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CovertAction Bulletin
75 Years of Capitalism's Invisible Army

CovertAction Bulletin

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 62:14


On September 18th 1947, the main provisions of the National Security Act of 1947 went into effect. One of these was the creation of the Central Intelligence Agency, perhaps the most infamous part of the US national security state. While we pay a lot of attention these days to digital surveillance and the agencies that focus on signals intelligence like the National Security Agency and National Reconnaissance office, the CIA has and continues to play a crucial role in establishing and maintaining global US hegemony via human intelligence as well as through its covert actions, including coups, terrorism and sabotage.Now, with that global hegemony being challenged in every hemisphere as well as with significant internal political turmoil in the United States, with significant populations on many sides of the political spectrum not trusting the so-called democratic institutions that maintain that supremacy, monitoring and exposing the CIA and all three-letter agencies is as important as ever.We are joined for this episode by two fellow members of the CovertAction Magazine Editorial Board. Lou Wolf is a co-founder of CovertAction. John Kiriakou is a former CIA analyst and whistleblower who exposed the CIA's torture program.Support the show

CovertAction Bulletin
Everything you need to know about the Espionage Act & Trump - with John Kiriakou

CovertAction Bulletin

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 59:58


This month is Black August. Begun in the 1970s, Black August is a month to commemorate political prisoners. For prisoners, it is a month of political education. It marks the anniversary of the killing of George Jackson and his brother Jonathan P. Jackson at San Quentin State Prison in 1971 and 1970, respectively.We're joined by Charisse Burden-Stelly, or Dr. CBS, to discuss the legacy, the lessons that liberation movements can learn today from Black August, the importance of the principles of "study, fast, train, fight" and uplifts the call to free them all - end the incarceration of and creation of new political prisoners today.But first, after news broke of the investigation into Trump under the Espionage Act, we reached out to speak with Espionage Act expert, John Kiriakou to tell us what the act is about and who is really punished under it. John is a member of the Editorial Board of CovertAction Magazine and was himself charged and sent to prison under the Espionage Act for exposing the CIA's torture program.To register for the August 18 Black Agenda Report event, click here.Support the show

Gorilla Radio from Pacific Free Press
Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Pablo Ouziel, Felix Abt August 6, 2022

Gorilla Radio from Pacific Free Press

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022 60:00


Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded August 6th, 2022. Europeans are experiencing a blow back blast this Summer on multiple fronts. Hellishly hot weather, a financial meltdown, and the nagging persistence of the pandemic with all its attendant social pressures are combined to test the hardiest continentals - and, as warm as it is there now, Winter is coming! Pablo Ouziel is an associate fellow at the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria and a visiting fellow in the Department Politics and International Relations at the University of Southampton. His book, 'Democracy Here and Now: The exemplary case of Spain' is published by University of Toronto Press and chronicles the birth of the M15 movement against draconian government "austerity" measures, and the rise of authoritarianism there and across the western world. Pablo currently lives outside Barcelona. Pablo Ouziel in the first half. And; in these last mad years of pandemics, wars, and climate alarm if we've learned anything it is the fragility of institutions many of us once thought solid, if not sacrosanct. Cracks in our societal pillars are clear, there for all to see, despite the establishment's best efforts to paper over the fissures. Part of the media effort to convince us our system is sound and "the greatest ever" is the necessary denigration of those others in places like Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Syria, Iran, Russia, China, and of course North Korea. Swiss author Felix Abt describes himself as a "politically neutral businessman...not sharing the typical partisan views about North Korea". After living and working in the country he says he can "contribute to a more objective view of a country he knows much better than the journalists and bloggers writing about it". Former CIA whistleblower, John Kiriakou says of Abt's second book, 'A Land of Prison Camps, Starving Slaves and Nuclear Bombs?', "Finally, the truth about North Korea... [revealing] ...the caricature we're fed by the western media simply isn't true." Felix Abt and a capitalist's story of life in the "Hermit Kingdom" in the second half. But first, Pablo Ouziel and Europe's Summer of reckoning. Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing since 1998; in Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: cfuv.ca.  Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.com/

Scheer Intelligence
Fist bumping the dictator we pretend to love

Scheer Intelligence

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 46:21


Former Mideast CIA operative John Kiriakou discusses his recent trip covering Biden in Saudi Arabia and what he's learned about America's “special relationship” with the country. 

The Opperman Report'
John Kiriakou

The Opperman Report'

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 46:00


John Chris Kiriakou (born August 9, 1964) is an American author, journalist and former intelligence officer. Kiriakou is a columnist with Reader Supported News[3] and co-host of Political Misfits on Sputnik Radio.[4]He was formerly an analyst and case officer for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, counterterrorism and a consultant for ABC News.[5][6][7] He was the first U.S. government official to confirm in December 2007 that waterboarding was used to interrogate al-Qaeda prisoners, which he described as torture.[8][9]In 2012, Kiriakou became the first CIA officer to be convicted of passing classified information to a reporter disclosing the identity of a CIA officer.[10] He received a 30-month sentence for his crime.[11]

The Opperman Report
John Kiriakou

The Opperman Report

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 46:00


John Chris Kiriakou (born August 9, 1964) is an American author, journalist and former intelligence officer. Kiriakou is a columnist with Reader Supported News[3] and co-host of Political Misfits on Sputnik Radio.[4] He was formerly an analyst and case officer for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, counterterrorism and a consultant for ABC News.[5][6][7] He was the first U.S. government official to confirm in December 2007 that waterboarding was used to interrogate al-Qaeda prisoners, which he described as torture.[8][9] In 2012, Kiriakou became the first CIA officer to be convicted of passing classified information to a reporter disclosing the identity of a CIA officer.[10] He received a 30-month sentence for his crime.[11]

Scott Horton Show - Just the Interviews
7/8/22 John Kiriakou on Vault 7, Robert Grenier and Bin Laden's Escape at Tora Bora

Scott Horton Show - Just the Interviews

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2022 74:07


Scott is joined by CIA officer turned whistleblower turned political commentator John Kiriakou to discuss the trial of Joshua Schulte, the man accused of leaking the CIA's Vault 7 program to Wikileaks. Schulte denies being involved in the leak. His next trial is fast approaching. Kiriakou explains how the Justice Department also accused Schulte of having child pornography on his computer, although they walked it back when the judge requested they actually press charges. Scott and Kiriakou discuss past cases where the U.S. government weaponized false allegations of sexual crimes against whistleblowers. They then get into a discussion about former CIA officer Robert Grenier who Kiriakou worked with. He talks about their falling out. And any discussion of Robert Grenier is inevitably going to include Bin Laden's escape into Pakistan at Tora Bora in December of 2001. Scott goes through some of the best books on the topic and Kiriakou gives his account of that critical time period from inside the Agency.  Discussed on the show: “A Whistleblower's Agony” (Scheer Post) Kiriakou's books  @innercitypress on Twitter Robert Grenier's post-Jan 6th interview on NPR 88 Days to Kandahar by Robert Grenier Jawbreaker by Gary Berntsen Kill Bin Laden by Dalton Fury/Thomas Greer “This Air Force commando called in 688,000 pounds of bombs in one battle” (Task & Purpose) Bush at War by Bob Woodward John Kiriakou is a former CIA officer and author of The Convenient Terrorist: Two Whistleblowers' Stories of Torture, Terror, Secret Wars, and CIA Lies and Doing Time Like A Spy. He is the host of Loud and Clear on Sputnik Radio. Follow him on Twitter @JohnKiriakou. This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: The War State and Why The Vietnam War?, by Mike Swanson; Tom Woods' Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; EasyShip; Free Range Feeder; Thc Hemp Spot; Green Mill Supercritical; Bug-A-Salt and Listen and Think Audio. Shop Libertarian Institute merch or donate to the show through Patreon, PayPal or Bitcoin: 1DZBZNJrxUhQhEzgDh7k8JXHXRjYu5tZiG. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Libertarian Institute - All Podcasts
7/8/22 John Kiriakou on Vault 7, Robert Grenier and Bin Laden's Escape at Tora Bora

The Libertarian Institute - All Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2022 71:53


