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10 Lessons on Making Movies from Brave New Films’ Robert Greenwald: A Decade of Speaking Truth to Power

by Steven Rosenfeld for AlterNet Democratic:

Lies before waging war in Iraq. Deconstructing Fox News propaganda. Profiling Walmart’s culture of greed. Outing bloody wartime profiteers. Introducing America to the Koch brothers. Revealing why whistleblowers matter. Profiling innocent drone victims. 

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Weekly Poll Update: ‘What current issue is most important?’

By Marcie Gainer for Disinformation

Old Poll

Our first weekly poll was a relative success. In light of our soon-to-be released Boredom, we asked your opinions on one of the issues raised in the film. It seems the majority of you agree with director Albert Nerenberg’s conclusion. The results are below:

Are Smart Phones Making Us More Bored?

  • Yes (69%, 121 Votes)
  • No (31%, 54 Votes)

Total Voters: 175

- See more at: http://disinfo.com/2014/07/weekly-poll-update-what-issue-most-important/#sthash.OZX1JmXJ.dpuf

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Film in the Classroom: Introducing Brave New Educators

By Lauren Byrd for Wandering Educators

Film has long been an integral part of our culture. We remember the films we grew up watching, the movies that touched us in some way, and what deeper truths about the human experience a film uncovered. 

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War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State

By Rick Kisonak for Seven Days

Remember George W. Bush? Your memory might be hazy. He doesn’t come around much anymore. During the last election, the Republican National Committee kept him locked in a room. These days he likes painting childlike self-portraits in the tub. And Lord knows that brush on his Crawford ranch isn’t going to clear itself.

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FILMMAKER TAKES CENTER STAGE IN SURVEILLANCE STORY

By Lynn Elber for the Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Laura Poitras' skill and boldness as a documentary filmmaker have gained her Oscar and Emmy nominations, Sundance Film Festival honors and a public TV showcase, even if her work fell short of making a "Super Size Me" splash.

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The Case for a secrecy beat

By Dan Froomkin for the Columbia Journalism Review

Despite the recent blockbuster leaks about spying on the phone records of millions of Americans, and President Obama’s stated willingness to discuss the issues they raise, a front-page New York Times article on Tuesday asserted that “legal and political obstacles” make a vigorous public debate about surveillance and civil liberties highly unlikely.

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Interview: Robert Greenwald on MSNBC's The Ed Show

Robert Greenwald joins Ed Schultz on MSNBC to discuss President Obama's counter terrorism speech and the far reaching implications of the CIA's secret drone program. 

 

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Interview: Robert Greenwald on Geraldo, Geraldo Rivera's radio show

On Monday, May 20th, Robert Greenwald was a guest on Geraldo, Geraldo Rivera's daily radio show.  Listen to Robert's segment below as he discusses the ongoing crackdown on the freedom of the press. 

 

 

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What's at Stake When the Department of Justice Seizes AP Phone Records

By John Knefel for Rolling Stone

This week, it was revealed that the Department of Justice secretly seized two months' worth of private phone records from Associated Press reporters and editors. As this decision comes under increasing scrutiny, press freedom advocates say it's just part of a larger battle for control of information – one that they've been trying to sound an alarm on for a long time.


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Holder cites recusal in saying little about AP probe

By Tom Cohen and Michael Pearson for CNN

Washington (CNN) -- Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that his decision to remove himself from the Justice Department investigation into a leak that led it to surreptitiously collect telephone records from the Associated Press leaves him unable to respond to questions about it.

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Interview: Robert Greenwald on Capitol Square on Columbus Ohio's 10TV

On Sunday, May 19th Robert Greenwald, President and Founder of Brave New Foundation joined Central Ohio's 10TV for an interview on their program Capitol Square with Jim Heath and Tracy Townsend.  

