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TRAITOR: The Whistleblower and the "American Taliban" (Foreword by Glenn Greenwald) Paperback – January 30, 2012
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When you hear the phrase "American Taliban" you probably think of a young American who betrayed his country, aided its enemies, and - like Saddam Hussein - was behind the attacks of 9-11. John Walker Lindh was an American. That part is accurate. He converted to Islam at age 16 and traveled to Yemen to study classical Arabic and Islamic theology. In 2001 he went to Afghanistan to join an ongoing battle between a political group funded by Russia and another group funded by the United States. Lindh joined the group that was backed and funded by the Bush Administration. It was called the Taliban. Lindh trained to fight the Northern Alliance, not civilians, and not the United States. But, after 9-11, the United States attacked the Taliban, and Lindh attempted to escape and return to America.
Instead he and other soldiers were captured by the Northern Alliance and beaten senseless in the presence of two CIA officers, Johnny "Mike" Spann and Dave Tyson, who interrogated Lindh and threatened him with death on the spot. When some of the other prisoners rebelled (Lindh was not involved), Northern Alliance troops shot and killed scores of prisoners, many with their arms tied behind their backs. Lindh was shot in the leg. Spann was killed. (Though he was not involved, Lindh was later charged with conspiracy to murder Spann.)
When Lindh was finally in U.S.Read more ›
Jesselyn Radack's exceptionally well-written memoir about her ordeal as a Justice Department whistleblower details attacks from the George W. Bush administration on both her professional and personal life, from forcing her out of her career at the Justice Department to anonymous administration officials calling her a "traitor," "turncoat," and "terrorist sympathizer."
Glenn Greenwald says it best in his forward to Radack's first-hand account of whistleblowing: "In June 2002, Jesselyn Radack exposed one of the first cases of torture post-9/11 - being used on an American - in the case of John Walker Lindh. Her sobering book should be required reading for all first-year law students because it shows poignantly how 'national security' is being used to fundamentally bastardize constitutional law, criminal procedure, human rights, civil liberties and legal ethics."
Greenwald is right, the intersection in Radack's book of torture, national security, freedom of speech and legal ethics makes the book a unique - and invaluable - contribution to any curriculum. The book is packed full of weedy legal issues fit for wanna-be lawyers, but anyone will be mesmerized by her harrowing tale about the lengths to which our government will go to silence critics.
Radack's story is a stark example of how necessary whistleblowers are in order to ensure transparency in government and of how necessary whistleblower rights are in order to ensure that patriots like Radack are protected and not excoriated.
"The Justice Department forced me out of my job" she writes, "placed me under criminal investigation, got me fired from my next job in the private sector, reported me to the state bars in which I'm licensed as an attorney, and put me on the 'no fly list.'"
Her offense? She believed, erroneously as it turned out, that the Department would not want to use illegally obtained evidence in its prosecution of John Walker Lindh, an American convert to Islam. He had been imprisoned by Afghan warlords in November 2001 soon after the U.S.-led NATO invasion of the country after 9/11.
Lindh, then 20, was a California-born convert to Islam. He had travelled to Yemen on a spiritual quest in 2000, and went to Afghanistan in June 2001 to join the Taliban army at a time when the Taliban government, a United States ally in the 1980s, was still receiving United States aid. Lindh survived a harsh POW camp in which more than three quarters of his 400 fellow Taliban POWs died in chaotic conditions along with an American interrogator.
Radack advised against further federal interrogation of Lindh without a lawyer present because his parents had retained counsel.Read more ›
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Our country has been talking the talk for a long time, just not walking the walk. The media is on board, allowing real news about events and trouble we create throughout the world... Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by Brian McNally
This book will tell you the risks whistleblowers go through. It also tells alot more about the "American Taliban" than I ever could have found out from the news media. Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by zansdor
This book is a must-read for any U.S. citizen who takes the U.S. government at its word without scrutiny. The first-hand accounts of Jesselyn Radack, a victim of the U.S. Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by Carey S.
This a a true story and demonstrates how the Govt bureaucracy screws employees that disagrees with established order. Read morePublished on November 22, 2012 by Thomas Adams
Ms. Radack should not have been subjected to such abuses as an attorney. It takes a courageous
person with a strong moral compass to buck the system and do the right thing... Read more