Daniel Hale blew the whistle on secret watchlists, targeted killings, and other abuses in the War on Terror. Thanks to Daniel we know now that during one six month period in Afghanistan 90% of those killed in US air strikes were not the intended targets. His revelations about watchlists have enabled individuals to challenge the No Fly List.
For his extraordinary act of conscience the US government wants to put Daniel in prison for 7 to 9 years, an unprecedented and draconian sentence.
Daniel will be sentenced on Jul 27, 2021.
Please sign this letter to the sentencing Judge urging leniency for him.
Daniel Hale is a whistleblower, not a spy, and while the misnamed Espionage Act makes no distinction between the two, the judge can in his sentencing decision.
For more information about Hale’s case and the bipartisan disgrace of Espionage Act abuse, a topic too often ignored by the media, check out our April 6 special broadcast with Hale’s lawyer Jesselyn Radack, NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, and CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling. In addition, our policy director Chip Gibbons appeared on Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting’s Counterspin and wrote an article for Jacobin explaining the significance of the case.
Petition to Judge O'Grady
Dear Judge O’Grady,
We, the undersigned, respectfully ask for leniency for Daniel Hale.
Although he pled guilty to one count of “retention and transmission of national defense information” in violation of the Espionage Act , Daniel Hale is not a spy. On the contrary, his actions were patriotic and served democracy and the American people.
Because of his courage the public now better understands the decision-making process for US targeted killings and that nearly 90% of those killed by drone strikes were not the intended target. These are matters of great national interest.
We ask you to consider that Daniel Hale’s actions were actions of conscience and public service, and grant him leniency.
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