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Project of the Day: Oscar-Nominated Director Talks to the War on Terror’s Whistleblowers

Project of the Day: Oscar-Nominated Director Talks to the War on Terror's Whistleblowers

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Telling the truth becomes a dangerous act when four federal whistleblowers reveal the darkest corners of America’s war on terror.

Elevator Pitch:

SILENCED reveals in unprecedented detail the federal government’s increasingly draconian response to whistleblowers, the personal toll on those who have exposed or questioned official national security policy, and the potential long-term consequences on our basic constitutional rights. The film features John Kiriakou, who confirmed the use of so-called “enhanced interrogations” on national television; Jesselyn Radack, the former Justice Department lawyer who discovered the Bush Administration’s detainee torture regime; Thomas Drake, the former NSA official who blew the whistle on illegal warrantless wiretapping; and Peter Van Buren, the former State Department envoy whose book details mismanagement of reconstruction teams in Iraq.

Production Team:

Producer/Director: James Spione (“Incident in New Baghdad,” “American Farm,” “Our Island Home,” “Garden,” “The Playroom”)
Producer: Daniel Chalfen (“State 194,” “The Revisionaires,” “Code of the West,” “Donor Unknown,” “Gone,” “Budrus,” “War Don Don,” “Meeting Resistance”)
Executive Producer: Jim Butterworth (“The Revisionaries,” “Donor Unknown,” “Gone,” “War Don Don,” “Seoul Train”)

About the Production:

“While making INCIDENT IN NEW BAGHDAD, I became interested in issues of government transparency and accountability, and efforts to punish those who reveal information about official wrongdoing. Over the past several years, an arcane law called The Espionage Act has been used an unprecedented six times to bring charges against whistleblowers. INCIDENT got me thinking about the power of information: who controls and classifies it, who is allowed to release it, who is rewarded for its use and who is punished. The targeting of whistleblowers raises profound questions that have implications beyond the fates of individuals profiled in SILENCED.” — James Spione

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