Scott interviews John Kiriakou about the history of the CIA’s secret torture program. Kiriakou was involved in the 2002 capture of Abu Zubaydah, who was initially interrogated with some success by the FBI, before his interrogation was eventually taken over by the CIA. Zubaydah was the first victim of the CIA’s torture regime, which, Kiriakou says, completely failed to produce any actionable intelligence. Kiriakou eventually blew the whistle on the program and served time in prison as part of a plea deal.
Discussed on the show:
- “JOHN KIRIAKOU: Those Torture Drawings in the NYT” (Consortium News)
- “Secret world of US jails” (The Guardian)
- “The CIA Insider’s Guide to the Iran Crisis” (Skyhorse Publishing)
- Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare
- Murder at Camp Delta: A Staff Sergeant’s Pursuit of the Truth About Guantanamo Bay
- “The Report (2019)” (IMDb)
- “Marty Gottesfeld: Another Whistleblower in Solitary Confinement” (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.
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