Wednesday, February 10, 2016

John Kiriakou, whistleblower against torture, speaks in Denver Friday February 12

     John Kiriakou, a CIA officer who worked on the capture of Abu Zubaydah, became a whistleblower, speaking out against the US torture program under Bush.  President Obama who has not allowed hearings on nor prosecuted a single torturer, has sent Kiriakou to jail; all those responsible in the Bush administration, the President, Vice-President, Secretary of State Condi Rice - my former student - and other war criminals, walk free, though, of course, they cannot, for fear of arrest under international law, go abroad.

       But Kiriakou's courage helped outlaw waterboarding. He will speak in Denver at the Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St at 6:30 this Friday (I will briefly introduce him).

       Last Saturday, a number of "Republicans" from Trump to Cruz to Bush advocated reviving waterboarding and committing further crimes of war.  Trump spoke of the medieval evil of ISIS as if the United States government had not recently  practiced grotesque evils, for instance, in cutting off the skulls of 20,000 indigenous people and sending them to the Smithsonian (the ignorance of Trump et al would be hard to satirize).

       Torture is a live issue, part of American militarism and the use of fear, which a serious movement for peace and the rule of law from below needs to deal with.


"Spies or Patriots
John Kiriakou Speaks in Denver
Friday, February 12
The Alliance Center
1536 Wynkoop St., Denver
$10 plus small service fee, $15 at the door
Register here
John Kiriakou, former high-level CIA officer and prominent whistleblower, will speak in Denver this February. Kiriakou is known as "the only CIA officer imprisoned for the U.S. torture program - and the whistleblower who exposed it." Kiriakou is highly critical of the US Justice Department and the Obama Administration's war on whistleblowers
In discussing his case, Kiriakou points out the glaring double standard between how he was treated, versus how other high level officials - such as Leon Panetta and General David Petraeus - were treated for similar or worse offenses. In his talks, Kiriakou will discuss his experience as a whistleblower and his subsequent prosecution by the US Department of Justice under both the Bush and Obama administrations.
Kiriakou will also discuss the plight of another prominent whistleblower, Jeffrey Sterling, who was convicted of leaking classified information to New York Times reporter James Risen, and is currently serving a 3.5 year sentence at the Englewood federal prison 20 minutes from downtown Denver.
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