Torture: Obama Represents Nixon-Style “Change and Hope”

John C. Kiriakou, the former CIA agent who blew the whistle on the agency’s waterboarding, was just sentenced to 30 months in prison. The Obama administration absolved the torturers and the higher-ups who destroyed the videotapes and other evidence of torture – and dropped the hammer on the agent who acted honorably. The judge, Leonie M. Brinkema, pissed and moaned about Kiriakou’s plea agreement with prosecutors: “I think 30 months is way too light.”

After Kiriakou indicated that he did not wish to make a statement prior to sentencing, Judge Brinkema declared: “Perhaps you have already spoken too much.”

Maybe this judge feels like she is honor-bound to assist in any government coverup.

Obama represents Nixon-style “change and hope.” What an utter disgrace for all those progressives who promised that this guy would redeem any shred of national honor.

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  • The Obama administration absolved the torturers and the higher-ups who destroyed the videotapes and other evidence of torture – and dropped the hammer on the agent who acted honorably.

  • nomange

    To Brinkema it didn't matter that the CIA practices were illegal or that the CIA interrogators whose names were disclosed were guilty of committing crimes during their interrogation of suspects. To her it was more important that the program and the CIA agents' identities were classified. That is an invitation to the CIA to commit more crimes, and confirmation that this judge has no business sitting on the bench.

  • Smithboy

    A true American tragedy.

  • jtt

    we are acting like a third world country, and the "state secrets privilege act" which is in place make damn sure we keep our mouth shut. we are doomed!!!!!!!

  • Just did a google image search on her honor (to see where she might rank on the madelaine allbright 0 to .1 scale). Surprise, no fotos. Now I understand why the don't allow court photographers. Only sketch artists (cartoonists) can make these toads look human.

  • William Fuller

    Jeff had the right idea, but others need to begin serious research into her background, Hard to get into someone's head, but maybe enough info can shed some light on her moral obtuseness and bitterness toward courageous American patriots.

    Is this is or is this ain't a comment?

  • jsinton

    He probably could have beat the whistle blowing charge, as it was clearly a violation of US and international law. What he couldn't beat was revealing names of other agents, nor lying in an effort to publish his book. He plead guilty. Antiwar always forgets the important details.

    • nomange

      That the name or names was or were revealed was allegedly inadvertent, but the larger question is should anyone who commits a crime- and the interrogators are ones who did- be allowed to remain anonymous? Sorry, but you don't paper it over to protect an illegal policy. As for "lying in an effort to publish his book", show me the proof, and/or convince me that the disclosures should have been suppressed.

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