Documentary & Discussion: WAR ON WHISTLEBLOWERS



Without whistleblowers in government or private industry, the American public might not have known about the Watergate scandal. We might never have discovered that multiple presidential administrations had lied about the Vietnam War. Or that Big Tobacco knew cigarettes contained harmful carcinogens even as they continued to manufacture and market them. Whistleblowers are compelled to speak out against waste, fraud and abuse. They deliver transparency and accountability in an age of state secrets, billion-dollar contracts and unprecedented collusion between private and public entities.  

In War on Whistleblowers, Brave New Foundation tells the story of four whistleblowers, including Thomas Tamm, who revealed improper wiretapping of Americans’ telecommunications, and Pentagon whistleblower Franz Gayl, whose recommendation for proper equipment to avoid roadside bomb fatalities in Iraq was initially ignored. Through their experiences, we discover that the Obama Administration has been marked by an unprecedented campaign of prosecution against those who try to reveal wrongdoing both within and outside of government. The administration’s use of the Espionage Act to pursue eight whistleblowers has in fact created a dangerous climate of intimidation and retribution, not only for the whistleblowers themselves, but also for the reporters who break their stories.

Following the movie, Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, a local whistleblower and author, will speak for a few minutes and then we'll have an open discussion. 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    great speaker, she was an author of a well
    published book.
    She added so much to the film and to the discussion.
    We were lucky to have her!

    September 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    excellent film, great list of future films,
    please donate a few dollars to defray costs.

    If you live in Montgomery County, this is an
    easy to reach location.
    Great films, great discussion, Bruce

    September 22, 2013

  • Thomas M.

    The movie was interesting as was the speaker but having both on the same evening was too much. I had to leave before the movie discussion. The popcorn was a nice touch.

    September 21, 2013

  • Mark

    My RSVP is conditional on if I can get from the south side of the city to the far north side in time.

    I hope you have a better turn out than the current RSVPing suggests.

    September 17, 2013

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