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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.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 22, 2021 JOHN KIRIAKOU: Duping a Whistleblower
What has happened to whistleblower Daniel Hale is very troubling. A former U.S. Air Force intelligence officer, he was arrested on May 4 in advance of his July 13 sentencing for blowing the whistle on the U.S. government's deadly and illegal drone program.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 10, 2021 JOHN KIRIAKOU: Poison in Prison
A private food service company "accidentally" sold dog food to feed prisoners mis-marked as "ground beef for tacos." There was no punishment for the company or its executives.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 24, 2021 JOHN KIRIAKOU: One Thing Trump Got Right
The former president pushed for passage of -- and then signed into law -- a measure that lifted a 26-year ban on giving prisoners federal education aid.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 28, 2021 Pardon Me: What the Times Didn't Report
Attorneys who were close to Trump, former Trump campaign officials, and Republican lobbyists were charging tens of thousands of dollars and more to "present" a case to Trump and to ask for a pardon.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 13, 2021 Just Like in a Banana Republic
What we saw last Wednesday was indeed a coup attempt. It was poorly planned and poorly executed. But it was a coup attempt. It likely won't be the last. We need to be ready for the next event.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 12, 2021 JOHN KIRIAKOU: Biden's Nominee for CIA Director
President-elect Joe Biden has finally named a new CIA director, one of the final senior-level appointees for his new administration. He named senior diplomat William Burns to the position.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 10, 2021 For Julian Assange, Freedom Is in View
A court in London ruled on January 4 that, while the US government had "made its case" for the extradition of Julian Assange, the Wikileaks co-founder would not be sent to the United States to stand trial because he was "likely to kill himself if held under harsh US prison conditions."
(9 comments) SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE 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."
(1 comments) SHARE 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.