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John Kiriakou Goes to Prison–UPDATE

God bless Code Pink. Now, I don’t agree with many of their policy positions, but at least they practice what they believe. I am fed up, disgusted by the politicians who make a promise but, when it comes to standing firm, fold like a portable card table. I applaud Code Pink for having the courage of its convictions. Code Pink is one of the few liberal groups to challenge and attack Obama’s hypocrisy on the war and torture. Last night, Code Pink joined forces with a liberal 1 percenter, Naomi Pitcairn, to give former CIA officer, John Kiriakou, a farewell bash before he heads off to prison:

Kiriakou, who left the CIA in 2004, stepped into the limelight a few years later to confirm and describe in detail the harsh interrogation tactics, including waterboarding, that he said agency operatives employed. He was charged with several counts related to sharing sensitive information with reporters and pleaded guilty to a single count of disclosing a covert operative’s name. He was sentenced last month.

“My case was about torture,” he said. “The CIA never forgave me for exposing the torture program and saying it was U.S. government policy.”

The $20,000 farewell bash — open bar for two hours — was underwritten by Oakland, Calif.-based activist and heiress Naomi Pitcairn and co-hosted by Code Pink, the theatrical peace group.

“I don’t think any of my Republican ancestors would have stood for torture,” said Pitcairn, whose great-grandfather co-founded Pittsburgh Plate Glass in 1883. “Civilized people do not behave that way, and so we are honoring him for his civilized behavior in a very civilized location.”

The guests included left-wing luminaries, whistleblowers and protesters — from Dennis Roberts, one of the attorneys for the Chicago Eight, to retired Air Force Col. Morris “Moe” Davis, the former chief prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay, who resigned in 2007 because, as he said at the party, “I objected to the use of evidence obtained by torture.”

The case against Kiriakou is bizarre and out of proportion. He was charged with leaking the name of an undercover CIA officer. But this was not even in the same ballpark as what was done to Valerie Plame. In the oddest twist of fate, Kiriakou worked for CIA officer Robert Grenier, who is the one who told Scooter Libby that Valerie worked at the CIA. Libby in turn told Dick Cheney and put together a memo, which is how Richard Armitage at State Department learned of Val’s identity.

Kiriakou’s prosecution is, in my view, unjust:

Kiriakou, who served the agency from 1990 to 2004, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for leaking the name of an agent who participated in the waterboarding of Abu Zubaydah, a suspected terrorist and Osama bin Laden aide.

He pled guilty last October to one charge of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, a law signed by President Ronald Reagan that made the exposure of covert agents a federal crime under certain circumstances. The government originally sought to prosecute Kiriakou under the Espionage Act of 1917, a World War I-era law invoked at least six times by the Obama administration.

Kiriakou’s case was unique because he was the first CIA insider to acknowledge the agency’s use of waterboarding in its interrogations when he revealed it to a freelance reporter in 2007. Although Kiriakou’s lawyers admit that their client was once a supporter of the technique, they say that he had a change of heart and leaking the information was an act of whistleblowing.

Kiriakou helped journalists break the story about the use of water boarding. Kiriakou got into trouble because he lied to the FBI. He should have told the truth or, at a minimum, stated that he could not recall when asked how a journalist had gotten the name of an undercover CIA officer. John was not out peddling the name. The name actually was incidental to the information Kiriakou was sharing.

At the end of World War II, the United States prosecuted Japanese military officers for war crimes because they waterboarded our soldiers. We cannot have it both ways and retain our honor as a great nation. If we succumb to the temptation of using torture in the name of expediency, then we are no different from Japanese sadists or Nazi concentration camp guards. We were founded as a nation that insisted there were limits to the power of government and limits to what the government could lawfully do to a person. No king nor president has the right to deprive one of life, liberty or property without due course under the law.

Unfortunately, many conservatives have forgotten this principle. Citing fear of Islam and fear of terror, most conservatives have embraced enthusiastically the right to torture. Clowns like Vince Flynn, a popular writer of CIA torture porn, help propagandize this point of view. And, not surprisingly, leftists like Obama also embrace the right to torture and murder without regard for the law or the Constitution. Worse, many Republicans applaud his efforts.

John Kiriakou should not have lied to the FBI. He should have told the truth. But on the more important issue of exposing the crimes committed by CIA officers acting under orders from a President, he did the right thing for the right reason. Years from now I am confident that history will judge him kindly. For now, he goes to prison with his head held high.

