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Barack Obama promised a “transparent” government, but President Obama has cracked down on whistleblowers — in the name of national security. Reporters and leakers have been threatened with prosecution and even prison time. Now, advocates of open government are soliciting Washington whistleblowers with advertisements and promises of confidentiality. Is it Deep Throat 2.0? When is press freedom really at risk? When is secrecy needed to make Americans safe?

Banner Image: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the White House about the Iraq situation in Washington June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Obama Speaks on Iraq 7 MIN, 49 SEC

President Obama today said American combat forces will not return to Iraq, but 300 US military advisors will be sent there. Julian Barnes reports from the Pentagon for the Wall Street Journal.

Guests:
Julian Barnes, Wall Street Journal (@julianbarnes )

Does Government Secrecy Really Keep Americans Safer? 35 MIN, 39 SEC

The Obama Administration has cracked down on leakers of classified information, and on reporters who refuse to reveal their sources. Now an open-government group is fighting back by advertising for whistleblowers in Washington. The first of 11 planned billboards has gone up near the State Department.

Edward Snowden and Chelsey Manning are accused of treason, but open-government advocates say whistleblowing should be part of American culture. Is secrecy used more to keep the public in the dark than to make Americans safer?

Guests:
Norman Solomon, Executive Director, Institute for Public Accuracy (@normansolomon)
Gabriel Schoenfeld, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute (@gabeschoenfeld)
Peter Van Buren, author, 'We Meant Well' (@WeMeantWell)
Andrew Beaujon, Poynter Online (@abeaujon)

Resurrection of the Neo-Cons 7 MIN, 42 SEC

Advocates of the war in Iraq are now back on the airwaves, and in print, criticizing the Obama Administration and offering solutions for Iraq’s current crisis. In a blistering attack on President Obama for winding down the war in Iraq, former Vice President Dick Cheney wrote in the Wall Street Journal that, “Rarely has a US President been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.” On CNN, Wolf Blitzer interviewed Anthony Zinni, retired Marine General and former Commander of CENTCOM asking, is Cheney still credible when it comes to Iraq? David Corn is Washington Bureau Chief for Mother Jones magazine, a distinctly non-neo-con publication.

Guests:
David Corn, Mother Jones magazine (@DavidCornDC)

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