January 30, 2013


I doubt if many of you will watch this, but it's a real an eye opener. Torture is out of sight, out of mind for most of us. But as Zero Dark Thirty heads to the Oscars and Obama prepares to appoint John Brennan to head the CIA--despite the outcry against Brennan from the human rights community during the president's first term--torture is back in the headlines. A few shockers from this long interview for those who won't watch--as if you've even read this far--the guy was audited every year after being accused, his wife was harassed and the judge on his case mysteriously changed her opinion of his 30 month sentence from adequate to light in three months. The US is breaking laws with it's use of torture and placing itself in the category it had previously distanced itself for their use of "enhanced interrogation." No one who practiced torture has been prosecuted except for this guy who blew the whistle on it for moral grounds. He claims that Obama's foreign policy is an extension of Bush's, the only difference being that Obama has killed so many more people overseas. I didn't see Zero Dark Thirty, but this spy thriller is free. And true. (In two parts.)

Former CIA agent John Kiriakou speaks out just days after he was sentenced to 30 months in prison, becoming the first CIA official to face jail time for any reason relating to the U.S. torture program. Under a plea deal, Kiriakou admitted to a single count of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act by revealing the identity of a covert officer to a freelance reporter, who did not publish it. Supporters say Kiriakou is being unfairly targeted for having been the first CIA official to publicly confirm and detail the Bush administration’s use of waterboarding. Kiriakou joins us to discuss his story from Washington, D.C., along with his attorney, Jesselyn Radack, director of National Security & Human Rights at the Government Accountability Project. "This ... was not a case about leaking; this was a case about torture. And I believe I’m going to prison because I blew the whistle on torture," Kiriakou says. "My oath was to the Constitution. … And to me, torture is unconstitutional."