War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State

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Date(s) -
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Drexel Theatre

The Columbus Film Council presents:
The 4th Tuesday Free Press screening of:

War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State
66 minutes
Robert Greenwald

Long before anyone ever heard of Edward Snowden, George W. Bush was using the National Security Agency to conduct warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens in violation of federal law. Barack Obama ran on a platform of reversing Bush’s policies, and the country couldn’t vote him into office fast enough. As filmmaker Robert Greenwald (Koch Brothers Exposed) makes clear in his shocking new documentary, Obama took a special interest in making life hell for anybody who felt compelled to spill the beans on government wrongdoing. The film doesn’t so much unfold as detonate. It’s a swift kick in the pants at 66 minutes and utilizes a deft blend of archival footage, graphs, subject interviews and bites from knowledgeable talking heads such as David Carr, Seymour Hersh and the original whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg. Greenwald chronicles the sagas of four individuals — Michael DeKort, Thomas Drake, Franz Gayl and Thomas Tamm — with one experience in common: They discovered malfeasance within the government, reported the information to their superiors, were ignored and ultimately went to the press. OK, two experiences in common: The ordeal left their lives in tatters.

Admission is free, donations encouraged.

This screening has been made possible with support
from the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus
Arts Council.