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John Kiriakou writes a weekly column for Truthdig. Kiriakou is a former CIA officer, former senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and former counterterrorism consultant for ABC News. He was responsible for the capture in Pakistan in 2002 of Abu Zubaydah, then believed to...

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CIA No Longer Can Defend the Indefensible—Its Torture Program


Guantanamo detainees are suing the masterminds of the CIA’s torture program. Assisting the two contract psychologists is not worth the political trouble for the intelligence agency anymore.

Posted on Jun 19, 2017

Donald Trump’s National Security Choices Are Not the ‘A’ Team in Intelligence Circles


Progressives have no reason to be optimistic about retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser or Rep. Michael Pompeo as CIA director.

Posted on Dec 2, 2016

Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Appears to Have Suffered a Heart Attack in Prison


CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling has battled to get adequate medical care while in federal prison. He doesn’t have the luxury of time. He needs help immediately.

Posted on Sep 21, 2016

How the CIA’s Darkest Torture Secrets Were Exposed—and Covered Up


An investigator for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Dan Jones, worked hard to get to the bottom of the agency’s torture program. Then-Attorney General Eric Holder and others conspired to keep the worst news hidden.

Posted on Sep 11, 2016

The Man Who Captured Abu Zubaydah Says It’s Time to End His Ordeal and Send Him Home


If the government decides you are an “enemy combatant,” you cannot defend yourself in court. It’s a terrible precedent and a threat even to U.S. citizens. We should immediately release the alleged terrorist.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016

The DNC Email Leaks: The Gift That Keeps On Feeding Distrust


The worst of the many offenses revealed in the latest WikiLeaks case is that Bernie Sanders was undemocratically deprived of fair play in the Democratic primary.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016

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

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

Hillary Clinton Email Investigation Shows Inherent Unfairness in U.S. Justice System


The next time someone faces charges related to blowing the whistle, the defendant should ask for the Hillary Clinton/David Petraeus special treatment.

Posted on Jul 9, 2016

How Brexit Will Affect U.S. Foreign Policy


The decision of British voters to leave the European Union signaled the end of politics as usual in the U.K. Americans will have to wait until 2020 or later for a chance at real change.

Posted on Jul 5, 2016

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