 

 

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Interview: Robert Greenwald on CURRENT TV's The Viewpoint

On Monday, May 20th Robert Greenwald joined The Viewpoint's John Fugelsang to discuss the Associated Press scandal plaguing the Obama Administration, Department of Justice, and Attorney General Eric Holder. 

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Latest News Headlines Call Attention To New Whistleblower Film

Interview by Jim Heath and Tracy Townsend for 10TV, Central Ohio's News Leader.

As the investigation continues into why the Obama administration used secret subpoenas to check into the phone records of Associated Press reporters, one filmmaker is hoping Americans better understand the role of whistleblowers.

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Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Film

By Kelly Vlahos at Antiwar.com

A funny thing happened after post-9/11 whistleblowers started being gagged, persecuted, prosecuted, raided, threatened and retaliated against. They began to organize. They gathered the wagons around and took to the press.

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Interview: Robert Greenwald on CURRENT TV's The Viewpoint

Founder and President of Brave New Foundation, Robert Greenwald is John Fugelsang's guest on CURRENT TV's The Viewpoint to discuss the seventh full-length feature documentary War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State. 

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Interview: Robert Greenwald on MSNBC's The Cycle

Robert Greenwald, President and Founder of Brave New Foundation was a guest on MSNBC's The Cycle on May 6th to discuss the documentary War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State. 

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Interview: Why You Should Care About Whistleblowers

On May 14th, 2013 Robert Greenwald was a guest on CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper to discuss the film War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State. 

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Robert Greenwald on the Ed Schultz Radio Show on May 14th, 2013

 

On Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 Robert Greenwald joined Ed Schultz on The Ed Schultz Radio show to discuss the unprecedented seizure of the Associated Press' phone records.  

 

 

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War on Whistleblowers Enunciates the Nation's Servility to Corporate Fat Cats

By Ernest Hardy at the Village Voice.

You don't have to be a rightwing wacko or naive lefty to be chilled by some policies and practices of the Obama administration. Nothing illustrates that better than the administration's treatment of whistleblowers who take on the federal government

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Speaking truth to power as a criminal act

By Susan Armitage at the Columbia Journalism Review.

In 2007, Franz Gayl, a civilian Marine Corps science advisor, went public with concerns about delays delivering armored vehicles requested by troops in Iraq. His revelations contributed to stories (like this one) in USA Today examining how equipment shortages put soldiers at risk. As a result of speaking out, Gayl’s security clearances were suspended and he was placed on administrative leave.

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Don’t confuse truth-tellers with traitors

By Katrina vanden Heuvel at the Washington Post.

Next week marks the 10th anniversary of an event that celebrates truth telling in the public interest and honors the legacy of Ron Ridenhour, a man not often remembered, who irreversibly changed the course of history.

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Robert Greenwald’s ‘War on Whistleblowers’ Shows Importance of Preserving Press Freedom

By Kevin Gosztola at Firedoglake.

In a small auditorium at the Newseum in Washington, DC, Brave New Films director Robert Greenwald held the premiere of his new documentary, “War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State.” It features four stories of men who are clear examples of whistleblowers that most Americans would think deserve protection when exposing government corruption, misconduct or wrongdoing, however, officials chose to protect the National Security State and retaliate each of these men for speaking out.

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The War on Whistleblowers: Robert Greenwald Slams Obama's Prosecutions

By Nicole Belle at Crooks and Liars

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

It's right there in our First Amendment to the Constitution, the right of such primacy that it supersedes all others: freedom of the press.

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Transparency, Secrecy and Retaliation Emerge as Major Issues in Benghazi Coverage

By Margaret Sullivan at the New York Times

When Col. Morris Davis, the former chief prosecutor at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, resigned from his post, protesting the torture of prisoners there and political interference that deterred his work, he says he was subjected to a gag order by the Bush administration.

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New film looks 'War on Whistleblowers'

By Joe Davidson at The Washington Post

The Obama administration’s approach to federal whistleblowers has been likened to “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

On the good doctor’s side, President Obama has important accomplishments in protecting the rights of whistleblowers. Yet whistleblower advocates are fuming at the administration’s actions against federal employees whom it considers to be leakers of national security information.