One final note drenched in irony–NY Times reporter, Scott Shane, did a comprehensive piece on Kiriakou. And he quoted the David Petraeus as follows:

When Mr. Kiriakou pleaded guilty on Oct. 23 in federal court in Alexandria, Va., David H. Petraeus, then the C.I.A. director, issued a statement praising the prosecution as “an important victory for our agency, for our intelligence community, and for our country.”

“Oaths do matter,” he went on, “and there are indeed consequences for those who believe they are above the laws that protect our fellow officers and enable American intelligence agencies to operate with the requisite degree of secrecy.”

Yeah David, oaths matter as long as they ain’t wedding vows. It is this type of hypocrisy that makes Washington stink like a rotted fish head.

  • HELENK2

    More: Karzai: All US special forces are out of Wardak province
    within 2 weeks; cites allegations of disappearances and torture -

    guess he figures he got all the money he can from us and now he has to play for the talaban

    • getfitnow

      What difference does…. /s

  • getfitnow

    This country has had many, many embarrassing moments. I look at this partial list, and think how close we are to repeating some of our history.

    http://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2013/02/23/20-of-the-most-embarrassing-moments-in-the-history-of-the-democrat-party-n1518613/page/full/

  • MG6

    Is Obama, Val Jarrett and Bill Ayers leaking our NASA and Defense info?

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/22/nasa-missile-defense-tech-leaked-to-china-sources-say/?test=latestnews

    Is this impeachable?

    • Retired_from_SPOnaj

      Not if their actions have been authorized by the elected nominal POTUS. He decides who is authorized to receive classified information, and he is the final authority on such determinations.

  • HELENK2

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/iran-claims-it-captured-a-foreign-drone-during-military-exercise/2013/02/23/2edf30e0-7de8-11e2-9073-e9dda4ac6a66_story.html

    Iran claims it caputured a foregin drone.
    one sentence in the article kind of worriesome

    claims they took control and brought it down

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    from at commenter at the crawdad hole

    I’m probably wasting my time here, but here goes.

    As to the DOT sequestration and the closing of control towers/furloughs of ATC.

    This is my understanding and it’s based on information given to FAA
    employees. Apparently the way this bill is written $600 million of the
    proposed $1.2 billion cut to DOT will come from the FAA. (Apparently
    this is how the bill is written)

    Now as to the $600 million cut from the FAA again the bill specifies
    that certain things are exempt and therefore must come from operations.
    The air traffic operations budget is approximately 1/3 of the FAA budget
    and 90% of that 1/3 portion of the budget goes to salaries.

    So as you can see it amounts to much more than the touted 1.4% in
    your link above…….BECAUSE of how it is applied. My understanding is it
    is applied that way because that is how the law is written. It was
    purposely written this badly, the idea was that Congress nor POTUS would
    ever let these kinds of cuts to essential services go through.

    It’s not that the agencies couldn’t absorb the cuts, many of them
    could absorb far larger cuts. It’s that there is no flexibility in how
    those cuts are to be implemented. I don’t know who to point fingers at
    for how it’s set up……..was that part of it also Obama’s idea? What
    burden does Congress bear?? Who actually wrote this, didn’t anybody
    think it all through?? Why not at least act now to allow flexibility?

    The closing of control towers and the slow down of air traffic is not hysterics it is in fact a reality. The plans are in place.

    This is from a grunt worker peon level, but what I see is, this
    indeed is real and the above is the explanation for why it is the way it
    is.

    • JohnnyTwoDog

      there is no flexibility in how those cuts are to be implemented.
      That much is very true. And as Nancy says they passed the bill to find out what is in it as we all will in a few days.

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    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/02/23/Real-Federal-Spending-Jumps-822-90-Per-Person

    from 2008 to 2012 real federal spending increased by $822.90 per person

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    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/historivision/amazing-ops-siege-at-benghazi

    new movie being made about Benghazi by friends of SEALS killed there

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    http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/02/04/-study-global-warming-can-be-slowed-by-working-less

    WOW who knew that backtrack was saving the planet with high unemployment

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    http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/53323

    at one time I would have said that this was unthinkable, now the way things are going in this country I am not so sure that it will not happen

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    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324616604578304072420873666.html?mod=rss_opinion_main

    obamacare and the 29ers. or how obamacare creates a permanent low income class

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    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-obama-drone-20130223,0,7202135.story?track=lat-email-topofthetimes

    backtrack send small group of US troops to Niger to set up drone base. Hope they get better protection then Benghazi

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    http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/state-department-to-spend-250000-on-afghan-youtube-channel-had-no-for-benghazi-security/

    no money for Benghazi security, the sequester is going to kill this country but the state dept has money to spend $250,000 for a you tube channel for Afghanistan.
    priority a little screwed up maybe?

