Friday, January 25, 2013

Obama is Sending Someone Involved in our Torture Program to Jail: The Whistleblower

This is such disgusting behavior by the Administration it's really hard to know where to begin:
A former CIA officer, who was the first member of the agency to publicly acknowledge that torture was official US policy under the administration of President George W. Bush, has been sentenced to thirty months in jail. He was convicted in October of last year of 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.

He was initially indicted for allegedly releasing classified information to journalists that included the identities of a “covert CIA officer” and details on the role of “another CIA employee in classified activities.” The Justice Department also charged him with three counts of violating the Espionage Act and one count for “allegedly lying to the Publications Review Board of the CIA” so he could include classified information in his book in addition to the charge of violating the IIPA.

The Justice Department under President Barack Obama wanted to convict him under the Espionage Act, as they have tried but thus far failed to do in the prosecution of a record number of alleged leakers or whistleblowers.
People who crashed the economy?
People who lied us into a war that killed hundreds of thousands?
People who attempted to legalize torture?

The Obama Administration wants us to move forward.

The first CIA officer to publicly acknowledge that we tortured?

The Obama Administration throws the book at him, trying to prosecute him under the espionage act.

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