Ellsberg, Whistleblower, Gravel, Constitution

Give a Little Whistle



Last week at our General Assembly I attended a panel presentation celebrating the 35th anniversary of the publication of the Pentagon Papers by the Beacon Press. Amy Goodman moderated the panel which was made up of Daniel Ellsberg, former employee of the Rand Corporation, Mike Gravel, former Senator from Alaska and current candidate for President, and Bob West, former President of the Unitarian Universalist Association which owns the Beacon Press. Today, most of the panel discussion was aired on Goodman's Democracy Now. You can listen/watch/read it here.
Needless to say, it was quite a story and lifts up the true heroism of these three men, the whistleblower, the patriotic legislator, and the brave religious leader. What they did changed the world as we knew it and shed light on a series of secretive administrations and the lies they told to get us into and keep us in unlawful wars.

On this day when the current administration has flagrantly flouted the law and flipped the country and the Constitution the finger with a rousing F.U. we need brave whistleblowers now more than ever.

So if you or anyone you know has information regarding, lets say the CIA's damage assessment spelling out the consequences of the leaking of Valerie Plame's identity and blowing the cover of Brewster Jennings; or perhaps you have some documetation regarding who sat around the table when Darth Cheney met to develop the energy policy, or maybe you have some other information about the firing of the US Attorneys that will nail Abu Gonzo . . . . well, you get the idea. I'm sure that Sen. Leahy's office or Congressman Conyers' office might find a way of quietly welcoming you to into the light.

Just to remind us all of the words of the song above:

When you get in trouble and you don't know right from wrong,
give a little whistle!
Give a little whistle!
When you meet temptation and the urge is very strong,
give a little whistle!
Give a little whistle!
Not just a little squeak,
pucker up and blow.
And if your whistle's weak, yell "Juminy Cricket!"

Take the straight and narrow path
and if you start to slide,
give a little whistle!
Give a little whistle!
And always let your conscience be your guide

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