Mt. Olive Lutheran Church
3045 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis
Thomas Drake, a veteran of the Air Force and Navy, was working as a senior executive in the National Security Agency when surveillance policy changed in the aftermath of 9/11 in ways that violated both the Constitution and his conscience.
He spoke out on secret mass 'Collect-it-all' electronic surveillance and the multibillion-dollar fraud and intelligence failures within the NSA. He was the first U.S. whistleblower to be charged under the Espionage Act since Daniel Ellsberg in 1971 and faced 35 years in prison. A program that he exposed was later confirmed by the NSA to have been a waste of over a billion dollars. While he was among the first to expose to the public the mass surveillance of US citizens which still continues in various forms.
Sponsored by Tackling Torture at the Top Committee of WAMM, The Coming Home Collaborative
Parking lot south of the church. Entrance modern door on NW side of the church. Light snacks will be served. Handicap parking on north side.