While preparing for the upcoming edition of Quantum Sunday, I came across a rather old film consisting of reports of CIA whistleblowers. It strikes me lately, again and again, that an offender can change, he can change his mind and his heart, in a very real and transformative way.
This was Gandhi’s principle tact, his core, “I want to change their minds,” was his mantra, and he succeeded in many cases.
As I listen to their stories it strikes me very forcibly that each person, each an instrument for the evils perpetuated which they have gone to such great lengths and personal suffering to expose, have become so very human and authentic, they have become persons of conscience. These were individuals who initially thought they were serving a greater good, who believed they were serving their country, and whom each had to suffer a dark night of soul in order to come to grips with what they had participated in and thus amend their lives in some manner, or as former CIA agent Verne Lyon put it, “There’s no way I can make amends, but certainly helping in this effort to expose the abuses of our intelligence services, perhaps, in some small way will help pay that debt.”
Read the movie transcript; includes names of the whistleblowers: