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It's a cruel irony that the first agent connected to the CIA torture program to go to prison is the whistleblower who spoke out against the heinous practices of our government. **PLEASE SIGN**

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Kit B (276)
Friday January 18, 2013, 11:50 am
Artist rendering of John Kiriakou - artist unknown

***Please sign PETITION*** and share with friends, on Face book and tweet - thank you.****

President Obama: Pardon CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou

Former CIA officer John Kiriakou, who helped expose the Bush administration's torture program, recently plead guilty to sharing the name of a colleague to journalists to use as a source. He is expected to receive a sentence of 30 months in prison.

It's a cruel irony that the first agent connected to the CIA torture program to go to prison is the whistleblower who spoke out against the heinous practices of our government. From Bradley Manning to Aaron Swartz to John Kiriakou, the government's pattern of overzealously prosecuting activists and whistleblowers has ruined too many lives already.

Sign our petition demanding President Obama to pardon CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou.

We the undersigned call on President Barack Obama to pardon former CIA agent John Kiriakou for blowing the whistle on the torture of detainees in the War on Terror.

See petition at VISIT SITE


Nicole W (646)
Friday January 18, 2013, 12:09 pm
signed and noted, thank you Kit

Emma S (239)
Friday January 18, 2013, 12:50 pm
Done! Thanks, Kit.

David C (129)
Friday January 18, 2013, 1:03 pm
done. thanks.

Carrie B (306)
Friday January 18, 2013, 1:28 pm
Signed and noted.

Sheryl G (360)
Friday January 18, 2013, 1:49 pm
More Shame upon this Country. Thanks Kit for providing this.
Thanks for signing our petition demanding President Obama pardon CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou. It's terribly unjust that Kiriakou will spend more time in prison than the torturers he helped expose.


Angelika R (143)
Friday January 18, 2013, 2:07 pm
Gladly signed, thanks Kit! "...has ruined too many lives already"-you can say that again!

Past Member (0)
Friday January 18, 2013, 2:38 pm
Thanks for signing our petition demanding President Obama pardon CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou. It's terribly unjust that Kiriakou will spend more time in prison than the torturers he helped expose.
signed and shared, thanks Kit

Rose Becke (141)
Friday January 18, 2013, 2:44 pm
Signed Kit

Jim Phillips (3257)
Friday January 18, 2013, 2:45 pm
Petition signed.

Sign our petition demanding President Obama to pardon CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou.

An unjust sentencing. John should be released immediately.

Ty, Kit.

Ana Passos (2)
Friday January 18, 2013, 3:07 pm

Terry King (113)
Friday January 18, 2013, 3:07 pm

Michela M (3964)
Friday January 18, 2013, 4:21 pm

pam w (139)
Friday January 18, 2013, 5:18 pm

John B (185)
Friday January 18, 2013, 7:44 pm
Thanks Kit for the link to the petition. Signed and noted.

Jelica R (144)
Friday January 18, 2013, 8:26 pm
I guess that Kiriakou will be the proof that US has prosecuted someone for torture, in specific case - a whistleblower. I don't think that Bigelow is going to make a movie about him in a forseable future, with or without special CIA advisers. Not her forte...

Tamara Hayes (185)
Friday January 18, 2013, 10:47 pm
Noted, signed, twittered and google shared. Thanks Kit.

Scott haakon (4)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 1:21 am
Not enough facts. But sharing a name of another agent to anyone out side the agency is very suspect. This is more than a mere whistle blower. More facts are needed.

Angelus S (120)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 4:13 am
As the saying goes...evil fluorishes when good people fail to act.... perhaps the only way abuse by government can be prevented is by protecting those who stand up for stopping or preventing its abuse of people they are serving

paul m (93)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 5:40 am


Freya H (357)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 6:26 am
Noted and signed!

Pat B (356)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 7:17 am
Hoping that he gets released immediately.!! Thanks, Ms. Kit for this one. Passing on as well.

john byrne (50)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 7:27 am

thanks Kit as usual well structured & well said ,We in Ireland have a huge problem with flights landing in Shannon with what we believe are people that have been falsely detained in other jurisdictions while in transit & were transported to Romania/ Poland/ Bulgaria & OTHER holding areas until the were shipped to Cuba for the real torture The CIA BELIEVE along with the Brits that torture in an other country dont break any laws that apply on U.S SOIL OR mainland Britain.however the truth will out.

