DOJ whistleblower discusses torture report with Larry King

Jesselyn Radack, a former Department of Justice ethics advisor and whistleblower, appeared on Politicking With Larry King to discuss the Senate report on CIA interrogations. As the National Security and Human Rights Director for the Government Accountability Project, she now represents other whistleblowers, including John Kiriakou, who publicly attributed the CIA’s interrogation techniques to White House policy.

“I think we need this kind of reckoning with torture,” she said, “so that we don’t slip into this kind of behavior again.”

Radack described her whistleblowing experience in the book, Traitor: The Whistleblower and the “American Taliban,” about agency misconduct in the case of terrorism suspect John Walker Lindh.

 

Internal whistleblowing failed to stop torture, notes Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden told attendees at an Paris conference that he was “deeply saddened and to a great extent angered” by what he read in the US Senate report on CIA interrogation of terrorism suspects. The conference, sponsored by Amnesty International, was held Wednesday, Human Rights Day.

Speaking by video link from Moscow, the NSA whistleblower said, “Individuals actually lost their lives and rather than having the officer who ordered that behavior be prosecuted he actually received a monetary bonus from the CIA of $2500.”

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.

Serpico: Police violence is out of control

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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.