  • HELENK2

    http://nation.foxnews.com/debbie-wasserman-schultz/2013/02/22/dws-calls-rubio-sinister

    dippy debbie spouts off again. should we all raise a Rubio water bottle to her?

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    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2013/02/22/Biden-No-Ordinary-American-Cares-About-Their-Constitutional-Rights-Facebook-Questions-are-Plants

    per joey gaffe : no ordinary American cares about their Constitutional rights. facebook questions are plants

    does anyone want to tell Joey that for over 200 years

    “Ordinary Americans” took an oath to uphold the Constitution” “Ordinary Americans” fought for the rights that the Constitution gave them.

    I do not know what happened to the democratic party but every day they make me ashamed that I ever voted democratic

  • getfitnow

    I can´t even in my wildest dreams see any other FLOTUS behaving in such a low class manner.

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/watch-jimmy-fallon-performs-the-evolution-of-mom-dancing-with-first-lady-michelle-obama/

    Notice the change in wig hats. Wow, this one sure is shiny. Notice the bangs are longer too.

    • HELENK2

      http://weaselzippers.us/2013/02/23/in-north-korea-even-your-hair-is-regulated/

      how long before meeeeschele adopts this and uses it for a all expense paid tour of our country???

    • DianaLC

      I agree. The FLOTUS designation seems to carry the implication that the person is indeed a “lady,” and by that I am using the following definition: “polite dignified woman: a woman who behaves very politely and with dignity.”

      Here is what I suggest–and I think the lefties should like it given the fact that they are sooooo very interested in gay marriage and so open to the possibility that we may some day have a same-sex couple in the WH: We should stop using the FLOTUS designation. First of all, if we don’t stop, then we will have to come up with one for the husband of the President, once we have a female President.

      Let’s just go with SOP, or Spouse of the President. That may work for a while, even if SOP sometimes is used for other definitions. If we used it, it would not carry with it any expectations of “dignified” behavior.

      I know there are problems with it in the case of living- together-without-the-benefit-of-marriage couples who may someday inhabit the WH.

      However, maybe I am just too old now. Gee whiz–I remember the turmoil over Nelson Rockefeller’s divorce and remarriage. That something like that could curtail a campaign (Hint–think Gingrich) is no longer possible. Just think of how the mores in our country have changed over my little old lifetime.
      getfitnow, I believe you and I are of a dying breed of people. Most younguns will just think it’s so cool that MEchelle did this.

  • getfitnow

    I really don’t think we’ll learn anymore about Benghazi from these docs. Perhaps Hillary Clinton can shed more light at one of her $200k speeches.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/feb/22/white-house-give-senators-benghazi-documents/

  • Justine00

    I disagree with you, Larry. Throwing a party with an open bar does not make up for Code Pink’s many atrocities — to any degree.
    .

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  • JohnnyTwoDog

    That stinking fish head reference is an insult to the finest dumpsters of the Gloucester docks.
    Like DC? Really?

  • HELENK2

    http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/02/22/group-urges-hollywood-to-use-oscars-to-help-free-jailed-pakistani-doctor-who/

    group urges Hollywood to use oscars to help free jailed Pakistani doctor who help us get ben laden.

    well the backtrack bunch have not lifted a finger to help him and are leaving him rot in a pakistani jail, maybe more public exposure to the story will make them try to help him

  • JohnnyTwoDog

    So they are celebrating his imprisonment with a drunken bash?

    And people think my Irish culture is odd for it’s drunkfest funerals. These people have taken it to a new level.
    God bless the druken bastard.

    • JohnnyTwoDog

      Celebrating the misfortune of others is such good fun.

      BUT, celebrating the misfortune of those you love and admire (supposedly), well that is real livin! Priceless!

  • HELENK2

    http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/guns-laws-obama-chicago/2013/02/22/id/491637
    to backtrack and holder
    uphold existing gun laws before creating new ones

  • HELENK2

    http://redflagnews.com/headlines/disarming-americas-heros-veterans-receiving-official-letters-prohibiting-them-from-purchasing-possessing-receiving-or-transporting-a-firearm-or-ammunition

    A GIANT WTF

    veterans affairs dept sending out official letters to vets prohibiting them from purchasing possessing receiving or transporting a firearm or ammunition

    • HELENK2

      guess the backtrack bunch are afraid of something like this.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ncdXfUAkMUI

      • JohnnyTwoDog

        The irony is that there was a time when liberals loved this kind of backbone. Now they want to crush and suppress it.