 Download Episode. Scott is joined by CIA officer turned whistleblower turned political commentator John Kiriakou to discuss the trial of Joshua Schulte, the man accused of leaking the CIA's Vault 7 program to Wikileaks. Schulte denies being involved in the leak. His next trial is fast approaching. Kiriakou explains how the Justice Department also accused Schulte of having child pornography on his computer, although they walked it back when the judge requested they actually press charges. Scott and Kiriakou discuss past cases where the U.S. government weaponized false allegations of sexual crimes against whistleblowers. They then get into a discussion about former CIA officer Robert Grenier who Kiriakou worked with. He talks about their falling out. And any discussion of Robert Grenier is inevitably going to include Bin Laden's escape into Pakistan at Tora Bora in December of 2001. Scott goes through some of the best books on the topic and Kiriakou gives his account of that critical time period from inside the Agency.  Discussed on the show: “A Whistleblower's Agony” (Scheer Post) Kiriakou's books  @innercitypress on Twitter Robert Grenier's post-Jan 6th interview on NPR 88 Days to Kandahar by Robert Grenier Jawbreaker by Gary Berntsen Kill Bin Laden by Dalton Fury/Thomas Greer “This Air Force commando called in 688,000 pounds of bombs in one battle” (Task & Purpose) Bush at War by Bob Woodward John Kiriakou is a former CIA officer and author of The Convenient Terrorist: Two Whistleblowers' Stories of Torture, Terror, Secret Wars, and CIA Lies and Doing Time Like A Spy. He is the host of Loud and Clear on Sputnik Radio. Follow him on Twitter @JohnKiriakou. This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: The War State and Why The Vietnam War?, by Mike Swanson; Tom Woods' Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; EasyShip; Free Range Feeder; Thc Hemp Spot; Green Mill Supercritical; Bug-A-Salt and Listen and Think Audio. Shop Libertarian Institute merch or donate to the show through Patreon, PayPal or Bitcoin: 1DZBZNJrxUhQhEzgDh7k8JXHXRjYu5tZiG.

TRENDIFIER with Julian Dorey
#102 - Who Was The CIA's Enhanced Interrogation Fall Guy? | Danny Jones

TRENDIFIER with Julian Dorey

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 194:38


(***TIMESTAMPS in Description Below) ~ SUBSCRIBE TO KONCRETE: https://www.youtube.com/c/koncrete  “Tampa” Danny Jones is a documentary filmmaker, Hollywood cinematographer and podcaster. Danny spent the early days of his career as an underwater cinematographer and eventually worked his way towards creating his own documentaries. After releasing various films/features (including the viral YouTube Docuseries “Deckhands”) Danny launched a long-form, in-person podcast in 2018 called “Koncrete.” The show is phenomenal and the guests he's had on are top-tier. Go check it out! ***TIMESTAMPS*** 0:00 - The brilliance of Breaking Bad; How Danny got into cinematography; The Blair Witch Project; Jumping over Sharks in Florida 20:08 - Danny talks about his early projects in the film industry including “Deckhands”; The TV Industry & Legacy Media vs. Modern Media 38:16 - Danny tells the story of former CIA Agent John Kiriakou; The Abu Zubaydah Al-Qaeda capture in 2002; How Kiriakou became the CIA's fall guy; Russia and free speech; The madness of the post-Ukraine Invasion 55:38 - Danny talks about the tyrant Mao Zedong & his wife Jiang Qing; Do Russian Dissidents have a platform in America?; Oliver Stone's role in policy debate 1:16:53 - Elon Musk and power grabs; Bill Gates and land grabs; Apple's recent emphasis on Privacy marketing; Corporations run America more than the government?; How the rich get richer 1:43:49 - Danny talks about Koncrete's most-featured guest, Mortgage Fraudster Matt Cox; Trump's blogs are nuts 2:01:40 - Term limits and the middle ground between 4 years and forever; potential bellwether elections just happened; Skip Bayless is awful; The early days of YouTube; What's the next content boom? 2:21:54 - Danny talks about his mentor, legendary Underwater Cinematographer, Pete Zuccarini (Pirates of The Caribbean, Avatar, Life of Pi, and more); Why Danny walked away from Hollywood 2:43:54 - YouTube vs TikTok content battle; Spotting liars 3:01:16 - The Johnny Depp Amber Heard Trial; Danny's Marilyn Manson Bucket List wish; The Defiant Ones Documentary ~ YouTube EPISODES & CLIPS: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0A-v_DL-h76F75xik8h03Q ~ Get $150 Off The Eight Sleep Pod Pro Mattress / Mattress Cover (USING CODE: “TRENDIFIER”): https://eight-sleep.ioym.net/trendifier   PRIVADO VPN FOR $4.99/Month: https://privadovpn.com/trendifier/#a_aid=Julian Julian's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/julianddorey ~ Beat provided by: https://freebeats.io Music Produced by White Hot

KONCRETE Podcast
#138 - Ex-CIA Spy Explains How the United States Turned Him Into a Dissident | John Kiriakou

KONCRETE Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 166:13 Very Popular


John Kiriakou is a former CIA counterterrorism officer who was sentenced to 2 years in federal prison for exposing the CIA's enhanced interrogation program. Kiriakou was the first former CIA officer to confirm that the agency waterboarded detainees and label waterboarding as torture. Follow John: https://twitter.com/JohnKiriakou Follow Danny https://www.instagram.com/jonesdanny https://twitter.com/jonesdanny

Scheer Intelligence
It's scoundrel time in the good ol' USA

Scheer Intelligence

Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 52:25 Very Popular


Critics of the West's role in the Ukraine war, such as CIA veterans Ray McGovern and John Kiriakou, are being ostracized from the American media landscape. 

Consortium News
CN LIVE! S3E5 Seeking Justice in Gaza & in the US Prison System

Consortium News

Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2022 60:27


New CN Live! host John Kiriakou invites Richard Becker, author of the book 'Palestine, Israel and the U.S. Empire' and West Coast Coordinator for the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) Coalition, to discuss the situation in Gaza. Journalist Kevin Gosztola will update us on the plight of drone whistleblower Daniel Hale; and Rights Defense Center founder Paul Wright will talk about prison reform and sentencing reform in the era of Covid. Co hosted by Elizabeth Vos.

Consortium News
CN Live! S3E7 - ASSANGE ON THE BRINK

Consortium News

Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2022 85:01


There have been two dramatic developments in the U.S. case against imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange within the past two weeks. The Icelandic newsmagazine Stundin on June 26 revealed that a key U.S. witness in the indictment of Assange for conspiracy to commit computer intrusion had changed his story. And on Wednesday the High Court in London allowed the U.S. to appeal a Jan. 4 magistrate's decision against extraditing Assange to the U.S. because of his mental health and the harsh conditions of U.S. prisons, making him a threat for suicide. The High Court said, however, that the U.S. could not appeal the judgement of Assange's health but only that of U.S. prisons. The U.S. promised it would not put Assange under special measures of isolation if he were extradited and if convicted, would allow him to serve his sentence in Australia. The U.S. has a history of broken promises in such cases. For example, in the September 2020 Assange extradition hearing, lawyer Lindsay A. Lewis testified that the UK had imposed this condition for humanitarian reasons on Abu Hamsa, a prisoner who had lost both hands, but once on U.S. soil, Hamsa was placed in isolation. Joining us to discuss these two major developments will be WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson; ex-Icelandic Interior Minister Ögmundur Jónasson (on how he resisted an FBI sting against Assange); Stundin journalist Bjartmar Oddur Þeyr Alexandersson (on his piece about Siggi Thordarson); Australian MP Julian Hill; Consortium News legal analyst Alexander Mercouris and radio host and CN columnist John Kiriakou, who was imprisoned for blowing the whistle on the CIA's torture program. Produced by Cathy Vogan, watch it here live with your hosts Elizabeth Vos and Joe Lauria at 9 am EDT; 1 pm in Iceland (GMT); 2 pm BST in the U.K. and 11 pm AEST in Australia

Scott Horton Show - Just the Interviews
5/6/22 John Kiriakou on the War on Alternative Media

