July 3rd, 2013
Advice from one whistleblower to another
John Kiriakou worked for both the CIA and FBI. During the president of George W. Bush, he was the first CIA officer to admit that torture was official U.S. policy. He was convicted and sentenced to a 30-month prison sentence for providing the name of an officer involved in the CIA’s rendition program. He sent an open letter to Edward Snowden from his Pennsylvania prison. It was published by Kevin Gosztola July 2 at Firedoglake.com.
One of the lessons for bullied targets is that trusting and staying within the system does not work for brave individuals who describe corrupt people or corrupt practices to the same masters responsible for inventing those practices and rewarding those people.
Here’s his advice which features the admonition to never cooperate with the FBI (or by extension, federal authorities) because they lie, trick and deceive to get their way.
“Letter From Loretto”
An Open Letter to Edward Snowden
Thank you for your revelations of government wrong-doing over the past week. You have done the country a great public service. I know that it feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders right now, but as Americans begin to realize that we are devolving into a police state, with the loss of civil liberties that entails, they will see your actions for what they are: heroic. Remember the immortal words of Abraham Lincoln: “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” That is what’s happening to our country now. Your whistleblowing will help to save us.
I wanted to offer you the benefit of my own whistleblowing experience and aftermath so that you don’t make the same mistakes that I made.
First, find the best national security attorneys money can buy. I was blessed to be represented by legal titans and, although I was forced to take a plea in the end, the shortness of my sentence is a testament to their expertise.
Second, establish a website so that your supporters can follow your case, get your side of the story, and most importantly, make donations to support your defense.
Third, you’re going to need the support of prominent Americans and groups who can explain to the public why what you did is so important. Although most members of Congress are mindless lemmings following our national security leadership over a cliff, there are several clear thinkers on The Hill who could be important sources of support. Cultivate them. Reach out to the American Civil Liberties Union, the Government Accountability Project and others like them who value our individual freedoms and who can advise you.
Finally, and this is the most important advice that I can offer, DO NOT, under any circumstances, cooperate with the FBI. FBI agents will lie, trick, and deceive you. They will twist your words and play on your patriotism to entrap you. They will pretend to be people they are not – supporters, well-wishers, and friends – all the while wearing wires to record your out-of-context statements to use against you. The FBI is the enemy; it’s a part of the problem, not the solution.
I wish you the very best of luck. I hope you can get to Iceland quickly and safely. There you will find a people and a government who care about the freedoms that we hold dear and for which our forefathers and veterans fought and died.
John loves receiving your letters and responds to each one he gets. You may write to him at:
John Kiriakou, 79637-083
PO Box 1000
Loretto, PA 15940
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