by Sharon Noonan Kramer, whistleblower of a billion dollar scientific fraud in U.S. policy and courts by government contractors — retaliated against by criminal means in the California courts to aid the fraud to continue.
It seems perfectly clear that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will not be holding anyone accountable for the torture of prisoners under the Bush Administration. So is anyone going to be holding Holder accountable for retaliating against the torturers’ whistleblower under the Obama Administration?
Why is John Kiriakou, the CIA agent who blew the whistle on water boarding, still in jail? And why isn’t the Senate Judiciary Committee discussing the abuse of court and abuse of prosecutorial power to retaliate against him and his right to free speech for the public good?
It is unsettling that Senator Dianne Feinstein is now being holier-than-thou about the unbridled prisoner torture at Abu Grab — while making it appear it was only a Republican problem that was set right by the Democrats. Via the Senate Intelligence Committee and other sources, she has known what was going on for years. To our knowledge, she did nothing to stop it until it became publicly known as occurring. In her role on the Senate Judiciary Committee, she did nothing to stop Holder’s persecution of John Kiriakou for his valiant efforts to end the crimes against humanity by being the one who publicly exposed the torture.
This is not just a one party problem, folks! John has been persecuted by the Department of Justice during Obama’s term while attempting to cover up for horrifying acts of torture during Bush’s terms. He was falsely accused of exposing the identity of a U.S. spy to the media. In reality, he exposed the water-boarding torture to the media after none of his superiors would lift a finger to stop it. Its John’s efforts to shed public light on the problem, not the Democrats in DC, that caused the torture to stop.
Yet, to this very day, he sits in a jail cell for stopping crimes against humanity by his former employee, the United States government. John has five children and had an exemplary career record as a public servant until he exposed the systematic acts of torture by the CIA, et.al. For his efforts on behalf of his fellowman, Holder’s goons forced him to plead guilty to something he did not do and to accept thirty months incarceration — or face the real possibility of a lifetime in jail while his children grew up without a father.
Why isn’t Feinstein talking about the continued wrongful incarceration of John Kiriakou as she attempts to portray that ethics breaches in U.S. government leadership are now a thing of the past? In light of the new Senate Intelligence Committee CIA Torture Report, why hasn’t John Kiriakou been promptly released from jail and given a full pardon?
This man deserves a Medal of Honor. In addition to his concerns for humane treatment of all people, his primary concern was that our troops would be tortured in retaliation for us torturing prisoners. As he tried to warn would happen, its difficult to point the finger today at those who would behead their enemy, when their enemy has been torturing their allies for years. So who is really culpable for the escalating violence, culminating in beheadings? Seems to me that politicos in Washington, D.C. share much of the responsibility.
And let’s not forget the abuse of law and judicial process used to retaliate against Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, Thomas Drake, Aaron Swartz and many other whistleblowers of US government wrongs over the past decade and a half. The orchestrated acts to silence, punish, discredit and destroy their lives under the color of law — simply serves to illuminate that U.S. government leadership is not always what they publicly profess to be — down BOTH sides of the aisle!
Thus far, the early twenty-first century has been a shameful testament of current accepted D.C. practices by both Democrats and Republicans when honest people try to stop unlawful and criminal government acts that are harmful to us all.
Admitting the water boarding was an act of torture while using it in a game of political one-upmanship against the other party; and with no one being punished for the tortuous acts or the retaliation against a U.S. citizen to cover-up the acts — simply establishes that lack of ethics and lack of personal accountability is alive and well in Washington DC.
United States politicians from both parties owe the world a HUGE apology for the inhumane treatment of war prisoners and for the retaliation against a U.S. citizen to cover up the torture — along with retaliation against many other U.S. citizens for exposing governmental wrongs.
President Obama sending Whistleblower John Kiriakou home to his wife and five children for Christmas, would be a good place for them all to start that apology.
About Sharon Kramer
Hi, I'm an advocate for integrity in health marketing and in the courts.