Obama administration goes after CIA whistleblower
By End the Lie
Today the Department of Justice (DOJ) charged a former CIA officer with leaking classified information on multiple occasions, including the identifies of operatives who were involved in the capture and so-called interrogation of alleged terrorists.
Of course this likely means “enhanced interrogation,” also known as torture, which has been used against suspected terrorists to a startling degree under the guise of fighting the “War on Terror.”
47-year-old whistleblower John Kiriakou also served as a senior Senate aide yet his long standing service to the United States has not stopped the Obama administration from going after him.
The case against Kiriakou is a continuation of the Obama administration’s active attempt to stifle people who blow the whistle on illegal or otherwise unsavory practices supposed because they are disclosing national security secrets.
However, it has become quite clear that they have no interest in actually protecting our nation, instead they just seek to protect those who commit heinous acts in the name of national security.
Since Obama took office, he has gone after whistleblowers with a vengeance and Kiriakou is the sixth targeted individual since Obama assumed power.
According to legal experts cited by the Washington Post, this number exceeds the number of similar prosecutions under all previous administrations combined.
Kiriakou said that he participated in the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, an alleged terrorist, and was one of the first people to reveal the fact that the CIA was using waterboarding and other torture techniques against suspected terrorists.
For the crime of attempting to uphold human rights – which the United States is supposed to stand for, but now obviously does not – he was charged with disclosing classified information to reporters as well as lying to the CIA about the origins of other sensitive material he published in a book.
If convicted of these crimes, Kiriakou could face up to 30 years in prison, all because he was trying to stand up for what America was built upon.
In the Department of Justice’s criminal filing they removed many of the details pertaining to what exactly Kiriakou allegedly disclosed illegally.
The document does suggest, however, that Kiriakou was the source for a number of stories by prominent mainstream news outlets like The New York Times and others in 2008 and 2009.
He allegedly disclosed details about some of the CIA’s most sensitive operations after the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
Some of these operations include the capture of Abu Zubaydah, an alleged operative with al Qaeda, and the interrogation and torture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the supposed mastermind of the September 11 attacks.
Of course we now know that he made this “confession” while undergoing extensive torture via waterboarding, or what the CIA would call “enhanced interrogation.”
Like all torture, waterboarding produces a great deal of inaccurate or otherwise non-actionable intelligence due to the fact that people will say just about anything to make the torture stop.
The Department of Justice also claims that Kiriakou gave information to journalists which somehow contributed to a security breach at the American military detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
His information supposedly helped enable defense attorneys there to get photographs of CIA operatives who were allegedly involved in “harsh interrogations,” better known as torture, of the detainees.
Subsequent to this so-called security breach, some of the pictures were allegedly found in the cells of high-value detainees.
Kiriakou was working with the CIA for a whopping 14 years between 1990 and 2004, yet he is still being treated like a criminal for trying to stand up for justice and human rights.
He has been charged with four criminal counts which include disclosing the identity of an undercover officer along with providing classified information to individuals who were not cleared to have it.
Magistrate Judge John F. Anderson has set a bond at $250,000 for Kiriakou in a US District Court in Alexandria today.
Kiriakou has also been forced to relinquish his passport and restrict all travel to the area of Washington, D.C.
In court Kiriakou did not comment on the charges being brought against him and his attorney, Plato Cacheris, said that Kiriakou would be pleading not guilty and expected him to be released on bond.
The Washington Post says that the recent surge in prosecutions like this “is seen as a measure of the Obama administration’s determination to root out leaks but may also reflect the government’s expanded ability to mine suspects’ e-mail accounts and other digital devices for incriminating evidence.”
The whole “national security” excuse is getting quite worn out and tired in my view, given that it is quite clear our government couldn’t care less about the security of our nation.
The classic example I point to is the border issue. If they were actually worried about terrorism and threats to our country, they wouldn’t leave two borders wide open and thus allow terrorists to walk freely across the border from Mexico.
If there really was such a massive national security risk, why would terrorists not have already been crossing both of our borders in order to conduct attacks?
It is quite clear to me, and likely to all of my readers as well, that this has nothing to do with national security and instead has to do with the government seeking to crush dissent and remove anyone with a moral compass who will speak out against what they’re doing.
Seeing as the Obama administration will not even tell us why they think it is legal to assassinate American citizens without any due process whatsoever, it is quite obvious that they are actively working against the American people.
This is a long-running trend, but much of their efforts seem to be coming together in the Obama administration with the passing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012, which allows the indefinite detention of American citizens without charge or trial, the unaccountable and unlegislated death panels, the massive Big Brother surveillance programs and more.
Hopefully more people like Kiriakau will continue to speak out despite the dangers and fight for justice and human rights which used to be the hallmarks of the United States but have now seemingly become a thing of the past.