Obama Has Sentenced Whistleblowers to 25 Times the Jail Time of All Prior U.S. Presidents COMBINED

And Obama Is Arguably More Hostile Towards The Press Than Any President In History

The Obama administration has prosecuted more whistleblowers than all other presidents combined.

This administration has also obtained much longer jail sentences against whistleblowers than previous presidents.

ACLU legislative counsel Gabe Rottman noted last October:

The Obama administration has secured 526 months of prison time for national security leakers, versus only 24 months total jail time for everyone else since the American Revolution.

(So – as of October – Obama had thrown whistleblowers in jail for 22 times longer than all other presidents.)

Today, whistleblower Barrett Brown was sentenced to 63 months in prison.

So now we’re up to 589 months for whistleblowers. That’s 25 times more time meted out against whistleblowers by Obama than all other presidents combined.

But even that stunning figure understates the savagery of the Obama administration’s war on whistleblowers …

After all, Jeremy Hammond – regarded by many as a whistleblower – was sentenced by Obama to 10 years in prison.

The trial of CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling is proceeding right now … and the prosecution is seeking a lengthy prison sentence.

If Edward Snowden or Julian Assange are ever caught, the government will seek very lengthy sentences.

And the government would have obtained lengthy prison terms for high-level NSA whistleblowers Thomas Drake and William Binney – and even “framed” them with false evidence – but they were brilliant enough to able to prove with bulletproof evidence that the government was lying.

Top mainstream reporters also say the Obama administration is more hostile to the free press – the folks who spread whistleblower leaks – than any other in history. And see this.

Indeed, Obama is treating reporters like terrorists and criminals. For example:

  • In an effort to protect Bank of America from the threatened Wikileaks expose of the bank’s wrongdoing, the Department of Justice told Bank of America to a hire a specific hardball-playing law firm to assemble a team to take down WikiLeaks (and see this)
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  • nope

    What do you mean, Obama? He isn’t a judge. He doesn’t dole out the sentences. How are you this uninformed?

    • How are you ‘NOT’ this informed is the question?

      Modern Day America: One Step Away from the Third Reich October 31st, 2014

      Unbeknownst to most Americans the United States is presently under thirty presidential declared states of emergency. They confer vast powers on the Executive Branch including the ability to financially incapacitate any person or organization in the United States, seize control of the nation’s communications infrastructure, mobilize military forces, expand the permissible size of the military without congressional authorization, and extend tours of duty without consent from service personnel.


    • edwardrynearson

      Obama is a character in the movie

    • ClubToTheHead

      Nope rhymes with dope.

    • stephenstempo

      Pretty sure obama can pardon any of these people. Other presidents have done it before. He could say “my god you are right the government is doing terrible things and these people were right to bring it into the limelight.” Especially in his lame duck term. Except he doesn’t, because he’s in favor of it.

  • MCB

    This is saying a lot given the track records of Lincoln, Wilson and FDR.

  • Wait there is more everyone needs to know. January 23, 2015 Journalist Barrett Brown Sentenced To Additional 33 Months In Jail After Daring to Investigate Government Insiders

    Barrett Brown, who originally faced over 100 years in prison for the crime of being a journalist, was sentenced to an additional 33 months in prison earlier today. Brown was also ordered to pay $890,000 to a number of companies that were hacked in 2011 – despite having no direct connection to the hack. Brown has already spent 30 months in prison.


  • unheilig

    One more powerful reason why this administration is as bad, if not worse, than Dubya-Cheney’s.

  • Bernhard Voelkelt

    Nice collection of whistleblowers. But notably missing are Sybil Edmonds, the most gagged whistleblower ever and the transgender Chelsea Manning who lingers in a military prison serving a 30 year sentence.

  • jadan

    Obama suckled at the breast of a CIA asset, who was herself the daughter of CIA assets. It is not surprising that he never criticizes or penalizes the CIA because he is a member of the Family.

  • Loki Luck III

    The War on Terror is a conflagration with ourselves.

  • Sovereign Mary

    And yes .. idiots want Edward Snowden to come back to the U.S. and fall into the hands of Eric Holder and Obama? Sure .. your betcha – NOT!

  • Howard Keith West

    Barack Hussein Obama has not sentenced anyone he is not a judge or prosecutor.

  • Josh Stern

    The documentary “Silenced” by James Spione is a good source for getting the story behind the story on some of these whistleblower cases.


    For example, Jesselyn Radack isn’t often mentioned in the whistleblower context because she was not charged with any security violations; she didn’t violate security laws…But her whistleblowing and unwillingness to follow the party line still led her to be extra-judicially attacked, fired, & blackballed. having The FBI broke into the DOJ files where she worked to destroy the evidence in the case she was complaining about, which happened to involve FBI torture and forced confession of “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh and their coverup of being told by the DOJ ethics division where she worked that they were not allowed to do that.

    The attack on whistelblowers is not just about hiding security state info at any cost, even when it violates the public law and trust. It’s also about denying serious & willful wrongdoing, at any cost.