I Went to Prison After Exposing US Torture. Why Weren’t the Perpetrators Charged?

While reading through the book of Acts I always stopped to wonder at the boldness of the witnesses in light of persecution.  Paying attention to the background I realized I was peeking into the origins of much of our government today.  The Roman system was advanced for its day, but like ours still very primitive.  Two accounts from many, point that out: Acts 18:12-17 and the other, Acts 22:21-30.  Two thousand years and we have not advanced an inch.  I guess we have the most perfect system mankind can make. 

    • After I blew the whistle on the CIA’s torture program in 2007, the fallout for me was brutal. To make a long story short, I served nearly two years in federal prison and then endured a few more months of house arrest.

      What happened to the torture program? Nothing.

    • I thought they’d work together to ensure that our collective name would never again be sullied by torture — that we’d respect our own laws and the international laws and treaties to which we’re signatories.
    • In retrospect, I was naïve, even after having served in the CIA for nearly 15 years and as a Senate committee staffer for several more.
    • Take the case of Ammar al-Baluchi, who was arrested in Pakistan and sent to a secret CIA prison, where interrogators held his head under water, beat him repeatedly with a truncheon, and slammed his head against the wall, causing lasting head trauma.

      This abuse wasn’t authorized by the Justice Department. So why weren’t the perpetrators charged with a crime?

      Perhaps worst of all, CIA officers tortured as many as 26 people who were probably innocent of any ties to terrorism.

    • The architects of the program haven’t been held accountable. Nor have those who clearly violated the law by torturing prisoners without any legal justifications. Why should the government have locked me up for telling the truth and given them full impunity?
    • there’s a clear precedent in how the government has confronted similar actions in the past.
    • Some current and former CIA leaders will argue that torture netted actionable intelligence that saved American lives. I was working in the CIA’s counterterrorism center at the same time they were, and I can tell you that they’re lying
    • the report found that “the harsh interrogation methods did not succeed in exacting useful intelligence.”
    • Whether or not it ever gleans useful intelligence, however, is beside the point. The question isn’t whether torture works. Torture is immoral.

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