Scott Horton Show - Just the Interviews

Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2022 43:25


Scott is joined by CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou to discuss the recent uptick in deplatforming efforts against alternative media sites like Consortium News and MintPress News. They discuss the hold that the Intelligence Community has over establishment national security “journalists.” The example of Ken Dilanian comes up, the journalist who reported on the CIA, but who sent every draft to the CIA for approval before even sending it to his own editor. Meanwhile, alternative websites like The Gayzone, Consortium News, MintPress News and Antiwar.com get no access and are quickly labeled as unstable conspiracy theorists. Recently, the deplatforming attempts against these sites have ramped up with the new “misinformation” labeling group NewsGuard. Scott and Kiriakou agree that this is the logical consequence of the attempt to ruin Jullian Assange, but also that it could be an act of desperation. Discussed on the show: John Kiriakou's books OKC Bombing Archive NewsGuard Radley Balko at the Washington Post “Ken Dilanian CIA” Google Search MintPress News John Kiriakou is a former CIA officer and author of The Convenient Terrorist: Two Whistleblowers' Stories of Torture, Terror, Secret Wars, and CIA Lies and Doing Time Like A Spy. He is the host of Loud and Clear on Sputnik Radio. Follow him on Twitter @JohnKiriakou. This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: The War State and Why The Vietnam War?, by Mike Swanson; Tom Woods' Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; EasyShip; Free Range Feeder; Thc Hemp Spot; Green Mill Supercritical; Bug-A-Salt and Listen and Think Audio. Shop Libertarian Institute merch or donate to the show through Patreon, PayPal or Bitcoin: 1DZBZNJrxUhQhEzgDh7k8JXHXRjYu5tZiG. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Libertarian Institute - All Podcasts
5/6/22 John Kiriakou on the War on Alternative Media

The Libertarian Institute - All Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2022 41:55


 Download Episode. Scott is joined by CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou to discuss the recent uptick in deplatforming efforts against alternative media sites like Consortium News and MintPress News. They discuss the hold that the Intelligence Community has over establishment national security “journalists.” The example of Ken Dilanian comes up, the journalist who reported on the CIA, but who sent every draft to the CIA for approval before even sending it to his own editor. Meanwhile, alternative websites like The Gayzone, Consortium News, MintPress News and Antiwar.com get no access and are quickly labeled as unstable conspiracy theorists. Recently, the deplatforming attempts against these sites have ramped up with the new “misinformation” labeling group NewsGuard. Scott and Kiriakou agree that this is the logical consequence of the attempt to ruin Jullian Assange, but also that it could be an act of desperation. Discussed on the show: John Kiriakou's books OKC Bombing Archive NewsGuard Radley Balko at the Washington Post “Ken Dilanian CIA” Google Search MintPress News John Kiriakou is a former CIA officer and author of The Convenient Terrorist: Two Whistleblowers' Stories of Torture, Terror, Secret Wars, and CIA Lies and Doing Time Like A Spy. He is the host of Loud and Clear on Sputnik Radio. Follow him on Twitter @JohnKiriakou. This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: The War State and Why The Vietnam War?, by Mike Swanson; Tom Woods' Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; EasyShip; Free Range Feeder; Thc Hemp Spot; Green Mill Supercritical; Bug-A-Salt and Listen and Think Audio. Shop Libertarian Institute merch or donate to the show through Patreon, PayPal or Bitcoin: 1DZBZNJrxUhQhEzgDh7k8JXHXRjYu5tZiG.

CovertAction Bulletin
Julian Assange & the U.S. War on Whistleblowers with John Kiriakou

CovertAction Bulletin

Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 56:05


In this special episode of CovertAction Bulletin, we spent the entire hour with John Kiriakou. A former CIA analyst and field agent, Kiriakou became a whistleblower when he exposed the CIA's torture program - and became the only person jailed for it. We discuss how the ongoing campaign against Julian Assange should inform us about how to view and support the work of other whistleblowers. While Assange remains in prison and under threat of extradition and trial in the US, the threat to journalists, publishers and activists continues to grow. We also talk about a brief history of prosecution of whistleblowers and those who speak against injustice starting with the Espionage Act.Kiriakou also shares his own story and the stories of other whistleblowers including drone whistleblower Daniel Hale. Support the show

Consortium News
CNLIVE! S2E17 A SENSE OF JUSTICE

Consortium News

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 189:46


With Daniel Ellsberg, John Kiriakou, Andrew Fowler, Mary Kostakidis, Alexander Mercouris & Fidel Narváez.

Scheer Intelligence
Biden denies CIA torture victims their day in court

Scheer Intelligence

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 44:23


CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou comments on the legal case of five Guantanamo Bay torture victims and what its outcome could say about the US. 

The Antedote
Deep Ukraine Part 6: RT America, Abby Martin, and Russian Media Warfare

The Antedote

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 165:53


We discuss the recent Mediaroots podcast by Abby and Robbie Martin, titled "RIP RT America: The End of an Era," which details Abby's time at RT and some of hers and Robbie's thoughts and recollections. We talk about some of Abby's strong points in terms of activism and journalism as well as areas where her coverage and perspective falls short. We close by discussing Russian state media policy related to September 11th, bringing in Abby as well as John Kiriakou of Radio Sputnik. https://soundcloud.com/media-roots/rip-rt-america-the-end-of-an-era https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvpW36yo4Q4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=revx-akHmAM https://www.dni.gov/files/documents/ICA_2017_01.pdf https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnZSaKYmP2s https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/26/magazine/how-fake-news-turned-a-small-town-upside-down.html https://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/gaza-fights-for-freedom/ https://twitter.com/MaxBlumenthal/status/763105569712410624 http://911blogger.com/news/2016-08-17/max-blumenthal-finds-abby-martin-not-guilty-911-truth https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RT_(TV_network) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Yah_Satellite_Communications https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foxtel https://newrepublic.com/article/148342/cia-spy-became-russian-propagandist --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-antedote/support

The Left is Dead
Jim on Sputnik's The Backstory: Iraqi Anniversary 3-21

The Left is Dead

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 27:12


Jim joins John Kiriakou and Rachel Blevins spoke with James Carey about the damage done by President George W. Bush, Libya, and the Taiwan Strait situation. James talked about the 2003 invasion of Iraq and America's history with Iran. James spoke on the destruction of Libya and the long-term consequences of America's military action in the Middle East. Full episode of The Backstory - https://bit.ly/3L95aVu

The Opperman Report
The Watchdogs Didn't Bark: The CIA, NSA, and the Crimes of the War on Terror

The Opperman Report

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 70:43


The shocking reexamination of the failures of US government officials to use available intelligence to stop the attack on American on September 11, 2001. “The authors lay bare…an intelligence failure of historic proportions.”—John Kiriakou, former CIA officer, author, The Convenient Terrorist In 2009, documentarians John Duffy and Ray Nowosielski arrived at the offices of Richard Clarke, the former counterterror adviser to Presidents Clinton and Bush. In the meeting, Clarke boldly accused one-time Central Intelligence Agency director George Tenet of “malfeasance and misfeasance” in the pre-war on terror. Thus began an incredible—never-before-told—investigative journey of intrigue about America's intelligence community and two 9/11 hijackers. The Watchdogs Didn't Bark details that story, unearthed over a ten-year investigation. Following the careers of a dozen counterterror employees working in different agencies of the US government from the late 1980s to the present, the book puts the government's systems of oversight and accountability under a microscope. At the heart of this book is a mystery: Why did key 9/11 plotters Khalid Al Mihdhar and Nawaf Al Hazmi, operating inside the United States, fall onto the radars of so many US agencies without any of those agencies succeeding in stopping the attacks? The answers go beyond mere “conspiracy theory” and “deep state” actors, but instead find a complicated set of potential culprits and an easily manipulated system. Taking readers on a character-driven account of the causes of 9/11 and how the lessons of the attacks were cynically inverted to empower surveillance of citizens, kidnapping, illegal imprisonment, torture, government-sanctioned murder, and a war on whistleblowers and journalists, an alarm is raised which is more pertinent today than ever before. Read less

The Opperman Report'
The Watchdogs Didn't Bark: The CIA, NSA, and the Crimes of the War on Terror

The Opperman Report'

