John Kiriakou: When You Cross the 'Don't Ask Don't Tell about Torture' :Line

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Mon, 02/04/2013 - 10:00am to 10:15am
Jamie Partridge from the Healthcare Rally in Salem and John Kiriakou talking about Whistleblowing...

Here is One Good Thing you can do for the world today:

Question:  If we do not exercise our conscience, will we lose it, collectively, as a country? Some among us who  appear to have no conscience to lose…

And then there are the rare individuals who ac - without fear and aware of the risks - out of conscience.  While no one involved in the waterboarding of terror suspects has ever faced criminal charges, John Kiriakou has been convicted and sentenced to 30 months in prison.  His life is ruined.

All for the "crime" of having talked honestly to journalists about what happened and who did it.

 The prosecutors did not claimed that John talked to any foreign government, passed any government documents or accepted funds from anyone hostile to the United States. Because they couldn’t.

 John Kiriakou, a hero to civil libertarians, spoke Truth to Power – not just any ‘Power’ but the US National Security apparatus that keeps America locked down, buttoned up afraid of the acts of  conscience that keep us free.  The irony is extraordinary. For more than 14 years, John worked in the field and at home, under conditions of great peril and stress and at great personal sacrifice, dedicating himself to protecting America and Americans from harm at home and abroad.