More on yesterday’s post about imprisoned CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou.
Not content with punishing Kiriakou for violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, the Bureau of Prisons seeks to stifle his First Amendment rights, reports Kevin Gosztola at Firedoglake.
Kiriakous’s communications with the world at large are not illegal or improper and still the government seeks to take coercive action against him, even as he pays his debt to society. For the U.S secrecy regime, the enforcement of secrecy laws is necessary but not sufficient. Discussion of the propriety of the secrecy regime is also punished by official action.
This is the secrecy system’s version of “mission creep.”
“Since August of last year, Firedoglake has been publishing “Letters from Loretto,” by Kiriakou, an imprisoned whistleblower who was the first member of the CIA to publicly acknowledge that torture was official US policy under the George W. Bush administration. He was convicted in October 2012 after he pled guilty to violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA) when he provided the name of an officer involved in the CIA’s Rendition, Detention and Interrogation (RDI) program to a reporter.”
In one letter Kiriakou shares how cops tore up his prison cell twice after he did an interview with reporters from The National Herald, “the oldest, largest and most highly-respected Greek-American newspaper in the country.”