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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.”

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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.

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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

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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.

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John Kiriakou
John Kiriakou

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 be the third-ranking official in al-Qaida. In 2007, Kiriakou blew the whistle on the CIA’s torture program, telling ABC News that the CIA tortured prisoners, that torture was official U.S. government policy, and that the policy had been approved by then-President George W. Bush. He became the sixth whistleblower indicted by the Obama administration under the Espionage Act—a law designed to punish spies.

He served 23 months in prison as a result of the revelation.

In 2012, Kiriakou was honored with the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage, an award given to individuals who “advance truth and justice despite the personal risk it creates,” and by the inclusion of his portrait in artist Robert Shetterly’s series Americans Who Tell The Truth, which features notable truth tellers throughout American history. He was later named “Peacemaker of the Year” by the Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County, Calif. He won the PEN Center USA’s prestigious First Amendment Award in 2015 and is the author of “The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA’s War on Terror.”

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