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 70:43


The shocking reexamination of the failures of US government officials to use available intelligence to stop the attack on American on September 11, 2001. “The authors lay bare…an intelligence failure of historic proportions.”—John Kiriakou, former CIA officer, author, The Convenient TerroristIn 2009, documentarians John Duffy and Ray Nowosielski arrived at the offices of Richard Clarke, the former counterterror adviser to Presidents Clinton and Bush. In the meeting, Clarke boldly accused one-time Central Intelligence Agency director George Tenet of “malfeasance and misfeasance” in the pre-war on terror. Thus began an incredible—never-before-told—investigative journey of intrigue about America's intelligence community and two 9/11 hijackers.The Watchdogs Didn't Bark details that story, unearthed over a ten-year investigation. Following the careers of a dozen counterterror employees working in different agencies of the US government from the late 1980s to the present, the book puts the government's systems of oversight and accountability under a microscope. At the heart of this book is a mystery: Why did key 9/11 plotters Khalid Al Mihdhar and Nawaf Al Hazmi, operating inside the United States, fall onto the radars of so many US agencies without any of those agencies succeeding in stopping the attacks?The answers go beyond mere “conspiracy theory” and “deep state” actors, but instead find a complicated set of potential culprits and an easily manipulated system. Taking readers on a character-driven account of the causes of 9/11 and how the lessons of the attacks were cynically inverted to empower surveillance of citizens, kidnapping, illegal imprisonment, torture, government-sanctioned murder, and a war on whistleblowers and journalists, an alarm is raised which is more pertinent today than ever before.Read less

Parallax Views w/ J.G. Michael
The Palestinian Struggle and Human Rights w/ Dr. Hanan Ashrawi/The 2022 Israel Lobby Con w/ Grant F. Smith

Parallax Views w/ J.G. Michael

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2022 82:39


On this edition of Parallax Views, later on in the program we'll be talking to one of the most prominent leaders in the Palestinian liberation movement, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi. Dr. Ashrawi was the first woman to be elected a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in 2009, served as the official spokesperson of the Palestinian delegation to the Middle East peace process from 1991-1993, and participated in the 1991-1992 Madrid peace conference as a member of the Palestinian Leadership Committee delegation. Hanan will join me to discuss the Palestinian struggle, human rights, and U.S. policy on Palestine with a focus on said policy during the Presidencies of Donald J. Trump and now Joe Biden. We'll also discuss Dr. Ashrawi's encounter with the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela, the expulsions of Palestinians from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah district of East Jerusalem, the human rights and international law approach to Israel/Palestine, the propaganda matrix around Israel/Palestine, hope for the future of the Palestinian cause, and much, much more! That, however, will be in the second segment of today's show. First, Grant F. Smith of IRmep (Institute for Research: Middle East Policy) returns to the show to discuss the upcoming Israel Lobby Con (Transcending the Israel Lobby at Home and Abroad) on March 3rd. Speakers include the aforementioned Dr. Ashrawi, Israeli journalist Gideon Levy, CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, Paul Noursi of the Virginia Human Rights Coalition, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, Rev. Don Wagner, academic Sut Jhally, the Council on American-Islamic Relations' (CAIR) Edward Ahmed Mitchell, and Palestine Legal's Radihka Sanith. The conference will cover a number of topics such as Christian Zionism, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement), human rights and Democracy in Israel, Israel and the U.S. national security state, free speech for Palestinian activists, and much, much more. You can attend the conference by visiting the Israel Lobby Con website and purchasing a ticket. The Annual Israel Lobby Con at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on March 3rd (IRL and Zoom tickets available)

Political Misfits
Russia's Red Line, Freedom Convoy Crackdown, Spoofing and Scalping

Political Misfits

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2022 111:58


Jim Jatras, former US diplomat and former senior foreign policy advisor to the Senate Republican leadership, joins Michelle Witte and John Kiriakou to discuss the expulsion of the US deputy ambassador from Russia and the accusations Ukraine and Russia are exchanging of cease-fire violations, as the US secretary of state addresses the UN Security Council on the crisis. Chris Garaffa, editor of TechForThePeople.org, breaks down the Future of Tech commission's recent recommendations on limiting data collection, and the need for more forceful action on privacy violations. They also discuss new legislation to protect childrens' privacy online and Google's plans to (pretend to) protect your privacy. Robert Hockett, Edward Cornell professor of law and a professor of public policy at Cornell University, gets into the Justice Department's investigation of short selling on Wall Street. He also helps explain the ramifications of the Canadian government's new emergency powers as they relate to private banking and breaks down what the about face of the Trump Organization's accounting firm means. Austin Pelli, cohost of Fault Lines, reports from Ottawa, where a crackdown on the anti-mandate trucker convoy is underway. Protestors appear to be unconcerned with the threats of arrest, and promise the protest will continue.

Fault Lines
State Dept. Grilled on Russian False Flag: "Where's The Evidence?"

Fault Lines

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2022 172:28


On this episode of Fault Lines, hosts Jamarl Thomas and Austin Pelli talk about the State Dept. spokesman getting roasted over failing to provide evidence that Russia is planning a false flag op, what standard procedure is when reporting classified info, and if vaccinating young children is worth it.Guests:Mark Sleboda - International Security Analyst | New Age of McCarthyism as U.S. Fearmongers Over Russian and Chinese UnityJohn Kiriakou - Former CIA Officer | State Dept. Can't Prove Russia False Flag Claim, What's Standard Practice?Dr. Mikhail Kogan - Physician | Vaccinating Children Under 5: A Regulatory GambleIn the first hour Mark Sleboda joined the show to talk about the fiery exchange between State Dept. spokesman Ned Price and AP writer Matt Lee, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping warming up to each other in the face of Olympic boycotts and NATO pressure, and the rise of a second era of McCarthyism. In the second hour Fault Lines was joined by John Kiriakou to discuss what standard procedure is when reporting and sharing confidential information, the U.S. working with Israel to obtain notoriously powerful spyware software, and why Idlib has been such a hot target for U.S. commandos.In the third hour Dr. Mikhail Kogan joined the conversation to talk about whether marijuana and its compounds could effectively treat COVID-19. We also talked about how COVID vaccines affect women's menstrual cycles and if the benefits of vaccinating children under 5-years-old outweigh the potential side effects.

American Exception
Episode 19: Secrets of the Doomsday Machine: A Tribute to Daniel Ellsberg

American Exception

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2022 64:47


This special episode features Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. About a year ago, on Groundhog Day 2021, Ellsberg came my peace studies class. He was prepared to answer questions from students, which he did, but only after being surprised by a number of luminaries who had previously agreed to join us. The surprise guests included James Galbraith, Peter Kuznick, Katharine Gun, and Peter Dale Scott. The class—Peace Studies of the American Century—is one that I developed in collaboration with American University history professor Peter Kuznick and filmmaker Oliver Stone.  Daniel Ellsberg is the author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers, and The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. His life story is the subject of The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, the Oscar-nominated documentary that Edward Snowden credited for inspiring his own act of whistleblowing. Lastly, we are joined by former CIA officer John Kiriakou, the heroic individual who went to jail for blowing the whistle on CIA torture. He was kind enough to offer his own very memorable tribute to Daniel Ellsberg. Special thanks to Mickey Huff and Anthony Fest of Project Censored, Casey Moore for the episode art, and Dana Chavarria for the sound engineering!   Music: "End of the World" by Mock Orange

Political Misfits
Truckers Protest, LA Covers Up, CIA Experiment in Denmark Revealed?

Political Misfits

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2022 112:02


Peter Oliver, RT foreign correspondent, joins Misfit hosts Michelle Witte and John Kiriakou to discuss Washington's written response to Russia's security concerns and the state of negotiations over Ukraine. Tina Desiree Berg, host of the podcast District 34 and reporter for status coup, breaks down Los Angeles' efforts to cover up its homelessness problem ahead of the Super Bowl, and California's ongoing housing and homelessness crisis. Keean Bexte, editor in chief of The Counter Signal, brings an update on the trucker convoy making its way across Canada to protest vaccine mandates. Sputnik News journalist Morgan Artyukhina reports live from a rally outside the White House to protest war with Russia. Chris Garaffa, web developer, technologist and security and privacy consultant, reviews the weak state of regulations governing how our private data is stored and protected by the corporations that collect it, and offers some suggestions as to who might be behind the internet outage in North Korea this week.The Misfits also discussed reports of a secret CIA research program in Denmark, noted some new support for political prisoner Leonard Peltier, and bashed the NFT hype – again.