Kit B (276)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 9:02 am

Torture is completely illegal for all countries that signed the Geneva Convention. Thank you, John, I think we all need the reminder about Ireland.

The only benefit to a movie producer in collaborating with the CIA is the free advisers, international sets that have CIA protection, cars, CIA trained drivers for action scenes, so all of that makes the movie production cheaper and more profitable. The movie "Zero Dark Thirty" went without CIA intervention and the free bells and whistles, the cost of those "freebies" is that the CIA also then will moderate, intervene and "adjust" the content of the script.

Thank you all for signing this petition.

Jaime Alves (52)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 9:16 am

Terrie Williams (798)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 9:59 am
Signed in private email and shared. Noted.

Joanne D (38)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 10:44 am
It is so ironic when an individual is prosecuted and punished for releasing information the government itself should have released. It's like a throwback to the days of absolute monarchy, when the government existed to be served. Now that it is supposed to exist to serve us, a commendation would be more appropriate than punishment.

Esther Z (94)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 1:20 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks, Kit.

. (0)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 1:47 pm
Signed & posted

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 4:49 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 5:44 pm
Gladly signed & noted. Much thanks, Kit!

Kit B (276)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 6:50 pm

Thanks to all who signed. I hope we can make a difference.

Saturday January 19, 2013, 9:47 pm
Signed & Noted. Thanks Kit

Marie W (67)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 10:44 pm

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Monday January 21, 2013, 12:41 pm
Signed but could not post to facebook since we are boycotting facebook today in support of animal rescues how are trying to save lives while facebook punishes them for posting too much :(

Judy C (97)
Monday January 21, 2013, 6:03 pm
This ironic situation, where whistle blowers are prosecuted for upholding our principles and laws, exposes our government's hypocrisy. Signed. Thanks, Kit.

Mitchell D (87)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 6:04 pm
S and N.

Jelica R (144)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 4:41 pm
Let's not forget a little thing called UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (1987); which US signed on 18 Apr 1988 and ratifyed on 21 Oct 1994. Those pesky international obligations are, of course, very handy when a pressure on some under-developed, resource-rich and undemocratic foreign governments are needed; but in a club of civilized western states, good old boys can play by their own rules.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 4:55 am
Published on Friday, January 25, 2013 by Common Dreams - "CIA Torture Whistleblower Sentenced to 30 Months"- "Sentencing exemplifies the 'second McCarthy era' against US whistleblowers by the Obama administration"

Excerpt from TomDispatch piece, reprinted on Mother Jones: Obama's War on Whistleblowers (as follows WITHOUT the valuable links/ on site, WITH):
"The Obama administration has been cruelly and unusually punishing in its use of the 1917 Espionage Act to stomp on governmental leakers, truth-tellers, and whistleblowers whose disclosures do not support the president's political ambitions. As Thomas Drake, himself a victim of Obama's crusade against whistleblowers, told me, "This makes a mockery of the entire classification system, where political gain is now incentive for leaking and whistleblowing is incentive for prosecution."

The Obama administration has charged more people (six) under the Espionage Act for the alleged mishandling of classified information than all past presidencies combined. (Prior to Obama, there were only three such cases in American history, one being Daniel Ellsberg, of Nixon-era Pentagon Papers fame.) The most recent Espionage Act case is that of former CIA officer John Kiriakou, charged for allegedly disclosing classified information to journalists about the horrors of waterboarding. Meanwhile, his evil twin, former CIA officer Jose Rodriguez, has a best-selling book out bragging about the success of waterboarding and his own hand in the dirty work.

Obama's zeal in silencing leaks that don't make him look like a superhero extends beyond the deployment of the Espionage Act into a complex legal tangle of retaliatory practices, life-destroying threats, on-the-job harassment, and firings. Lots of firings. .../..."


Animae C (514)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 10:28 pm

sharon Tyson (73)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 11:18 am
No good deed goes unpunished.
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