Now more than ever, George H.W. Bush's bastard child demonstrates that he's no different than the Bully Boy he followed into office. AP reports that former CIA agent John Kiriakou is being charged for allegedly leaking information about waterboarding and other torture techniques. The article notes that this "is part of an aggressive ongoing Justice Department crackdown on leakers and is one of a half-dozen such cases opened during the Obama administration."
Why anyone would think Barack was a change or worth voting for is beyond me.
His war on whistle blowers should depress youth turnout if there's any justice in this world.
Kiriakou is being punished really because he spoke out (on ABC) about water-boarding in 2007.
Dylan Blaylock writes:
Government Accountability Project (GAP) National Security & Human Rights Director Jesselyn Radack, a Department of Justice (DOJ) whistleblower herself, represented National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Thomas Drake, the first individual indicted by the Obama administration under the Espionage Act for disclosing massive waste, fraud, abuse and illegality at the NSA through proper channels. The DOJ case against Drake fell apart days before the trial was set to begin last summer, in what was widely seen as a bellwether case for future prosecutions, like that of Kiriakou.
"John Kiriakou is the new Thomas Drake," stated Radack, continuing, "And the case against Kiriakou is just as flimsy as the one against Drake. The Obama administration's unprecedented use of the Espionage Act to target whistleblowers sends a chilling message to any national security worker considering blowing the whistle on corruption and wrongdoing. The Espionage Act is an archaic World War I-era law intended to go after spies, not whistleblowers."
Inexplicably, Kiriakou's indictment was sealed until today. Radack noted "There was no flight risk for Kiriakou, who had already been arrested in January, and no reason to keep the indictment under seal, except perhaps to delay press coverage of the Obama administration's latest criminal prosecution of a whistleblower."
Radack added, "It is outrageous that John Kiriakou – the whistleblower – is the only individual to be prosecuted in relation to the Bush administration's torture program. The interrogators who tortured prisoners, the officials who gave the orders, the attorneys who authored the torture memos, and the CIA agents who destroyed the interrogation tapes have not been held professionally accountable, much less charged with crimes. But John Kiriakou is facing decades in prison for helping expose torture. The fact that national security whistleblowers have become the exception to the Obama administration's meme of 'looking forward, not back' at Bush-era crimes sets a dangerous precedent: if you torture a prisoner, you will not be held criminally liable, but if you blow the whistle on torture, you risk criminal prosecution under the Espionage Act."
Members of the media interested in speaking with Radack can contact GAP Communications Director Dylan Blaylock at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an interview.
Barack has no respect for the Constitution and no respect for the people or their right to know.
He is perfectly happy for everything to take place in secret and for the nation to be left in the dark. That is not what a democracy is or is supposed to be. But trash like Barack doesn't want a democracy or an informed citizenry. All he wants from a person is: their undying love and worship, their vote in 2012 and any cash they'll send his way.
And, sadly, a large number of idiotic people are happy to do just what he wants.
Doubt it? Michael Winter ("USA Today") reports, "A 29-year-old mother of three is in jail after being stopped while texting as she drove along a Los Angeles freeway with her 1-year-old daughter on her lap, according to news reports from the Southland." If she votes, I bet she votes for Barack.
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