Political Misfits
Unity on Ukraine? SCOTUS Takes on Affirmative Action

Political Misfits

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2022 111:54


International affairs and security analyst Mark Sleboda joins Misfit hosts John Kiriakou and Michelle Witte to discuss the newfound “unity” US President Joe Biden has supposedly achieved among European powers in facing down Russia. Mohammad Marandi, professor of English Literature and Orientalism at University of Tehran, updates us on the status of talks between Iran and Western powers on the country's nuclear program, and identifies the stumbling blocks in the way of any new accord. Author and journalist Dan Lazare breaks down the shambolic reaction of the US legal system to mask mandates and asks how much former President Donald Trump should fear the investigation into his election pressure in Georgia. He also outlines the affirmative action cases soon to be heading to the Supreme Court. Paul Wright, executive director of the Human Rights Defense Center and editor of Prison Legal News and Criminal Legal News magazines, discusses the punitive use of solitary confinement and “communication management” in prisons, and talks about what it would take to reform the Bureau of Prisons.

Fault Lines
A Bewildered Blinken Adopts New Conciliatory Tone on Russia

Fault Lines

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2022 173:44


On this episode of Fault Lines, hosts Jamarl Thomas and Austin Pelli talk about the aftermath of negotiations between the U.S. and Russia, the cost of COVID-19 lockdowns to the economy, and talked about various stories out of the CIA, including what the real cause of ‘Havana Syndrome' might be.Guests:Scott Ritter - Former U.N. Weapons Inspector | A Bewildered Blinken Adopts New Conciliatory Tone on RussiaMark Frost - Economist | What's the Real Cost of COVID-19 Lockdowns?John Kiriakou - Former CIA Officer | CIA Training Paramilitary Troops in Case of Ukraine InvasionIn the first hour Scott Ritter joined the show to talk about a rare moment of truth from Biden's press conference where he admitted that the U.S. does not have the resources to punish a minor incursion on Ukrainian soil by Russia. We also listened in to Blinken speaking after his meeting with Lavrov that drove further confusion about what the U.S. stance is on Russia.In the second hour Fault Lines was joined by Mark Frost for a discussion on if the economic cost of COVID-19 restrictions was worth it considering that despite lockdowns over 850,000 people have died from the virus, debated what the real price of a human life is, and cast doubt on the new job numbers that Biden has been touting.In the third hour John Kiriakou joined the conversation to talk about how the CIA is using paramilitary tactics in training special ops forces to fight in Ukraine, how Blinken is punching above his weight in negotiations with Lavrov, and what the real cause of ‘Havana syndrome' might be.

Fault Lines
A Bewildered Blinken Adopts New Conciliatory Tone on Russia

Fault Lines

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 170:01


On this episode of Fault Lines, hosts Jamarl Thomas and Austin Pelli talk about the aftermath of negotiations between the U.S. and Russia, the cost of COVID-19 lockdowns to the economy, and talked about various stories out of the CIA, including what the real cause of ‘Havana Syndrome' might be.Guests:Scott Ritter - Former U.N. Weapons Inspector | A Bewildered Blinken Adopts New Conciliatory Tone on RussiaMark Frost - Economist | What's the Real Cost of COVID-19 Lockdowns?John Kiriakou - Former CIA Officer | CIA Training Paramilitary Troops in Case of Ukraine InvasionIn the first hour Scott Ritter joined the show to talk about a rare moment of truth from Biden's press conference where he admitted that the U.S. does not have the resources to punish a minor incursion on Ukrainian soil by Russia. We also listened in to Blinken speaking after his meeting with Lavrov that drove further confusion about what the U.S. stance is on Russia.In the second hour Fault Lines was joined by Mark Frost for a discussion on if the economic cost of COVID-19 restrictions was worth it considering that despite lockdowns over 850,000 people have died from the virus, debated what the real price of a human life is, and cast doubt on the new job numbers that Biden has been touting.In the third hour John Kiriakou joined the conversation to talk about how the CIA is using paramilitary tactics in training special ops forces to fight in Ukraine, how Blinken is punching above his weight in negotiations with Lavrov, and what the real cause of ‘Havana syndrome' might be.

By Any Means Necessary
Federal Prisons Resignation Reveals Deeper Rot In US Prisons

By Any Means Necessary

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 18:51


In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by John Kiriakou, co-host of Political Misfits, which you can hear from 12 to 2 PM EST right here on Radio Sputnik to discuss the resignation of Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal and the rot that characterized the prison system under his watch, Carvajal's refusal to act on the spread of COVID in prisons as people died directly because of his refusal to act, how this refusal and treatment of prisoners reveals a larger disdain for incarcerated people in society, and how the harsh treatment of prisoners contributes to high rates of recidivism.

By Any Means Necessary
Joe Biden's First Year In Office Marked By Failure To Deliver on Promises

By Any Means Necessary

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 112:41


In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by John Kiriakou, co-host of Political Misfits, which you can hear from 12 to 2 PM EST right here on Radio Sputnik to discuss the resignation of Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal and the rot that characterized the prison system under his watch, Carvajal's refusal to act on the spread of COVID in prisons as people died directly because of his refusal to act, how this refusal and treatment of prisoners reveals a larger disdain for incarcerated people in society, and how the harsh treatment of prisoners contributes to high rates of recidivism.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Miko Peled, human rights activist and author of “The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine,” and “Injustice, the Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five.” to discuss efforts by Israel to displace a family in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem, how it fits into Israel's campaign to expel Palestinians from the neighborhood and its colonization campaign, the greenwashing of Israel's ethnic cleansing campaign in the Naqab, and the US taxpayer money that goes into these displacement campaigns.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Anthony Rogers Wright, Director of Environmental Justice with New York Lawyers for the Public Interest to discuss Joe Biden's empty rhetoric on environmental justice and the health of Black people, the failure of the Justice40 initiative to allocate infrastructure funds to poor Black communities, how corporate control of politicians continues to contribute to the harms faced by working class communities, and the possibility of worsened infrastructure and economic inequality for communities suffering from environmental racism.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Margaret Kimberley, editor and senior columnist at Black Agenda Report and author of the book "Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents" to discuss the first year of Joe Biden's presidency and his rejection of progressive reforms and so-called “harm reduction” that is responsible for his election in the first place, the crisis of legitimacy that has opened up due to Biden's abandonment of working and poor people, the opportunity to organize for a system that works for working and poor people that has arisen because of that crisis, US attempts to overthrow the government of Nicaragua and the system that it represents, and the cooptation of progressive language in the service of imperialism.

Political Misfits
Ghislaine Maxwell Verdict; 2021 Year-In-Review; 2022 Predictions

Political Misfits

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 112:56


Dr. Peter Kuznick, professor of history and Director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University, join us to talk about what year did 2021 most resemble historically in either US or global history, how we are moving from a unilateral to multi-polar world as U.S. hegemony is challenged, the state of global economic inequality, the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the looming catastrophe brought forth by anthropogenic climate change, and what changes we could see in 2022 to tackle challenges facing humanity. Jacqui Luqman and Sean Blackmon, hosts of By Any Means Necessary on Radio Sputnik, join us to talk about the most important stories covered on their show in 2021, including the trial and verdict of Derek Chauvin, the indictment of Igor Danchenko and the collapse of the Russiagate conspiracy theory, the continuity we saw between the Biden and Trump administrations, particularly concerning immigration, the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, and billionaires in space. Medea Benjamin, anti-war and anti-torture activist and the co-founder of Code Pink, and Monica Cruz, host and reporter with BreakThrough News, join us to talk about the positive stories that have come out of the pandemic, which saw people help out their neighbors and strangers through mutual aid and organizing, the possibility of a return to labor power, the end of the war in Afghanistan, and what we need to keep doing to change the world through people power.John Kiriakou, co-host of The Backstory on Radio Sputnik, talks to us about what's in and out in 2022 with the Great Procrastination taking the place of the Great Resignation, meme stocks versus troll philanthropy, the great Tesla recall, and the prospects for peace on the Korean peninsula.The Misfits also talk about the trial of the Ghislaine Maxwell trial, where the jury delivered a guilty verdict on five out of six counts related to sex trafficking, whether there will be further repercussions for others related to this scandal, and look back to a year of protests and political movements locally and across the globe.

