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|Free Screening of new Robert Greenwald film 'War on Whistleblowers'|
|Date||Saturday June 22|
|Time||7:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
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Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo
300 E. Santa Inez
San Mateo, CA 94401
|smpa [at] sanmateopeaceaction.org|
In his newest film, Robert Greenwald sets out to chronicle stories about people in government who try to expose shortcomings in their various departments. Such concerned folks are persecuted and threatened with losing their job or even going to jail. The issues include government overreach in the areas of weapons systems and other military-related hardware that doesn't work, excessive surveillance of citizens, and propaganda meant to persuade us to support going to war. Then there is military conduct in the midst of wars. As the truth is set free, the people who make it possible seem to risk their own freedoms.
The film is one hour and 6 minutes, and an open discussion will follow the screening. The UU is wheelchair accessible.
The film covers the case of Marine Corps scientist Franz Gayle, who reveals to the press his military branch's refusal to use a vehicle better suited to resist mines and IED's, and who loses first his security clearance, then his job. Lockheed Martin employee Michael DeKort, who exposed his company's subpar construction of Coast Guard cutters, intelligence expert Tom Drake in his role of revealing the National Security Agency's "data mining" program of Americans, and lawyer Thomas Tamm, a lawyer who uncovered the George W. Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program, are three other examples of individuals doing what they felt was right and having to change their lives because of it. Bradley Manning, who released a huge document trove for Wikileaks, is another.
Along with the victims of the "War on Whistleblowers," the film also features input from civil libertarians from organizations such as the Project on Government Oversight and the Government Accountability Project, as well as investigative reporters working to keep government and business honest about how they treat people who try to tell the truth. Don't miss this important documentary about brave people who set a unique example for activists everywhere.