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Force Reform in Saudi Arabia With a Thousand Cuts

Despite new evidence of Saudi complicity revealed in the 9/11 report’s “28 pages,” the Saudis keep getting a free ride from the lemmings in Congress. Here’s how to ratchet up pressure on the regime.

Posted on Jul 19, 2016 READ MORE


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Charge Abu Zubaydah With a Crime or Free Him

Al-Qaida’s reported No. 3 operative is a bad guy, but he did not help plot the Sept. 11 attacks and has provided no actionable intelligence since his capture—and subsequent torture—in March 2002.

Posted on Jul 12, 2016 READ MORE


When Robert Scheer and John Kiriakou Talked Government Double Standards (Audio)

By John Kiriakou

Now that Hillary Clinton will not be prosecuted for using a private email server as secretary of state, it raises the question: Does the government hold a double standard on matters of classification? Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer discussed the issue with former CIA officer John Kiriakou on a past episode of “Scheer Intelligence.”

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



What Does G4S Know About the Orlando Nightclub Massacre?

The British multinational security services company could help tie up some loose ends in the Omar Mateen story. But don’t expect much transparency or further explanation.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 READ MORE



Guantanamo Bay Should Be Closed Forever

The prison is the symbol of everything that is wrong with the United States’ so-called war on terror.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Should Demand FBI Director James Comey’s Resignation Today

The FBI’s ongoing, long-term incompetence has led to the deaths of far too many Americans. San Bernardino and Orlando are only the beginning.

Posted on Jun 13, 2016 READ MORE



If Hillary Clinton Gets a Pass on Espionage From President Obama, so Should Whistleblowers

Either the country has a policy of filing felony charges against people who reveal classified information, or it doesn’t. We all should be prosecuted, or none of us should be.

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 READ MORE



Ohio Proves It: Rehabilitation Works

And there’s something in it for everybody—safer streets, children with a second chance in life and even lower taxes.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 READ MORE



Dying in Prison

Inmates on their deathbeds should be free to spend their final days with their loved ones.

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump, Our Very Own American Mussolini

The GOP front-runner’s calls for violence against his critics are no joke.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE


John Kiriakou Says the FBI Tried to Entrap Him and Charge Him With Espionage

The whistleblower alleges that when he was a Senate investigator, agents of the bureau cooked up a scheme against him involving an undercover agent posing as a foreign diplomat.

Posted on Mar 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



How the Pentagon Is Trying to Cover Up the Toxic Effects of Its Deadly Burn Pits

The military isn’t just in the business of inspiring books: Sometimes it bans them, too.

Posted on Mar 13, 2016 READ MORE


Salon With Robert Scheer: John Kiriakou Challenges the American Injustice System

By John Kiriakou

Kiriakou opposes torture and went to prison for exposing it. Now he is working to reform the American security state. The former CIA officer explains how to Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer.

Posted on Mar 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



America’s Killer Prisons

Inmates across America die every day because of substandard medical care.

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 READ MORE



Like Your Privacy? Then Get Behind Apple’s Battle to Save It

The FBI is pressuring the tech giant to create a “back door” to gain access to everything on the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino terrorists. Supposedly it would be a one-time-only thing. Don’t believe it.

Posted on Feb 20, 2016 READ MORE



The [Redacted] Truth About the CIA

America’s most notorious spy agency even deceives its own employees.

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 READ MORE



Let’s End Torture in U.S. Prisons

Survivors call solitary confinement “living death.”

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE



Let’s Put Prison Sentences on Probation

Judges share the blame for America’s burgeoning imprisoned population. They seem to have missed the movement against mass incarceration.

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 READ MORE



Outrage in Oregon

Taking over a federal building at the point of a rifle gives protest a bad name.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 READ MORE



The GOP Candidates Know Nothing about Syria

Ending this imbroglio requires robust diplomacy.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE



Now This Is Really Criminal

Congress has created an average of 50 new crimes per year for the past decade.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE



What the Red Cup Controversy Really Says About Christmas in America

With so much confusion and tradition not based on fact, can we lighten up on Starbucks?

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE



Buy Today, Kill Tomorrow

Suspected terrorists can buy guns legally in the United States—and that’s how the NRA wants it.

Posted on Dec 4, 2015 READ MORE



How the Government Made Me a Dissident

Nothing helps you appreciate our constitutional rights like being robbed of them.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Manufacturing Terror: How Saudi Arabia Helped Create Islamic State

In light of the latest terrorist attacks in Paris, we take a look back at an interview with CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who singled out Saudi Arabia for its role in creating radical extremism in the Middle East.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Paying for Patriotism

The Pentagon shells out millions for sports leagues to “support the troops” with cheap stunts.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



The CIA Is an Ethics-Free Zone

Members of America’s spy agency don’t even learn the rules.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE



Instead of Pardoning a Turkey This Year, Obama Should Free This Man

This year, the president should extend some Thanksgiving clemency to human beings—starting with Leonard Peltier.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE



What Clinton Got Wrong About Snowden

The former secretary of state attacked the NSA whistleblower without bothering to get her facts straight.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE



The Sad Fate of America’s Whistleblowers

History may smile on these guardians of the public trust, but during their lifetimes they remain outcasts.

