Thomas Drake

Thomas Drake Event: May 11, 2019

On Saturday, May 11, 2019, Thomas Drake presented at our TransitionTalks speaker series in Berkeley Springs, WV:

The Hope and Promise of Life

In the face of extraordinary, systemic, ongoing change in almost every area of life, courageous whistle-blower Tom Drake brings a personal, first-hand perspective of how the freedoms most all Americans have taken for granted have been eliminated by powerful government agencies – which threaten the very essence of the principles upon which America was built.  Very few people in the world are able to illuminate the inner workings of the surveillance state like Drake is able to. 

From his deeply personal and professional experience as a human being and as former senior executive with the National Security Agency (NSA), Tom Drake comes to TransitionTalks to address how,  shortly after 9/11, he witnessed massive fraud and abuse, as well as a vast government mass surveillance program involving widespread violations of the Constitution and our privacy rights. He will highlight how he was turned into an Enemy of the State and charged with crimes of state under the Espionage Act for reporting crimes committed by the state. He will also discuss what it really meant to face down many decades in prison and keep his precious freedoms and individual liberties. 

Tom will share the extraordinary charges brought against him as an American exposing government wrongdoing and illegalities and why his ordeal is symptomatic of the rising power of the national security state since 9/11 and its direct assaults on freedom of speech (including speaking truth to and about power), association, thought, innovation, and privacy. He will bring Orwell’s 1984 alive and what it was like to live in such a dystopian world on a very personal level and why he is now so dedicated to the defense of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — for all of us.

But there is also hope and promise as we all live on an extraordinary planet called Earth swirling through time and space in a huge place we call the Universe. Drawing deeply from his own unique background and life-altering events, Mr. Drake will lead a discussion delving more deeply into what really matters in the sublime miracle of life and the phenomena of our unique human ‘beingness’ as the heart of our existence with a look beyond the horizon — placing linear and non-linear events, technology, people, governments and society in a larger context while finding the meaning and the living connections within us, and making sense of them — as the future called tomorrow manifests into the present of today and explore a key question we all face: What future do we want to meet, greet and keep?


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