Just in case there are any F**king Idiots left out there after OPOL's AWESOME DAMN DIARY, I'm going to link you to an interview – conducted just this past Monday, June 10, 2013 – with some guy you've probably never heard of. But he's important. And his name is Thomas Drake.
He has his own Wikipedia Entry, this Drake fellow. The intro to it is here:
Thomas Andrews Drake (born 1957) is a former senior executive of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and a decorated United States Air Force and United States Navy veteran. He has experience with computer software, linguistics, management, and leadership. He is also a whistleblower. In 2010 the government alleged that Drake 'mishandled' documents, one of the few such Espionage Act cases in U.S. history. Drake's defenders claim that he was instead being persecuted for challenging the Trailblazer Project. He is the 2011 recipient of the Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling and co-recipient of the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII) award.
On June 9, 2011, all 10 original charges against him were dropped. Drake rejected several deals because he refused to “plea bargain with the truth”. He eventually pled to one misdemeanor count for exceeding authorized use of a computer; Jesselyn Radack of the Government Accountability Project, who helped represent him, called it an act of “civil disobedience.”
And for those of you who haven't been watching, Jesselyn Radack is one of us. Actually, she's a damn good example of one of us.
So now that you have some idea who this “Drake” fellow is, look below the KosSpaghetti for the link to the Reuters interview with him. Then click it. Then watch it. Then decide which side of this you're going to be on for the rest of our collective lives.