Former CIA officer John Kiriakou is the sixth individual charged by the Obama administration under the Espionage Act for “leaking” classified information. His crime? Kiriakou, a whistleblower, allegedly provided members of the media with information related to the Bush administration’s actions of implementing torture – specifically waterboarding. While no individual from the Bush administration has been charged with any crime related to torture, including the attorneys who wrote the legal justifications for torture and the intelligence officials who administered the techniques, Kiriakou – who did not participate in torture – is being charged with a 1917 law meant for going after spies.

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Former CIA officer John Kiriakou is the sixth individual charged by the Obama administration under the Espionage Act for “leaking” classified information. His crime? Kiriakou, a whistleblower, allegedly provided members of the media with information related to the Bush administration’s actions of implementing torture – specifically waterboarding.

Kiriakou was the leader of the intelligence team who captured suspected terrorist Abu Zubaydah. Years later, he discussed the controversial interrogation technique known as waterboarding publicly, and was one of the first CIA officers to call waterboarding torture (a characterization with which even Attorney General Eric Holder agrees). Further exposure of the Bush administration torture program revealed that CIA had misled even its own employees about the extent and effectiveness of Zubaydah’s torture. In his book, The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA’s War on Terror, Kiriakou speaks strongly against torture, “There are things we should not do, even in the name of national security. One of them . . . is torture.” Kiriakou also allegedly revealed the names of individuals (intelligence officers) who participated in the “enhanced interrogation techniques” widely and overwhelmingly regarded as torture.

While no individual from the Bush administration has been charged with any crime related to torture, including the attorneys who wrote the legal justifications for torture and the intelligence officials who administered the techniques, Kiriakou – who did not participate in torture – is being charged with a 1917 law meant for going after spies. These unprecedented Espionage Act prosecutions – six in total under Obama – are about sending a chilling message to intelligence whistleblowers.

This page is dedicated to keeping those citizens concerned about the Obama administration’s persecution of Kiriakou, and the Obama administration’s war on intelligence whistleblowers, up to date on the latest happening in the case. Please like our page if you think intelligence whistleblowers are key to a functioning national security state, and our democracy as a whole.

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The capitalistic and imperialistic system and its systematic aims: profit and power over others, still dominates our world and not the aims of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as 1948 agreed! After the world-economic-crisis after 1929 and the following World-War the world hat decided with agreeing the Universal Declaration of Human rights, to create a new world order; conflicts should be solved with peaceful means, not nations and their power, but the dignity of human beings around the world should be the aim of the policies and the economy, of every state and the community of states. But soon after the end of the war, when the victims and destruction were forgotten, all continued as before, with all risks, we had seen before. The split in rich an poor is getting bigger and bigger. We also overuse our global environment already, even if the big majority of mankind still lives in poverty! We are not victims, this world is men-made and be changed from men and women! It will be possible, if those, who do not want or serve (because of system-pressure) profits first, but want for themselves and everybody a life in human dignity unite and develop in a global base-democratic movement a common vision for our world, and learn, how to make this vision real. We need for it a big empowerment of many, many common men and women and their activities. Our chances are because of new communication technologies, of common languages, of the level of education and the mixture of people from different backgrounds better then ever. The occupy-movement is a good start for such a global movement. We support it and try to contribute to its success! We choose news and make comments and so try to unite people for an Occupy-Think-Tank: Its tasks: creating a news-network, self-education, working on global-reform programs and learning to organize projects for those, who are suffering. Join us, so that we can build teams for these aims for all subjects and countries as a base for the unification. We have Wan(n)Fried(en) in our name, because it means When peace and it is a modification of the name of the town our base is, in Wanfried, a small town in the middle of Germany, where we can use a former factory for our activities. Our telefon: 0049-5655-924981, mobil: 0171-9132149, email: occupy-think-tank@gmx.de
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