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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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Carter Page, target of the surveillance., From InText
(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.
The Federal Correctional Institution, Englewood, in Jefferson County, Colorado, where Jeffrey Sterling was imprisoned., From InText
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.
Houthis protest airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition on Sana'a, Yemen's capital city, September 2015., From InText
(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.
NYC prison where Jeffrey Epstein was found dead., From InText
(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 InText
(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.
Schiff: Fake progressive., From InText
(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.
CIA  headquarters., From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 26, 2019
CIA Seeking More Impunity The CIA doesn't care when an operative's identity is revealed unless they don't like the politics of the person making the revelation. If they cared, half of the CIA leadership would be in prison. What they do care about, though, is protecting those employees who commit crimes at the behest of the White House or the CIA leadership.
Vladimir Putin, From WikimediaPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 24, 2019
With Trump's Iranian Misadventure, Putin Wins Again Well, we walked right up to the brink of war with Iran last week. Again. It didn't happen, of course, and The Washington Post, The New York Times, and other journals of record are replete with minute-by-minute explanations of what happened when and why. Much of it is nonsense. And much more of the coverage ignores the bigger-picture analysis.
Joe Biden, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 21, 2019
Biden Has No Idea What He Did Wrong Troubling, Biden is often wrong on the issues really, seriously wrong at least where progressives are concerned. And his knee-jerk reaction is to double down before finally admitting his mistake and hoping that people just forget about it.
John Bolton, From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Bolton's Long Goodbye John Bolton's days as national security advisor are apparently numbered -- for reasons that have all played out in the press, says John Kiriakou.
John Bolton, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Why Is NPR Carrying Water for Trump on Venezuela? The White House's actions in Venezuela are a violation of international law. This is a coup attempt. It's a crime. I'm not a Nicolas Maduro fan-boy. But it's none of our business who leads a foreign country, especially when his or her people hold an election. This intervention is just plain wrong. Hands off Venezuela. And every other country.
Julian Assange is reported gravely ill, From YouTubeVideos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 2, 2019
Julian Assange: Prisoner of Conscience There's still time for Amnesty International to stand up and say that Julian Assange is a prisoner of conscience. Julian Assange is a fighter for transparency and human rights. That ought to be right in AI's wheelhouse. As Donald Trump is fond of saying, "Let's see what happens."
Trump says John Walker Lindh will be watched closely..., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 25, 2019
The American Taliban Meets American Politics Remember John Walker Lindh? Lindh was the proverbial "lost soul." He was the middle child in a nuclear family, born in Silver Spring, Maryland, and raised in San Anselmo, California. His father was an attorney and his mother a progressive activist. Lindh was released from prison on May 23, and the outrage was immediate. He paid his debt to society. It's all over. It's time for the rest of us to move on.
Joe Biden, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 16, 2019
Asset Forfeiture? Thank Joe Biden and His Friend Strom Thurmond We want a president who is going to support civil liberties and civil rights, not conspire with notorious extremists like Thurmond, Reagan, Meese, and Weld to take them away. Biden has had his turn at the trough. He blew it. He stripped Americans of their rights. He actually wanted -- encouraged -- the cops to take our homes, our cars, and our money even if we were never convicted of a crime. He made it easier for them.
Motion for new counsel hearing in case of Martin Gottesfeld Outside John Moakley courthouse., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 8, 2019
An Email From a Whistleblower in Solitary Confinement Whistleblower Marty Gottesfeld is simply forbidden to have contact with the media. He is being denied his constitutional rights. This isn't because he's done anything to anybody. It's because prison officials fear that he is going to report on incidents of waste, fraud, abuse, and illegality that he witnesses during his incarceration.
What Is The Future Of Net Neutrality? Julian Assange has been arrested., From YouTubeVideos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 13, 2019
The Railroad That Awaits Julian Assange The Eastern District of Virginia is known as the "Espionage Court" for a reason. No national security defendant has ever won a case there. Never. And Judge Leonie Brinkema reserves all national security cases for herself. She has Julian's case, she judged my case, as well as the case of CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling, and we know that she has also reserved what will be the Ed Snowden case for herself.
COL Ray Compton and CSM Snyder throw out the first pitch, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 10, 2019
MLB Gets in Bed With the Pentagon But if you've been to a baseball game at any time in the last decade, you've probably noticed some changes. Military or law enforcement members now perform flag ceremonies before the start of the game. Military recruits are enlisted right on the field. Surprise reunions of deployed men and women and their families play out before an audience of thousands.
Chelsea Manning, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 8, 2019
Chelsea Manning's "Don't Tread on Me" Moment We wouldn't know about some of the most egregious war crimes of the past two decades without Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange. You don't have to like them. You don't have to share their politics. You don't have to want to go out and have a beer with them. But you do have to respect what they've done.

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