      • JohnnyTwoDog

        I don’t own any hand guns or rifles. I figured the odds of a tragic mishap are much greater than any good coming from it. I have used both, and I was very accurate and it was fun. But a bad idea. For me.

        I am very glad that other people have guns. And lots of them. If I ever do need one for the reasons in this flick they won’t be further than my neighbors house.

        This video is the very reason the second amendment is the SECOND amendment. Yeah. It’s that important.

        Thanks for reminding me.

    • JohnnyTwoDog

      Turns out they really do want to take your guns. Who Knew? All they need to do is have Mary Wolcott swear she saw demons leap from your throat and goodbye guns.

      You can always appeal. You can have your sissy boy due process to get your precious guns back. Try to get back that is.

    • HELENK2

      from a commenter at Crawdad hole

      another side to the story that debunks it.

      http://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=34265

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  • Fred82

    Actually Larry,

    Code Pink is hardly principled and guilty of their own hypocrisy. Code Pink schmoozes with the Castro regime and sent medical supplies to the other side in Fallujah (Baathists, Jamaat Tawhid wal Jihad, AQI).

    I think Code Pink was involved with the Muslim Brotherhood.

    While I appreciate your views on torture and harsh interrogation, Code Pink has no morals or scruples regarding this subject.

    • http://noquarterusa.net Larry Johnson

      Schmoozing with Castro does not make them “hypocrites.” And giving medical supplies to people defending their “home” turf ain’t exactly funding war. My basic point is they are lefties and consistent on that point. True?

      • Fred82

        Well, if being anti-American=Leftist, then Code Pink are consistent.

        That said, the Cuban regime routinely engages in far more torture and imprisonment than either the Obama or Bush administration ever did. Likewise, despite my genuine dislike for the current administration, all its corruption, and the current state of politics in general, we can come on here and freely criticize the sad state of the current administration.

        Were we to do this to Castro’s regime in Cuba, it is probable that we would be hauled off and thrown in either a prison or the nuthouse. Cuba also happens to be an apartheid state.

        Regarding the defense of home turf, for much of 2004, Fallujah was a known Wahhabi enclave and held the highest concentration of hardened, global jihadists in Iraq, including Egyptians, Jordanians, Saudis, Syrians, and Chechens. Fallujah was also a known haven for mid-high ranking Baathists, the Baath regime engaging in multiple acts of extreme torture, imprisonment without trial, and summary execution.

        Would Code Pink have defended the rights of the Whites in South Africa or the Werewolves to engage in resistance? I don’t think so.

        • http://noquarterusa.net Larry Johnson

          You do see, I hope, the irony of the United States holding prisoners without recourse to due process on the island of Cuba while we condemn Cuba for doing the same. See, the Cubans argue they are just defending their nation against terrorists. Got it yet?

          • Fred82

            While I respect your views regarding GITMO, the circumstances are still different.

            The United States is at war. During World War II, we held POWs with out trials until the war was over and used military tribunals to try German spies. We even assassinated enemy leaders.

            On the other hand, the Cubans detain their own citizens and deny them basic rights. Not excusing any mishaps on our part, but Code Pink schmoozing with Fidel Castro is a bit like someone chiding drunk drivers for criminality then jumping in bed with Ted Bundy.

            Code Pink wants to take our guns away and deny our ability to wage resistance too.

            • Retired_from_SPOnaj

              Actually, Code Pink only wants to take away the firearms of law abiding citizens who are not politicians or celebrities. Politicians, celebrities and criminals will still retain access to firearms under Code Pink’s policies. Any of these groups would be free to impose their will on the disarmed citizen. I mean, private citizens didn’t need firearms during the Revolutionary War, did they?

              • Fred82

                Hmmm,

                Schmoozing with Castro, supporting anti-American guerrillas, attempting to disarm the law-abiding citizenry, and emboldening criminals.

                I knew it! I just knew it! Code Pink are Communist subversives! Spread the word!

          • Retired_from_SPOnaj

            Oh, I thought GITMO had been closed early in the first term of the Obama administration, as he promised during his campaign.

            • Popsmoke

              You didn’t get the memo?

          • JohnnyTwoDog

            There is a shooting war with Cuba? Gee I did not know that. Thanks for keeping us informed Larry. You are the best.

    • Popsmoke

      Fred,
      I am no Code Pink fan and I hate to be put in a position to defend them. But not everyone on the other side of the fence is a terrorist and they have a valid point here..

