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Film: SILENCED. A documentary about America’s war on whistleblowers

April 11, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm


How far would you go to tell the truth?

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In SILENCED, Academy Award nominated documentarian James Spione investigates what really happened inside the U.S. security establishment after the events of September 11th, 2001 that caused it to radically change course in profound and lasting ways. The arc of post 9/11 history leading to today—an alternative, inside narrative—is revealed exclusively through three of the most important whistleblowers of the era, speaking for the first time in one film, who discuss in dramatic and unprecedented detail the evolution of the government’s increasingly harsh response to unauthorized disclosures. Exploring the unique courage and character it takes to challenge unethical behavior from within the American national security establishment, SILENCED offers a provocative critique of systemic failures of the U.S. government and its draconian over-reactions.

SILENCED includes exclusive first-person accounts from Jesselyn Radack, the former Justice Department lawyer who challenged the Bush Administration’s treatment of American-born Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh; Thomas Drake, the former senior official at the NSA who helped expose the massive waste and illegality of the earliest warrantless surveillance programs aimed at American citizens; and John Kiriakou, the ex-CIA officer who was the first official to publicly acknowledge waterboarding as sanctioned government policy, whom we follow closely as he attempts to defend himself against Espionage Act charges while struggling to keep his family afloat.

Following the screening will be Q&A with Jesselyn Radack, Thomas Drake, John Kiriakou, and film Director/Producer James Spione, moderated by IPS Director John Cavanagh.


Co-sponsors: Institute for Policy Studies, CodePink, and Government Accountability Project (GAP).  A special thank you to WPFW 89.3 FM for being the media sponsor of this screening.


April 11, 2015
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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