CovertAction Bulletin
On Philip Agee and the History CovertAction Magazine: In-depth Interviews with Louis Wolf and Chris Agee

CovertAction Bulletin

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 24:17


Today we turn to Philip Agee, ex-CIA Case Officer from 1957 to 1969. After a series of short extraordinary excerpts from interviews with Philip Agee, featured in the classic documentary history of the CIA entitled “On Company Business," David Giglio goes in-depth with Louis Wolf and Chris Agee discussing Phil and the history of CovertAction Magazine. Philip Agee was stationed in various parts of Latin America including Ecuador, Uruguay and Mexico throughout the 1960s. As one of the first ex-CIA whistleblowers to go public in 1975, Agee not only exposed the covert activities of the U.S. government but provided the critical analysis including political economy to contextualize the mechanics of U.S. imperialism. In addition to writing his tell-all book in 1975 entitled CIA Diary: Inside the Company, where he named all the actual names and operations, Agee started CovertAction Magazine (originally named CovertAction Information Bulletin) in 1978 with Louis Wolf, William Schaap, Ellen Ray, James and Elsie Wilcott, William Kunstler, and Michael Ratner. The Magazine was created in order to carry on the work of the preceding publication called CounterSpy, which had been shut down as a result of CIA harassment. Over the years, contributors to the Magazine have included critics of U.S. foreign policy such as Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Michael Parenti, Philip Wheaton, Sean Gervasi and Christopher Hitchens. By the printing of the second issue, eleven bookstores promoted the stapled newsletter. And by issue #3, the official library of the CIA had actually sent in its subscription request which was then posted on the cover. You can read these and all the back issues in the archives of CovertActionMagazine.com. The publication became of interest to Congress in 1982 with the passage of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, which made the practice of revealing the names of undercover officers illegal under U.S. law—even if derived from public unclassified sources. Over the years, the magazine worked with and supported whistleblowers like John Stockwell, Ralph McGehee, David MacMichael, Jennifer Harbrury, Ambassador/Colonel Ann Wright, Christopher Simpson, and Wayne Madsen, publishing hundreds of articles on CIA covert operations and intelligence-related disclosures including undercover NSA and FBI operations in the U.S. and around the world. When you think of the more recent whistleblowers including Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, John Kiriakou, Jeffrey Sterling, and Daniel Hale, we are talking about a long history of whistleblowers going back to Philip Agee, Daniel Ellsberg, Anthony Russo and more… As covered in earlier episodes, CAM played a important role in the making of Oliver Stone's JFK in the early 1990s. Ellen Ray and Bill Schaap encouraged, edited and published Jim Garrison's book entitled “On the Trail of the Assassins.” They then handed it to Oliver Stone in an elevator at the Havana Film Festival in the late 80s and he was quickly convinced to make the film.In 1992, with issue #43, the magazine was renamed as CovertAction Quarterly and won awards from organizations including Project Censored for stories like "Phi Beta Capitalism", about corporate influence on universities. CovertAction Quarterly ceased publication of its print magazine in 2005 with issue #78, and later relaunched online as CovertAction Magazine in 2018. Numerous articles from CovertAction Quarterly were collected in two anthologies, CovertAction: The Roots of Terrorism and Bioterror: Manufacturing Wars The American Way, both by Ellen Ray and Bill Schaap and published by Ocean Press in 2003. Agee and Louis Wolf also published Dirty Work: The CIA in W

KGO 810 Podcast
December 27, 2021: Pat Thurston Show: John Kiriakou talks the case of Reality Winner

KGO 810 Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 34:27


John Chris Kiriakou is an American author, journalist and former intelligence officer. Kiriakou is a columnist with Reader Supported News and co-host of Loud and Clear on Sputnik Radio. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/23/us/reality-winner-nsa-sentence.html New York Times Post Reality Winner, the former Air Force linguist and intelligence contractor who pleaded guilty in June to leaking a top-secret government report on Russian hacking, was sentenced on Thursday to five years and three months in federal prison. Ms. Winner, 26, is the first person to be sentenced under the Espionage Act since President Trump took office. Prosecutors said her sentence was the longest ever imposed in federal court for an unauthorized release of government information to the media. She was arrested in June 2017 and was held for more than a year while prosecutors built a case. She pleaded guilty in June 2018 to one felony count of unauthorized transmission of national defense information, for giving a classified report about Russian interference in the 2016 election to a news outlet. Prosecutors said on Thursday that Ms. Winner's actions merited a stiff sentence. “Winner's purposeful violation put our nation's security at risk,” United States Attorney Bobby L. Christine told reporters after the sentencing in federal court in Augusta, Ga. He said the report she leaked revealed sources and methods of intelligence gathering, and its disclosure “caused exceptionally grave damage to U.S. national security.”   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Critical Hour
Russia Adds Safeguard Proposals on a Part of NATO

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 116:55


Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss Russia. Reports say Russia "is not bluffing by putting forward the security safeguard proposals on a part of NATO and the US and will make every effort to facilitate the West's awareness of it, " according to Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov. Also, President Putin suggested repercussions could be possible, warning that he could take “adequate military-technical measures” if NATO continues its “aggressive” course “on the threshold of our home.”Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, joins us to discuss Ukraine. Ray has an article entitled, "Washington Prepares to Fail in Ukraine," which talks about the US's refusal to acknowledge Russia's vital strategic interest in Ukraine. It also discusses Washington's plans to subject Ukraine and the NATO alliance to "a dangerous and unnecessary test by confronting Russian conventional military power."Dr. Yolandra Hancock, board-certified pediatrician and obesity medicine specialist, joins us to discuss covid. Dr. Hancock points to the frightening number of people around the country aggressively lashing out in response to policies they dislike regarding Covid. She also discusses The Federal Aviation Administration's 1,000 + investigations into unruly passenger incidents this year, more than five times as many as in all of 2020. Patricio Zamorano, political analyst and Director of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, COHA.org, joins us to discuss Chile. Marco Teruggi penned an article for the Orinco Tribune, talking about the expected results of the new progressive government saying that the expectation of Chileans is "that not only things will change in their country, but also the integration with their neighbors and the continent."Obi Egbuna, activist and US Rep for The Zimbabwean Newspapers, joins us to discuss Ethiopia. Since the federal government forces of Ethiopia cornered the TPLF back into Tigray state, the US-backed TPLF has asked for peace negotiations. In return, the Ethiopian government has called for the abolishment of the TPLF as well as the surrender of its leadership. Miko Peled, author and activist, joins us to discuss the Middle East. This past Sunday, Israel's government approved a $317m plan to double the Jewish settler population in the occupied Golan Heights of Syria.Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss the military. He discusses an article in Responsible Statecraft that exposes the gap between the US military's reputation and its actual performance in the post 9/11 wars.John Kiriakou, journalist, author, and host of The Back Story, joins us to discuss his article titled, "Those Nasty Russians." In it, Kiriakou discusses the recent New York Times article that claims Moscow is preparing its public for a potential war in Russia. Kiriakou shows why these claims are preposterous, refuting the Times' claims that Russia had already “massed troops on the border with Ukraine,” a lie that has been perpetuated in the mainstream media all across the United States.

The Pat Thurston Show Podcast
December 27, 2021: Pat Thurston Show: John Kiriakou talks the case of Reality Winner

The Pat Thurston Show Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 34:27


John Chris Kiriakou is an American author, journalist and former intelligence officer. Kiriakou is a columnist with Reader Supported News and co-host of Loud and Clear on Sputnik Radio. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/23/us/reality-winner-nsa-sentence.html New York Times Post Reality Winner, the former Air Force linguist and intelligence contractor who pleaded guilty in June to leaking a top-secret government report on Russian hacking, was sentenced on Thursday to five years and three months in federal prison. Ms. Winner, 26, is the first person to be sentenced under the Espionage Act since President Trump took office. Prosecutors said her sentence was the longest ever imposed in federal court for an unauthorized release of government information to the media. She was arrested in June 2017 and was held for more than a year while prosecutors built a case. She pleaded guilty in June 2018 to one felony count of unauthorized transmission of national defense information, for giving a classified report about Russian interference in the 2016 election to a news outlet. Prosecutors said on Thursday that Ms. Winner's actions merited a stiff sentence. “Winner's purposeful violation put our nation's security at risk,” United States Attorney Bobby L. Christine told reporters after the sentencing in federal court in Augusta, Ga. He said the report she leaked revealed sources and methods of intelligence gathering, and its disclosure “caused exceptionally grave damage to U.S. national security.”   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Libertarian Institute - All Podcasts
12/22/21 Gareth Porter on Iran and Afghanistan

