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Mission creep of the secrecy system: Even behind bars, CIA whistleblower faces retaliation

 John Kiriakou
Former CIA officer John Kiriakou
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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.” …

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