David Harris-Gershon articulates my views when he says.
... our government’s current war against whistle-blowers is nothing short of a war against representative democracy itself...
In order for a representative democracy to properly function, a simple pre-condition must be met: citizens must be allowed to see how elected officials, entrusted to govern according to our nation’s laws and ideals, are actually governing.
If elected officials abuse their powers in secret, concealing illegal actions or the violation of citizens’ rights, representative democracy breaks down.
It’s that simple.
The right to report upon those things politicians wish to hide has always been a constitutionally-sanctioned check against government abuse.
Put another way: the press has always been a constitutionally-sanctioned whistle-blowing institution.
Which is why our government’s current war against whistle-blowers is nothing short of a war against representative democracy itself – a fact that makes what has happened to Bradley Manning, and what is happening to Edward Snowden – larger than any ‘national security’ or ‘Fourth Amendment’ argument we could possibly have.
To me it indicates how much we've morphed into a police state that the populace fails to notice this, taking at face value news reports presenting Manning and Snowden as traitors.
That age old question, "Who is the enemy of the people?" Clearly, truthtelling and whistleblowing provide the scaffolding on which a democracy lies. To criminalize them is to destroy a government of, by, and for the people.
The current war on whistle blowers is Obama's war; no recent president has prosecuted such a war as vigorously.
I need to pick a nit: a representative democracy is an oligarchy.
What does an oligarchy become when campaign donors rent our oligarchs?