THE SHAFEEK NADER TRUST FOR THE COMMUNITY INTEREST PRESENTS THE ANNUAL JOE A. CALLAWAY AWARD FOR CIVIC COURAGE
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The awardees are:
William Binney & J. Kirk Wiebe
For their work on Government Data Centers & Spying on Citizens
In recognition of their joint work on blowing the whistle on fraud, waste, abuse and illegality within the National Security Agency. They are bearers of truth and accountability for incursions on civil liberties, and are often asked to speak publicly on problems with the growing national security state.
For his work on the Government’s Torture Policy
John Kiriakou is a former CIA officer who publicly acknowledged that waterboarding constituted torture. For this and other whistleblowing activities, Kiriakou became the sixth whistleblower to be indicted by the Obama administration under the Espionage Act – more than all previous presidential administrations combined.
The awards will be presented on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the Carnegie Institution Building, 1530 P Street NW, Washington, D.C. Following each award the recipients will speak briefly about their work.
The Shafeek Nader Trust for the Community Interest administers the Joe A. Callaway Award, established by Mr. Callaway to recognize individuals in any area of endeavor who, with integrity and at some personal risk, take a public stand to advance truth and justice, and who challenge unsatisfactory conditions in pursuit of the common good. Toward this end, Mr. Callaway endowed the Trust with a special fund for an annual award honoring citizens for their civic courage.
The Shafeek Nader Trust for the Community Interest was created to extend the civic values of the late Shafeek Nader, community advocate and founder of the Northwestern Connecticut Community College. A tax-exempt organization, the Trust has the task of advancing the ability of citizens to participate and shape the quality of democracy in their community.
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