CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Advocates for Prison Sentencing Reform in New ‘Letter from Loretto’

By: Monday June 23, 2014 11:34 am

Reflecting on mass incarceration in the United States, which he has experienced firsthand during his time in prison at the Federal Correctional Institution of Loretto, Pennsylvania, CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou advocates for prison sentencing reform in his latest letter from jail. Firedoglake has been publishing “Letters from Loretto” by Kiriakou, who was the first member [...]

Will White House Official Who Revealed Kabul CIA Station Chief’s Identity to Reporters Be Held Responsible?

By: Tuesday May 27, 2014 10:33 am

While President Barack Obama was on a “surprise” Memorial Day weekend trip to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, something the Obama administration has viciously condemned whenever it has occurred on their watch happened: the name of the CIA officer who is the Kabul station chief was leaked to reporters. As The Washington Post reported, “The [...]

New York Times’ New Executive Editor Has History of Steering Clear of Controversial Reporting

By: Friday May 16, 2014 11:08 am

New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson has been fired and replaced by Dean Baquet, who was managing editor at the Times. But how will he defend the right to publish when confronted by opposition from government officials? What will Baquet do to encourage and promote investigative journalism? What responsibility may he show to sources? As [...]

Bureau of Prisons Throws CIA Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou’s Children Out of Visitors Room

By: Monday April 21, 2014 4:04 pm

In the midst of a thirty-month prison sentence at the federal correctional institution of Loretto Pennsylvania, former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou has written a letter where he reports that his children were told they had to leave the visitors room because it was “overcrowded.” Kiriakou immediately saw this as an act of retaliation [...]

The Bureau of Prisons Repeatedly Tried to Thwart CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou’s Ability to Send Letters

By: Wednesday April 16, 2014 11:13 am

Former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou, who is currently in the middle of serving a thirty-month prison sentence at the federal correctional institution at Loretto, Pennsylvania, has been writing “Letters from Loretto,” which Firedoglake has been publishing. The prison, however, has tried to frustrate his effort to exercise his First Amendment rights in just [...]

CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou, in Latest ‘Letter from Loretto,’ Describes Work in Prison Chapel

By: Wednesday April 9, 2014 10:25 am

Former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou, who is currently in the middle of serving a thirty-month prison sentence at the federal correctional institution of Loretto, Pennsylvania, has written another “Letter from Loretto.” And, in this letter, he shares what it has been like to work in the prison’s chapel. Since August of last year, [...]

The CIA, Senate Intelligence Committee & the Culture of Impunity for Torture

By: Tuesday March 11, 2014 5:18 pm

The remarks, which Senator Dianne Feinstein delivered on the floor of the Senate, was one of the more significant statements given by a United States senator in recent history. They clarified the extent to which the Central Intelligence Agency has worked to interfere and even intimidate senators and their staff, as they have worked to [...]

Justice Department Has FBI Investigate Senate Staffers for ‘Unauthorized Removal’ of CIA Torture Documents

By: Friday March 7, 2014 9:43 am

The Justice Department has reportedly requested that the FBI conduct a criminal investigation into Senate staffers who have been involved in producing a study on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program, which involved torture. Time Magazine reported: The Justice Department has been asked to investigate whether Senate staffers improperly obtained and removed documents from [...]

Visiting CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou in Federal Prison

By: Monday February 24, 2014 9:21 am

On Saturday, I drove three and a half hours with Firedoglake editor-in-chief Jane Hamsher from Washington, DC, to the federal correctional institution in Loretto, Pennsylvania, to visit former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou. He has been imprisoned for nearly a year and in that time Firedoglake has been publishing “Letters from Loretto,” which have [...]

Imprisoned CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Threatened with ‘Diesel Therapy,’ Suffers Shakedowns for Talking to Press

By: Monday February 17, 2014 12:30 pm

The federal correctional institution of Loretto, Pennsylvania, where former CIA officer John Kiriakou is serving a thirty-month jail sentence, appears to be scrambling to find any way they can to stop him from sending letters from prison. He has written another letter that details what seem to be clear acts of retaliation. Since August of [...]

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