Congressman Moran calls for presidential pardon of John Kiriakou


Steven Aftergood, at Secrecy News, reports that Rep. James Moran (D-Virginia) called upon President Obama last week to pardon imprisoned CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou. Moran made the appeal through a statement recorded in the Congressional Record for November 17.

Kiriakou, who exposed torture as White House policy, is “an American Hero,” said the congressman, a CIA veteran “decorated and recognized more than a dozen times for his outstanding work” over a 15-year career.

Whistleblower advocates premiere new play

Whistleblower advocates Zena Crenshaw-Logal and Andrew D. Jackson are co-authors of a new stage play, The Keys, a Theater for Justice production. The play will make its debut tonight in Hyattsville, MD, at Busboys and Poets. A second presentation is scheduled for Sunday, December 14, at the Busboy’s in Washington, DC. Dinner is available prior to the performance.

The play’s central character, Gloria West, is a successful car salesperson who experiences an abrupt reversal of fortune.

Serpico: Police violence is out of control


In an op-ed for Politico, “The Police Are Still Out of Control: And I should know,” Frank Serpico shares his insights on dealing with bad cops. Serpico, a retired police detective, famously exposed graft and corruption in the New York City Police Department in the 1970s. His disclosures led to the Knapp Commission Report, described below by Adam Walinsky (Village Voice).

This Halloween’s creepiest film is a documentary

Spooky National Security Agency HQ

If you’re looking for a scary film to see this Halloween, forget warmed-over classics involving vampires, chainsaws and extra-terrestrials and get yourself to a screening of Citizenfour-–a film that out-creeps the rest with real-world villains. The story plot is high-tech but has a familiar ring:  Government officials secretly take a chainsaw to the US Constitution, suck up all of the world’s communications, and thereby gain the power to manipulate or drone-kill nearly every human on earth.

VA settles reprisal complaints of three whistleblowers

With help from the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) three Veterans Affairs whistleblowers received “full and fair relief’ for reprisals experienced after they brought to light abuses at the VA hospital in Phoenix.  They are Dr. Katherine Mitchell, Paula Pedene, and Damian Reese. Mitchell and Pedene, who were removed from their jobs, have been given new assignments. Reese, who received negative performance reviews, will remain in her position as program analyst.