The Libertarian Institute - All Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2021 30:49


Scott celebrates eleven years on the radio by interviewing Gareth Porter about Biden's first year in office. They discuss the negotiations between the Administration and Iran over a return to the JCPOA. Despite many crossovers with the team that reached an agreement with Iran back in the Obama years, Biden's people appear set on squeezing more concessions out of the Iranians. But Porter points out that, as he had predicted, the U.S. reluctance to return to the deal led to hardliner victories in Iran's last elections. But even with a more anti-American regime, Porter sees no evidence they'd actually produce a nuclear bomb. Scott and Porter also talk about Afghanistan and the humanitarian crisis the so-called champions of Afghan freedom seem completely uninterested in helping to relieve. Discussed on the show: “When the Ayatollah Said No to Nukes” (Foreign Policy) “The Civilian Casualty Files” (New York Times)  Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist on the national security state. He is the author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare and, with John Kiriakou, The CIA Insider's Guide to the Iran Crisis. Follow him on Twitter @GarethPorter and listen to Gareth's previous appearances on the Scott Horton Show. This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: The War State and Why The Vietnam War?, by Mike Swanson; Tom Woods' Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; EasyShip; Free Range Feeder; Thc Hemp Spot; Green Mill Supercritical; Bug-A-Salt; Lorenzotti Coffee and Listen and Think Audio.

Scott Horton Show - Just the Interviews
12/22/21 Gareth Porter on Iran and Afghanistan

Scott Horton Show - Just the Interviews

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2021 30:49


Scott celebrates eleven years on the radio by interviewing Gareth Porter about Biden's first year in office. They discuss the negotiations between the Administration and Iran over a return to the JCPOA. Despite many crossovers with the team that reached an agreement with Iran back in the Obama years, Biden's people appear set on squeezing more concessions out of the Iranians. But Porter points out that, as he had predicted, the U.S. reluctance to return to the deal led to hardliner victories in Iran's last elections. But even with a more anti-American regime, Porter sees no evidence they'd actually produce a nuclear bomb. Scott and Porter also talk about Afghanistan and the humanitarian crisis the so-called champions of Afghan freedom seem completely uninterested in helping to relieve. Discussed on the show: “When the Ayatollah Said No to Nukes” (Foreign Policy) “The Civilian Casualty Files” (New York Times)  Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist on the national security state. He is the author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare and, with John Kiriakou, The CIA Insider's Guide to the Iran Crisis. Follow him on Twitter @GarethPorter and listen to Gareth's previous appearances on the Scott Horton Show. This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: The War State and Why The Vietnam War?, by Mike Swanson; Tom Woods' Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; EasyShip; Free Range Feeder; Thc Hemp Spot; Green Mill Supercritical; Bug-A-Salt; Lorenzotti Coffee and Listen and Think Audio.

The Opperman Report
Pt1 John Kiriakou :Reluctant Spy/ Pt2 Michael Bowe -Marines Turn Blind Eye to Child Sex Abuse

The Opperman Report

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2021 126:16


Part 1 John Kiriakou :Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA's War on Terror John Kiriakou is a former CIA officer, former senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and former counterterrorism consultant for ABC News. In 2002, Kiriakou became the chief of counterterrorism operations in Pakistan, where he led a CIA team in the March 2002 raid and capture of Abu Zubaydah, then thought to be al-Qaeda's third-ranking official. Following Abu Zubaydah's capture, Kiriakou became Executive Assistant to the CIA's Deputy Director for Operations, where he served as the Director of Central Intelligence's principal Iraq briefer. Kiriakou left the CIA in March 2004. He later served as a senior investigator on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and as senior intelligence advisor to Committee Chairman Senator John Kerry. Kiriakou also authored a bestselling book, "The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA's War on Terror," and worked as an intelligence consultant for ABC News. Throughout his career, Kiriakou received 12 CIA Exceptional Performance Awards, the CIA's Sustained Superior Performance Award, the Counterterrorism Service Medal, and the State Department's Meritorious Honor Award. In 2007, Kiriakou appeared on ABC News, during which he became the first CIA officer to confirm that the CIA waterboarded detainees, and he labeled waterboarding as “torture.” Kiriakou's interview revealed that this practice was official U.S. policy approved at the highest levels of the government. The government began investigating Kiriakou immediately after his media appearance. Five years later, he was charged with multiple felonies resulting from his whistleblowing. He became the sixth whistleblower indicted by the Obama administration under the Espionage Act - a law designed to punish spies. Eventually, in order to avoid a trial that could have resulted in separation from his wife and five children for up to 45 years, he opted to plead guilty to one count of a reduced charge in exchange for a 30-month sentence. In 2012 Kiriakou was honored with the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage, an award given to individuals who “advance truth and justice despite the personal risk it creates.” Two days prior to sentencing, he was honored by inclusion of his portrait in artist Robert Shetterly's series "Americans Who Tell the Truth," which features notable truth-tellers throughout American history. Kiriakou reported to federal prison in Loretto, Pennsylvania on February 28, 2013 to begin serving his sentence, where he continued to speak out in a series of "Letters from Loretto," including his first, which provided a stunning portrait of prison life. In November 2013, the Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County, California honored Kiriakou as its "Peacemaker of the Year." He was awarded the prestigious PEN First Amendment Award from the PEN Center USA in August 2015. He was released from prison in February 2015. Part 2 Attorney Michael J. Bowe - American Marines Turn Blind Eye to Child Sex Abuse Pro Bono Michael engages in substantial pro bono work for institutions and individuals, including representing victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the family of United States Marine Lance Corporal Gregory Buckley, Jr., and Marine Corp Major Jason Brezler. These high-profile matters of national import have received substantial Congressional, press, and public attention. 6 years ago #-marines, #:reluctant, #abuse, #afghan sex slaves, #blind, #bowe, #child, #ed, #eye, #john, #john kiriakou, #kiriakou, #marines child sex abuse, #michael, #michael bowe, #opperman, #reluctant spy, #sex, #spy/, #turn

The Opperman Report'
Pt1 John Kiriakou :Reluctant Spy/ Pt2 Michael Bowe -Marines Turn Blind Eye to Child Sex Abuse

The Opperman Report'

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2021 126:16


Part 1 John Kiriakou :Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA's War on TerrorJohn Kiriakou is a former CIA officer, former senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and former counterterrorism consultant for ABC News.In 2002, Kiriakou became the chief of counterterrorism operations in Pakistan, where he led a CIA team in the March 2002 raid and capture of Abu Zubaydah, then thought to be al-Qaeda's third-ranking official.Following Abu Zubaydah's capture, Kiriakou became Executive Assistant to the CIA's Deputy Director for Operations, where he served as the Director of Central Intelligence's principal Iraq briefer.Kiriakou left the CIA in March 2004. He later served as a senior investigator on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and as senior intelligence advisor to Committee Chairman Senator John Kerry. Kiriakou also authored a bestselling book, "The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA's War on Terror," and worked as an intelligence consultant for ABC News.Throughout his career, Kiriakou received 12 CIA Exceptional Performance Awards, the CIA's Sustained Superior Performance Award, the Counterterrorism Service Medal, and the State Department's Meritorious Honor Award.In 2007, Kiriakou appeared on ABC News, during which he became the first CIA officer to confirm that the CIA waterboarded detainees, and he labeled waterboarding as “torture.” Kiriakou's interview revealed that this practice was official U.S. policy approved at the highest levels of the government.The government began investigating Kiriakou immediately after his media appearance. Five years later, he was charged with multiple felonies resulting from his whistleblowing. He became the sixth whistleblower indicted by the Obama administration under the Espionage Act - a law designed to punish spies.Eventually, in order to avoid a trial that could have resulted in separation from his wife and five children for up to 45 years, he opted to plead guilty to one count of a reduced charge in exchange for a 30-month sentence.In 2012 Kiriakou was honored with the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage, an award given to individuals who “advance truth and justice despite the personal risk it creates.” Two days prior to sentencing, he was honored by inclusion of his portrait in artist Robert Shetterly's series "Americans Who Tell the Truth," which features notable truth-tellers throughout American history.Kiriakou reported to federal prison in Loretto, Pennsylvania on February 28, 2013 to begin serving his sentence, where he continued to speak out in a series of "Letters from Loretto," including his first, which provided a stunning portrait of prison life. In November 2013, the Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County, California honored Kiriakou as its "Peacemaker of the Year." He was awarded the prestigious PEN First Amendment Award from the PEN Center USA in August 2015.He was released from prison in February 2015.Part 2 Attorney Michael J. Bowe - American Marines Turn Blind Eye to Child Sex AbusePro BonoMichael engages in substantial pro bono work for institutions and individuals, including representing victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the family of United States Marine Lance Corporal Gregory Buckley, Jr., and Marine Corp Major Jason Brezler. These high-profile matters of national import have received substantial Congressional, press, and public attention.6 years ago #-marines, #:reluctant, #abuse, #afghan sex slaves, #blind, #bowe, #child, #ed, #eye, #john, #john kiriakou, #kiriakou, #marines child sex abuse, #michael, #michael bowe, #opperman, #reluctant spy, #sex, #spy/, #turn

