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John Kiriakou spent 14 years at the CIA and two years in a federal prison for blowing the whistle on the agency's use of torture. He served on John Kerry's Senate Foreign Relations Committee for two years as senior investigator into the Middle East. He writes and speaks about national security, whistleblowing, the prison-industrial complex, and foreign policy, and is an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and winner of the 2015 PEN Center USA First Amendment award.

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Donald Trump supporters demonstrating, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 13, 2020
JOHN KIRIAKOU: The Depressing State of US Politics There's a lot wrong, including the hypocrisy of the Republican Party and the members of Biden's national security transition team. The sole hope involves the Office of the Pardon Attorney.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 8, 2020
What Would Biden's Foreign Policy Look Like? Just Look at His Supporters John Negroponte, the Darth Vader of U.S. foreign policy, and a bevy of Republican former intelligence and interventionists have their reasons for liking the former VP.
President Donald Trump addresses military personnel during a stop-over at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, Dec. 26, 2018., From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 20, 2020
JOHN KIRIAKOU: Trump's Choice for Germany High among Douglas Macgregor's qualifications as U.S. ambassador to Germany is his opposition to endless wars.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 28, 2020
JOHN KIRIAKOU: Hold the Halos There is one big reason I'm not attending the National Whistleblower Center's annual gathering this year.
The Room Where It Happened, From WikimediaPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 26, 2020
Steal John Bolton's Book John Bolton's new book, The Room Where It Happened, is in bookstores now, and it's clear from a quick read that Bolton likes literally nobody. He apparently has never liked anybody. And he's perfectly happy to give you his side of the story.
Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser., From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 28, 2020
JOHN KIRIAKOU: Michael Flynn & the FBI Setup The case of the fallen Trump official shows exactly what is wrong with our criminal justice system.
Paul Manafort Mug Shot, From WikimediaPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 16, 2020
Was the Decision to Let Manafort Go Home Political? The entire system is broken. The misguided "get tough on crime" attitude in Washington has made us a prison state unlike any other in the world. As Americans, we like to think that we're (usually) led by the best and brightest. Certainly the best and brightest can come up with a justice system where there's some actual "justice."
Reality Winner, From Uploaded
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 29, 2020
JOHN KIRIAKOU: "Tough Luck" for US Prisoners During COVID-19 Prison wardens and the federal Bureau of Prisons almost never use their compassionate release authorities, even though Congress recently made it easier for them to do so.
Pharmacy in New York City, during Covid-19 outbreak, April 2, 2020., From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 17, 2020
JOHN KIRIAKOU: Now Imagine House Arrest With Covid-19 showing why "sheltering in place" is so tough, it's easier for me to explain why I found home confinement worse than actual prison.
The Report poster., From WikimediaPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 29, 2019
The Torture Report Is "Don't Miss" Television You will come to realize only minutes into this film that our intelligence services and the White House are run by sociopaths -- people with no capacity for remorse or regret, people for whom human rights, civil rights, civil liberties, and the rule of law mean literally nothing.
James Comey, left, on Dec. 15, 2019., From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 20, 2019
James Comey's Interview on Fox News Screams Out for Correction The former FBI director knew exactly what his agency had on Carter Page and, contrary his assertion, it's incredibly easy to get a FISA warrant.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 13, 2019
Those Torture Drawings in the NYTimes The Times tells a little about the CIA's torture program, but ignores the Obama role in continuing it and underestimates the vast extent of the program, which remains classified.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 27, 2019
The Press Should Not Be Shielding FBI Malfeasance The Washington Post and others just adhered to the Justice Department's own policy of protecting their own while wrecking the lives of those who have the guts to stand up to them.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 24, 2019
Jeffrey Sterling's "Unwanted Spy" The CIA agent who was imprisoned after bringing a racial discrimination case against the agency has written a gripping David-and-Goliath account of being greatly wronged and coming out stronger on the other side.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Houthi Rebels are the Saudis' Problem Given the nature of the U.S.-Saudi relationship, which John Kiriakou witnessed firsthand, Trump has no reason to do Riyadh's bidding in Iran.
Maria Butina, From InText
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 29, 2019
In Search of a Russia-gate Scalp: The Entrapment of Maria Butina In need of a "collusion" connection, top FBI officials have now been shown to be behind the false portrayal of an unregistered lobbyist as a spy.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 14, 2019
How a Suicide Watch Really Works If Jeffrey Epstein's death turns out to have been self-inflicted, it would represent a complete breakdown in the system that was supposed to protect him.
Daniel Coats: No hero., From Uploaded
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 17, 2019
If Dan Coats Leaves, No Tears Goodbye The director of national intelligence has turned a blind eye on torture, secret prisons and international off-the-books kidnappings.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 30, 2019
Adam Schiff-The Left Wing of the Hawk Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, is as big a hawk as any member of the Trump administration, says John Kirikaou.
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(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 28, 2019
Adam Schiff -- The Left Wing of the Hawk Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, is as big a hawk as any member of the Trump administration, says John Kirikaou.

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