October 22, 2012
John Kiriakou's story is the story of another of another US citizen, being targeted by the US Government, because he spoke to a reporter about abuses he saw, and answered honestly. He was the first person to speak about the practice of water-boarding techniques in US military prisons.
His life has been utterly destroyed.
He worked for the CIA. Once he spoke, his wife was also fired from her job. They lost everything. They are barely able to survive. Taking away the financial viability of a person who speaks is one of the most common but devastating tactics used. Those in power do not care if his wife and children are harmed. It is cruel, and it is ruthless treatment. It is designed to make sure others do not show such courage. But they underestimate the strength of those who have the capacity to see and speak.
John is facing 20 years in prison. Please read his story below. He is also on Twitter: @JohnKiriakou