Victory! Supreme Court rules in favor of Robert MacLean and whistleblowing

Robert MacLean testifies to Congress. Photo by Linda Lewis

Robert MacLean testifies to Congress beside Susan Tsui Grundmann, MSPB Chair. Photo by Linda Lewis

Supporters of whistleblower Robert MacLean rejoiced Wednesday upon learning of his victory at the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court decided, 7-2, that MacLean’s disclosure while a TSA air marshal was “not specifically prohibited by law.”.(Department of Homeland Security v. Robert MacLean, No. 13–894)

MacLean tweeted his response to the news.

Senate report: CIA lied about torture of detainees

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) released an unclassified summary of its classified report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program. In a forward, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the committee chair, writes, “it is my personal conclusion that, under any common meaning of the term, CIA detainees were tortured. I also believe that the conditions of confinement, and the use of authorized and unauthorized interrogation and conditioning techniques were cruel, inhuman and degrading. I believe the evidence of this is overwhelming and incontrovertible.”

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.