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'War on Whistleblowers' Shows Heavy Price Paid for Speaking Out

By  at Huffington Post

In Robert Greenwald's new documentary, War on Whistleblowers, Marine Corps senior science advisor Franz Gayl says his decision to speak out in 2007 came down to a simple question:

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Interview: Robert Greenwald on Radio Dispatch

From Radio Dispatch
Robert Greenwald joins us to discuss his latest film, The War on Whistleblowers. Also, a new report says unequivocally that the United States engaged in torture after 9/11, and listener mail on ADHD.

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Filmmaker Robert Greenwald on "War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State"

From Democracy Now
A new film directed by Robert Greenwald looks at fourwhistleblowers who had their lives practically destroyed after they went to the press with evidence of government wrongdoing. They are Michael DeKort, Thomas Drake, Franz Gayl and Thomas Tamm. Whistleblowers have come under unprecedented attack by the Obama administration. Evoking the Espionage Act of 1917, the administration has pressed criminal charges against no fewer than six government employees, more than all previous presidential administrations combined. In the film, Greenwald also interviews government oversight experts and investigative journalists who warn about the chilling effect prosecutions may have on potential whistleblowers and the journalists who help them. Click to watch Part 2 of the interview. [includes rush transcript]

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'War on Whistleblowers' Film Highlights Dangers of Crackdown

 By John Knefel at Rolling Stone

 

Director Robert Greenwald examines how the government keeps its secrets

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INTERVIEW: War on Whistleblowers' director Robert Greenwald

By  The Week
Thomas Tamm in War on Whistleblowers.
War on Whistleblowers, a documentary by Brave New Foundation, premieres this week in Washington, D.C., and New York City. The film explores whistleblowing in concept and practice, and profiles five men in recent years who have suffered great loss to expose wrongdoing and corruption in the American deep state.

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Robert Greenwald’s ‘War on Whistleblowers’ Shows Importance of Preserving Press Freedom

By  at The Dessenter

In a small auditorium at the Newseum in Washington, DC, Brave New Films director Robert Greenwald held the premiere of his new documentary, "War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State." It features four stories of men who are clear examples of whistleblowers that most Americans would think deserve protection when exposing government corruption, misconduct or wrongdoing, however, officials chose to protect the National Security State and retaliate each of these men for speaking out.

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Obama's dangerously contradictory stance on whistleblowing

By  at The Guardian

Franz Gayl, US Marine Corps whistleblower

In a film out this week, War on Whistleblowers, the New York Times' David Carr says:

"The Obama administration came to power promising the most transparent administration in history … and began prosecuting [whistleblowers] every which way."

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Obama Whistleblower Prosecutions Lead To Chilling Effect On Press

By  and  at Huffington Post


NEW YORK -– On April 9, McClatchy’s Jonathan Landay reported that the Obama administration has “targeted and killed hundreds of suspected lower-level Afghan, Pakistani and unidentified ‘other’ militants” in drone strikes, a revelation that contradicts previous administration claims of pursuing only senior-level operatives who pose an imminent threat to the United States.

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New Film Explores Obama's War on Whistleblowers and the Free Press

By  at Mother Jones

Four cases reveal the administration's extraordinary crackdown on national-security whistleblowers.

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Groundbreaking 'War on Whistleblowers' Investigation Exposes Obama Admin's Record of Censorship and Persecution of Unsung Heroes and Journalists

By Steven Rosenfeld at Alternet
Robert Greenwald's new documentary sheds light on how far the national security state will go to keep its secrets.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock

The 9/11 attacks on America did not just launch Washington’s war on terrorism; they launched a new White House war on whistleblowers, first under President George W. Bush and then under President Barack Obama, according to a bold new documentary directed by filmmaker Robert Greenwald.

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