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Protection for Whistleblowers

• Person-to-Person Outreach
Daniel Ellsberg is working personally with numerous whistleblowers tosupport them in their truth-telling activities, such as Sibel Edmonds, Staff Sergeant Mejia, and Great Britain's Katharine Gun.

• Legal Counsel
The Center for National Security has undertaken, for the project, an effort to locate first-rate lawyers who will announce publicly their readiness to provide pro-bono legalservices for government insiders contemplating truth-telling. Additionally,the project will assist in developing a legal defense fund forwhistleblowers.
The Project for Government Oversight and the Center for National Security Studies are providing interns for legal research.

• Public Outreach
The project is working to bring Iraq-war whistleblowers to the public eye through joint press conferences, radio and television appearances, articles, and symposia, with the goal of inspiring current insiders with these truth-tellers' moral example. Daniel Ellsberg will continue with op-eds,and radio, television, and print interviews.

• Organization Outreach
The project will be working closely with the Institute for Public Accuracy, the Project for Government Oversight (POGO), the Government Accountability Project, the Center for National Security Security Studies, and

• Publications
Starting in 2005, Daniel Ellsberg will write a book on whistleblowing, whichwill attempt to put the issue of government secrecy and deception on theforefront of national discussion. The working title is A Higher Loyalty:Presidential Lies, Secrecy, and the Power of Truth-telling.


• Dan is working closely with Sibel Edmonds, FBI whistleblower, who has evidence that the FBI had clear foreknowledge of an impending hijacking attack by al Qaeda, as well as evidence of other potentially criminal charges, the details of which she been prevented from revealing. On June 14, Dan did a joint press conference in DC with her. He will continue to speak publicly with her throughout hearings surrounding her case.

• Dan testified at the June 23 hearing at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, which ruled on Camillo Mejia's application for conscientious objector status. Staff Sergeant Mejia was one of the first whistleblowers on the Iraq torture issue, and has been court-martialed for his refusal to return to Iraq to participate in what he saw as violations of the Geneva Convention. He will be participating in press conferences in Mejia's defense, and tying Mejia's case to the larger issue of whistleblowing.

• On July 8th, Dan was featured on a panel at the ACLU's annual membership conference in San Francisco. Other participants in the conference include Richard Clarke, Howard Dean, Seymour Hersh, Gavin Newsom, and FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley.
Clips of Dan at the ACLU Conference.

• Dan will be a keynote speaker at Veterans for Peace national conference in Boston in July, speaking on secrecy and whistleblowing.

• He will be the keynote speaker on this subjects at the New York Newspaper Association's annual retreat in August. All the major New York papers, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, will be present.

• In September, The National Press Club is arranging a press conference with Dan and other whistleblowers. This is part of the outreach education on the legal status of whistleblowing for journalist.

• Dan has received three major awards for whistleblowing in the past year: the Ron Ridenhour Award, sponsored by the Nation Institute, the James Madison Award, from the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and a whistleblowing award in Berlin from the German Federation of Scientists.

• He continues to write number of articles, and give radio and television interviews on the issues addressed by the Project. These include recent appearances on NPR's morning edition and on MSNBC and op-eds on whistleblowing in the UK Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe.


"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president,
or that weare to stand by the president right or wrong,
is not only unpatriotic and servile,
but is morally treasonable to the American public."

- Theodore Roosevelt (1918)


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