Global Research News Hour
Repeat -- Journalism In The Crosshairs The Julian Assange Case

Global Research News Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2021 59:11


(Repeat broadcast originally aired November 5, 2021) This week on the Global Research News Hour we bring a special program focused on the plight of Julian Assange. We look not only on the details of the recent appeal of the Extradition Trial, we probe his history and background, the role of Wikileaks, and the eventual erasure of journalism manifest in attempts to continue the assault on Assange. Our round of guest speakers include John Shipton, the father of Assange, John Kiriakou, Joe Lauria, Binoy Kampmark, and Megan Sherman with appearances by Stella Moris, Assange's fiancee, and John Pilger.

By Any Means Necessary
US Hypocrisy Exposed As It Massacres Civilians Abroad

By Any Means Necessary

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 112:39


In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by David Swanson, activist, journalist, radio host, Executive Director of World Beyond War and author of the new book “Leaving World War II Behind” to discuss the recently revealed “Talon Anvil” unit which is responsible for killing of civilians in Syria beyond what was already allowed by the military, politicians spreading the mythology of drone warfare as a more precise means of warfare to sanitize the image of war, and the US government's hypocrisy in presenting itself as a champion of human rights and democracy while killing civilians, attempting to extradite Julian Assange, and more.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Ari Paul, Contributing Writer to Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting to discuss media coverage of the upcoming presidential election in Chile and its misleading representation of the two candidates as equally dangerous for Chile, Jose Antonio Kast's desire to return to the repression of the government of Augusto Pinochet, and the corporate media's long legacy of slanted coverage of Latin American countries and leaders who dare to stand up to exploitation.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by John Kiriakou, Sputnik News correspondent to discuss the uncovering sex crimes committed by employees of the CIA and the Department of Justice's inaction in charging employees with crimes, the CIA's history of covering up such crimes and stopping accountability for victims, how the coverup is a defensive maneuver from the CIA to prevent other potential crimes from coming out through the judicial process, and the highly sexualized environment of the CIA.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie discuss the trauma that the capitalist system inflicts on all of us and the need for a revolutionary vision and movement to create a new world, the potential of the upcoming film “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and other films, and what might come in the upcoming Black Panther film.

The Critical Hour
Presidents Putin and Xi to Discuss NATO Belligerence; Israel Claims Preparation for Iran War

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 114:39


Professor Nicolai Petro, professor of political science at the University of Rhode Island specializing in Ukraine and Russia, joins us to discuss the meeting between President Xi Jinping and Putin. The Presidents of Russia and China are meeting to discuss their bilateral partnership and mutual security issues regarding NATO and other appendages of the US empire. They will also be discussing other international affairs of significance to both world powers.Steve Poikonen, national organizer for Action4Assange, joins us to discuss Julian Assange. Chris Hedges writes that the US empire is in the process of executing Julian Assange for the crime of exposing it as a criminal enterprise. He describes Joe Bidan and the leaders who have pushed this lawfare against Assange as assassins and executioners.KJ Noh, activist, writer, and teacher, joins us to discuss China. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is again speaking out with aggression towards China. Blinken praised groups of nations that oppose China, such as AUKUS and The Quad, and vowed to make the Asian-Pacific area safe in accordance with US dictates. Dr. Ken Hammond, professor of East Asian and global history at New Mexico State University, joins us to discuss the US prosecuting its Cold War against Russia and China in Africa. The US is now arguing that a Chinese military base in Africa is a threat to the United States because it faces the Atlantic Ocean. In another example of hypocritical bravado, the US is claiming that it has the right to have over 200 bases in the Asian Pacific deliberately intended to threaten China, but China's single African base is worthy of significant alarm.John Kiriakou, journalist, author, and host of The Back Story, joins us to discuss the CIA. Recent astounding revelations that CIA personnel were involved in pedophilia are made worse by the inaction of the intelligence agency. Observers are considering whether the incidences of pedophilia and the related cover-ups are indicative of a twisted and perverted culture that could be related to the Epstein intelligence operation. Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss several military hotspots that the US may be stirring up. There are some indications that President Biden may be backing away from an all-out military confrontation in Ukraine. Also, Israel is again claiming that they are preparing for military aggression against Iran, and General Douglas Macgregor evaluates potential US military engagements in eastern Europe. Dan Lazare, author, investigative journalist, and author of "America's Undeclared War," joins us to discuss the slaughter of ten Afghan civilians by US troops. He also talks about the US's refusal to punish military personnel who are involved in the indiscriminate deaths of civilians.Dr. Colin Campbell, a Washington, DC, news correspondent, joins us to discuss the US economy. President Biden is moving forward with a plan to privatize Medicare. Also, we discuss inflation and whether the actual numbers may be underreported due to issues related to rent and housing.

CovertAction Bulletin
The 9/9/2001 Massoud Assassination

CovertAction Bulletin

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 11, 2021 9:19


In this episode, Aaron and his illustrious CovertAction Magazine colleague, John Kiriakou, discuss the assassination of Ahmad Shah Massoud.  They are joined by two luminaries:  Peter Dale Scott and Pepe Escobar.  Peter is a retired UC Berkeley English professor, a renowned poet, and the legendary scholar who basically invented the study of parapolitics and deep politics. His books of poetry and prose include 'Coming to Jakarta', 'Deep Politics and the Death of JFK', 'The Road to 9/11', and 'The American Deep State'. Pepe Escobar is Editor at Large for Asia Times. For the last two decades, Escobar has been THE guy writing about the New Silk Road in China and Central Asia. He was also one of the last journalists to speak to Massoud before his death. Listeners may wish to read the articles referred to in this episode: "Was the Now-Forgotten Murder of One Man on September 9, 2001 a Crucial Pre-condition for 9/11?" by Peter Dale Scott and Aaron Good: https://covertactionmagazine.com/2020/12/09/was-the-now-forgotten-murder-of-one-man-on-september-9-2001-a-crucial-pre-condition-for-9-11/ "9/9 and 9/11, 20 Years Later" by Pepe Escobar:  https://asiatimes.com/2021/09/9-9-and-9-11-20-years-later/. For full episodes go to https://www.patreon.com/CovertActionBulletin. CovertAction Bulletin is the official podcast of CovertAction Magazine.

American Exception
Episode 2: The 9/9/2001 Massoud Assassination

American Exception

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 79:08


This episode has now been remastered for American Exception! Peter Dale Scott, Pepe Escobar, John Kiriakou, and Aaron Good discuss the September 9, 2001 Ahmad Shah Massoud assassination, an event that paved the way for the long-planned US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.  Other topics covered include the US deployment of jihadis in the Central Asian "Great Game" as well as the significance of Xinjiang and China's New Silk Road. Here are the articles that were discussed in this episode: "Was the Now-Forgotten Murder of One Man on September 9, 2001 a Crucial Pre-condition for 9/11?"  by Peter Dale Scott and Aaron Good "9/9 and 9/11, 20 years later"  by Pepe Escobar   Music by Mock Orange

Abe Lincoln's Top Hat
Episode 572: Blowing the Whistle w/ John Kiriakou

Abe Lincoln's Top Hat

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 92:49


In this week's follow-up Top Hat, Ben, Fernando, and Travis sit down with former CIA Intelligence Officer and Whistle Blower, John Kiriakou to discuss the fascinating and heartbreaking story that lead him to become the first US Official to blow the whistle on the Bush administration's Torture Program, the backlash of the scandal, and how his own CIA training helped him survive his time in Prison.Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0