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 READ MORE



In His Own Words: The Invisible Sentence Against Whistleblower John Kiriakou

Getting hassled during international travel is an “unseen addition” to the 30-month prison sentence and the loss of his federal pension that the CIA whistleblower has discovered in the wake of confirming that the U.S. government tortured terrorism suspects post-9/11.

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Whistleblower John Kiriakou

The former CIA agent has seen his life ripped apart by the government because he revealed CIA torture. However, he continues to stand up for truth and humaneness and against a system that views all of us as undiscovered felons. 

Posted on May 30, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: Whistleblower John Kiriakou to Robert Scheer: Whistleblowers ‘Are Not Alone’

By John Kiriakou

The U.S. government is out to “ruin” people who expose official wrongoing “in every conceivable way,” says John Kiriakou in an interview with Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer. Kiriakou is a 14-year CIA veteran who was jailed for confirming that the U.S. government tortured prisoners via waterboarding.

Posted on May 29, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Will Prison Eventually Kill America’s Activists as It Did Oscar Wilde?

When a magistrate sentenced the literary genius to two years of hard labor for the crime of being gay, he said it was the maximum punishment allowed by law. That turned out to be truer than the judge might have imagined. It killed him.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE


Former CIA Agent and Whistleblower John Kiriakou Gives Post-Prison Interview

By John Kiriakou

The former CIA agent-turned-whistleblower tells Amy Goodman he doesn’t regret his decision to expose the Bush administration’s use of waterboarding.

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Oh, No: The ACLU Helped Jail CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou

One of the U.S.’ most respected civil liberties organizations collaborated with President Reagan’s CIA in writing secrecy laws that enabled the prosecution of Bush-era whistleblower John Kiriakou, reports Mark Ames at Pando Daily.

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 READ MORE


Film Explores Human Toll of Obama’s Crackdown on Whistle-Blowers

How far would you go to tell the truth? “Democracy Now!” talks with James Spinoe, director of the new documentary “Silenced,” which follows three national security whistle-blowers who struggle “to reveal the darkest corners of America’s war on terror while enduring the wrath of a government increasingly determined to maintain secrecy.”

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Gay Marriage, Obama’s Whistle-Blower Crackdown and More

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A deeper look at the Supreme Court’s historic week, the Obama administration harasses whistle-blowers, and “Duck Dynasty” in revolt.

Posted on Mar 29, 2013 READ MORE


Gay Marriage, Obama’s Whistle-Blower Crackdown and More

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A deeper look at the Supreme Court’s historic week, the Obama administration harasses whistle-blowers, and “Duck Dynasty” in revolt.

Posted on Mar 29, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



Brennan and Kiriakou, Drones and Torture

John Brennan and John Kiriakou worked together years ago, but their careers have dramatically diverged. Brennan is now on track to head the CIA, while Kiriakou is headed off to prison.

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Kiriakou Defenders Hope to Get Whistle-Blower’s Prison Sentence Commuted

John Kiriakou was charged with violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, allegedly disclosing classified information to members of the news media after speaking out against waterboarding in 2007. He pleaded guilty in October as part of an agreement that would sentence him to 30 months in prison.

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 READ MORE



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John Kiriakou Becomes First CIA Officer to Face Prison for Classified Leak

The former CIA officer who blew the whistle on waterboarding is preparing to serve a 30-month prison sentence for disclosing to a reporter the name of a covert agent previously involved in the government’s torture program.

Posted on Jan 5, 2013 READ MORE



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An All-American Nightmare

Torture can’t be disappeared like the body of a political prisoner, or conveniently deep-sixed simply by wishing it elsewhere or pretending it never happened or closing our bureaucratic eyes. After the fact, it can be dealt with only by staring directly into the nightmare that changed us—that, like it or not, helped make us who we now are.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Three Men Who Wouldn’t Let the NSA Get Away With It

Whistle-blowers have warned that intelligence agencies are abusing the Constitution and lavishing private companies with expensive contracts in exchange for subpar results.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 READ MORE



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CIA Torture Whistle-Blower Pleads Guilty in Naming Colleague

Former CIA officer and whistle-blower John Kiriakou pleaded guilty Tuesday to leaking the name of a fellow agent involved in the agency’s post-9/11 rendition and torture program to a reporter. He faces two and a half years in prison.

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Silent State: Washington’s Campaign Against Whistle-Blowers

There can be little doubt that government retaliation against whistle-blowers is not an isolated event, nor even an agency-by-agency practice. The number of cases in play suggests an organized strategy to deprive Americans of knowledge of the more disreputable things their government does.

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 READ MORE


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