblower when the government is so wrong," said Thomas Drake, a former executive at the National Security Agency who was arrested for revealing the secret warrantless wiretaps of Americans by the National Security Agency.
The film also shows how the Obama Administration went after Drake and Thomas Tamm, a former attorney to the Department of Justice, who went to the New York Times about President George W. Bush's warrantless wiretapping program.
Michael DeKort, a lead systems engineer at Lockheed Martin, blew the whistle on his company's poorly-made systems for the U.S. Coast Guard. When his supervisors at Lockheed Martin refused to listen, he went on YouTube. For probably saving the lives of U.S. Coast Guard officers, DeKort was fired.
"If people did the right thing, whistleblowers wouldn't exist," said DeKort. "When was the last time a whistleblower raised an issue that wasn't correct? Do you know how insane you'd have to be to go through all this crap if you were wrong?"
In November 2012, President Obama signed the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA), a law that supposedly improves protections for federal employees, but only protects whistleblowers who report illegal acts committed by employer to their employer.