Whistleblowing and Truth-telling

How far is the government willing to go in the name of national defense, and how far are we willing to let it go to ensure our security? This panel will address the abuses of secrecy, the risks of breaking ranks, and the ethics of disobedience.

KATHLEEN MCCLELLAN, National Security & Human Rights Deputy Director at the Government Accountability Project. She supports national security and intelligence community whistleblowers, with a focus on the issues of torture, surveillance, excessive secrecy, and political discrimination. She has represented whistleblowers from the National Security Agency (NSA), Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security. Working with National Security & Human Rights Director Jesselyn Radack, she has represented NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake and CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou.

EYAL PRESS is a writer. His work has appeared in the New York Review of BooksThe New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The Nation, and the Raritan Review. He is the author of Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times, and Absolute Convictions, a narrative account of the abortion conflict. He is a past recipient of the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.

ERIC SCHMITT is a senior writer for The New York Times who covers domestic and international terrorism issues. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for his work as part of teams of New York Times reporters covering the transfer of sensitive military technology to China, and of Afghanistan and Pakistan, respectively. Schmitt is coauthor of Counterstrike: the Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda.

ROANE CAREY (moderator) is managing editor at The Nation. He was the editor of The New Intifada and, with Jonathan Shainin, The Other Israel: Voices of Refusal and Dissent.