Firedoglake is pleased to introduce a new series that we hope will generate interest and spread the word about torture whistleblower John Kiriakou’s imprisonment. We will be publishing artist Christopher Sabatini’s graphic renderings of some of John’s past and future prison letters, published here at FDL. Below you’ll find his illustration of the first Letter from Loretto, which you can read here. We hope you will enjoy this series!
|By: Chris Sabatini Tuesday July 8, 2014 7:49 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday June 23, 2014 11:47 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.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Wednesday May 28, 2014 1:00 pm|
While I can’t say for sure why FDL has been the subject of these malicious attacks on our site, I wouldn’t be surprised if it had something to do with the fact that while most mainstream outlets treat whistleblowers with uncompromising disdain, we have them over for dinner and visit them in prison. While they mock protest movements and pray for their failure, we give them warm jackets and tents and offer them a place to tell the world about their work. I’m extremely proud of that, and obstacles such as these DDoS attacks only empower us to keep fighting. But I have to admit that it has, on more than one occasion, kept me up at night worrying that we might not be able to keep this up for much longer if the site keeps going down and the bills become unmanageable.
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|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday May 27, 2014 8:55 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.
|By: Cassandra Rules Monday May 26, 2014 12:17 pm|
On May 19th, I attended a lecture and book-signing event, featuring former Vice President, Dick Cheney, and his wife, Lynne, at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, CA. The pair were present to promote Lynne’s new book, James Madison: A Life Reconsidered. A friend had sent me an event listing from Code Pink who was calling for Dick’s symbolic citizens arrest (there wasn’t one, unfortunately). I immediately bought a ticket and started trying to figure out what to wear to hide my tattoos so I could blend in. I was especially concerned about the drunken peace sign on my leg, since we know how these people feel about peace.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Wednesday May 21, 2014 12:13 pm|
John told us that they are struggling to make their mortgage payments now that they must rely on only one source of income. They need help coming up with about $1,500 each month to be able to make their full mortgage payments. Without it, they could be in danger of losing their home.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday May 16, 2014 10:00 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?
|By: Clifford Reese Thursday May 15, 2014 2:25 pm|
My name is Clifford Reese, I am CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou’s cousin. I was proud to attend the action started by Firedoglake to put pressure on Senate and Congress members to request John be moved to a halfway house near his family.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Friday May 9, 2014 11:37 am|
Imprisoned CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou is in the midst of serving a 30 month sentence at the Federal Correctional Institute in Loretto, Pennsylvania. On May 1st, he became eligible to be transferred to a halfway house closer to his wife and 5 young children in Arlington, VA.
According to John’s Letters from Loretto published here at Firedoglake, the Bureau of Prisons had promised to move him on May 1st for a total of 9 months in the halfway house if he promised to stop speaking with the press. John complied, but when it came time to review his case, the BOP rescinded their offer. When John resumed writing his letters and speaking to the press, prison officials began a campaign of harassment and intimidation in an effort to silence him.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Wednesday May 7, 2014 3:17 pm|
In addition to the office visits taking place in Washington DC on May 9th, supporters from across the country are joining our day of action for John Kiriakou this Friday in their own states.
We’re asking folks to stop by the local offices of at least one of their representatives in the House and/or Senate on Friday, May 9th to request that they contact the Bureau of Prisons to immediately move John to a halfway house near his family.