      • Fred82

        Pop,

        Fallujah was known as a haven for and once run by pan-Islamic jihadists, guys with global agendas that were as willing to kill Iraqi Shia and more moderate Sunnis as they were us.

        If there was a gathering point for the Islamist jihadists or terrorists in 2004, Fallujah would have been it.

        • Popsmoke

          Fred,
          Your talking about a town with over 300,000 folk in it and we screwed up in Fallujah with the surge. Could have been handled much better..

          • Fred82

            Which surge?

            If you are referring to April 2004, then yes that could have been handled better. The Muj successfully baited our top decision makers via the Blackwater killings and scored again with a huge propaganda victory regarding innocent civilians. The Muj were also continuously baiting our troops with classic provocation and agitation tactics.

            I am generally under the impression that Fallujah was meant to be handled much better by the Marines prior to April 2004.

            However, by the time November 2004 came around, Operation Phantom Fury was completely unavoidable.

            • Popsmoke

              Fred,
              Operation Phantom Fury should have never happened if we handled Fallujah right the very first time the second battle, IMO, would have been completely avoidable. It was also the battle where we used WP in violation of CCCW.
              Lets not talk about the damage and displaced persons we caused as well as the loss of American blood and for what?
              Someone nightmare of a dream about surging tactics?

              • Fred82

                That’s actually what I was saying. The Marines were rushed in the first time and then pulled out before victory could be attained. I really don’t think those at the top saw eye to eye with commanders on the ground.

                The fact that the first battle happened as it did and the way it ended made Operation Phantom Fury a necessity.

                Actually, I don’t remember the civilians being all that upset over Operation Phantom Fury. Many of them would have gladly had their houses damaged or destroyed to be rid of the Muj. One guy even brought one of our officers the deed to his house and wanted it blown up, saying he would rather the place be blown up than have the Muj in it.

                As for WP, I have no qualms about that one. The alternative was sending our guys into houses full of fanatical jihadists waiting to achieve martyrdom. Booby-trapping houses was also a tactic utilized by the Muj.

                I’d say the WP saved American lives. I am generally not a fan of attempts to make war civilized. The best way to fight a civilized war, IMHO is to win as quickly as possible.

                I am generally in agreement with Larry regarding his stance against torture and interrogation. That said, detainees and POWs are individuals that are removed from the battlefield and no longer waging combat. Enemies actively trying kill US troops? That is a bit different.

    • Retired_from_SPOnaj

      Does the Castro regime torture people? If so, is that considered to be OK by Code Pink because the Castro regime is Marxist-Leninist and, most importantly, other than American? Does Code Pink support the nonjudicial killing of innocent American minors because they are riding in the same vehicle (or same convoy of vehicles) as a terrorist American parent? Just asking a few questions, here, so as to help navigate the treacherous waters of politically expedient hypocrisy.

      • Fred82

        Well,

        The Castro regime is known for torture and generally does not abide by anything we would consider “due process.”

        Regarding the broader Marxist-Leninist gang, the exploits of Department V and the DS lead me to believe that extrajudicial killing was no problem for the Communists.

        • Popsmoke

          Best thing we could do with Cuba is life the embargo and open the capitalist doors. The current GOC would fall quicker than a New York leaper…

          • Fred82

            That hasn’t worked all that well for Russia, China, and the Middle East so far.

            Likewise, is there any guarantee that the Castro regime would allow the lifting of an embargo to actually benefit the Cuban people?

            Increased trade with and tourism from other states hasn’t done the trick so far.

    • Retired_from_SPOnaj

      And while we’re on the topic, is Code Pink “involved” with the Muslim Brotherhood on an intimate basis? When out in public with the Brothers during said involvement, is their dress compliant with appropriately chaste Muslim fundamentalist strictures?

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  • elizabethrc

    Isn’t it rare when people with principle stand firm? Sad that it is so rare.
    Off topic and perhaps I missed it, but is Bronwyn okay? I notice she hasn’t posted in awhile. My best wishes to her.

    • http://noquarterusa.net Larry Johnson

      She is experiencing some health issues and I asked her to take a break from the blog. She was creating an unnecessary burden for herself.

      • foxyladi14

        Thanks Larry.

      • elizabethrc

        Thanks. Is there anything we can do for her?
        She’s such an asset and a good person.

        • http://noquarterusa.net Larry Johnson

          If you want to contact her, send me an email and I will forward it to her.

      • HELENK2

        hope she feels better soon. anything we can do?

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    Lets do a prisoner exchange….! Kiriakou for Graham and McCain…