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by Andrew Kreig
Thomas A. Drake is a courageous, expert watchdog over rapidly eroding privacy rights for the public, and vast waste of money by federal authorities who have ramped up surveillance of the public. On Aug. 2, he will share his insights on my weekly radio show, MTL Washington Update.
Co-host Scott Draughon, founder and producer of the network, and I will question the former senior executive of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) who has advised for years against threats to taxpayers, privacy and the democratic process raised by wasteful national security spending.
For that, authorities sought to imprison him on a espionage charges until a federal judge last year forced federal prosecutors to back down. Drake remains vigilant in calling attention to these issues, most recently at forum on privacy issues organized last week by the free-market Cato Institute in Washington, DC.
Our other guest on this week's edition show at noon (EDT) is Wayne Allyn Root, a conservative activist who will discuss Mitt Romney's just-completed foreign trip. Root will also analyze the Tea Party's Texas primary victory this week in the U.S. Senate race and its implications for November.
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Root is a former Presidential candidate, the 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee, and a Tea Party favorite. He is proud to describe himself as "The ultimate Capitalist Evangelist, and "a blue-collar S.O.B. (son of a butcher)" turned small businessman, entrepreneur, CEO, home-school dad, and citizen politician.
Drake is the 2011 recipient of the Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling and co-recipient of the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII) award. As further indicated by his Wikipedia profile: In 2010 the government alleged that he 'mishandled' documents, one of the few such Espionage Act cases in U.S. history. His defenders claim that he was instead being persecuted for challenging the Trailblazer Project.
On June 9, 2011, all 10 original charges against Drake were dropped. He rejected several deals because he refused to "plea bargain with the truth." He eventually pleaded to one misdemeanor count for exceeding authorized use of a computer. Jesselyn Radack of the Government Accountability Project, who helped represent him, called it an act of "Civil Disobedience." Prosecutors wanted Drake to plead guilty, but he refused. He believed that he was innocent of the charges against him. The government wanted him to help prosecute the other whistleblowers. He refused this as well.
He later explained his motivations to the Ridenhour Prizes organization: “I did what I did because I am rooted in the faith that my duty was to the American people" . . . "I knew that you did not spy on Americans and that we were accountable for spending American taxpayer monies wisely."
Drake has briefed lawmakers on Capital Hill recently accompanied by Radack, and is non-partisan in outlook.
In contrast, Root is a political crusader against Democrats and the Obama administration. Also, he is a talk show host, best-selling author, business speaker, and TV/radio commentator on the topics of business, economics, entrepreneurship, and politics. He is a regular guest on Fox News Channel, as well as hundreds of national and local radio shows across the USA, with over 1,000 media appearances annually.
He boasts that his opinions reach tens of millions of Americans as a regular columnist and commentator for many of the most popular political and business web sites- including FoxNews.com, Newsmax.com, TownHall.com, TheBlaze.com, DailyCaller.com, Breitbart.com, PersonalLiberty.com, and many more. He also writes regularly for The Washington Times. He is the best-selling author of seven books.
But he regards himself as a businessman foremost. He runs multiple businesses, and serves as spokesman for numerous national and international companies, including a global precious metals company and law firm. Also, he is a producer of the highest-rated television show on Travel Channel, "Ghost Adventures." A native New Yorker and graduate of Columbia University, this capitalist evangelist proudly resides in Nevada, a state with zero personal & business income tax. He is proud to be the only Nevadan to ever run on a major U.S. Presidential ticket. He was appointed by the governor of Nevada to the Judicial Selection Commission in 2010. His web site is ROOTforAmerica.com.
Republished with permission from Andrew Kreig. Story originally posted by The Justice Integrity Project on August 2, 2012.
:: photo courtesy of Elvert Barnes via Creative Commons license ::
Andrew Kreig is a Washington-based non-profit executive, attorney and investigative reporter who directs the non-partisan Justice Integrity Project, a legal reform group.