FD Editor’s Note: I will provide an address of this man, should any of you want to write and express your thanks to him for making this public. This is a big break for us. They can no longer deny the torture, or the secret black sites. This is already making a difference in the trials of the men being accused now. Remember that not only was Abu Zubaydah waterboarded85 times, he was also tortured in other ways. One of those was placing him inside a coffin-like box called a “deprivation box.” Knowing that he had a terrible phobia of insects they placed a large one inside the box with him. He was told that the insect was poisonous, and that it would bite or sting him. They did all this to him, knowing that he had mental health issues. In fact they knew very well that he had at the least a “cognitive impairment” from an old head injury.
by Abby Zimet
Former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou was sentenced to 30 months in prison for revealing in 2007 interviews that that Abu Zubaydah and other terrorism suspects were being waterboarded, making him the first CIA insider to confirm reports of torture during interrogation. He later spoke out forcefully against what he had witnessed: “There are things we should not do…One of them, I now firmly believe, is torture.” Kiriakou, who did not take part in any torture, thus becomes the only former U.S. official to go to jail for torture. From an interview:
“I don’t think I am overstating this when I say I feel like we’re entering a second McCarthy era where the Justice Department uses the law as a fist or as a hammer not just to try and convict people but to ruin them personally and professionally because they don’t like where they stand on different issues….I am proud that I stood up to our government. I stood up for what I believed was right, conviction or no conviction. I mean they can convict anybody of anything if they put their minds to it, but I wear this as a badge of honor. I am not a criminal. I am a whistleblower. The thing that I blew the whistle on is now the law of the land.”