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A terrible crime was committed
The wrong person went to prison
Amazingly, the man who publicly exposed the Bush administration’s illegal and secret torture regime was sent to prison on Tuesday for two and a half years. What an outrage!
Yes, Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld walk free – and in fact are raking in millions from book deals and speaking fees – but the CIA agent who courageously blew the whistle on the torturers is off to jail.
John Kiriakou, the father of five children, was facing decades in prison after he went public with the CIA’s use of waterboarding of detainees. That’s how the world learned the truth. But telling the truth has apparently become a crime since Bush stole the election in 2001.
Kiriakou was originally charged under the Espionage Act of 1917 and finally accepted a plea agreement that required him to admit to one count of disclosing information that led to the revelation of the identity of the CIA agent who oversaw the torture operations.
“Let’s be clear, there is one reason and one reason only, that John Kiriakou, is taking this plea: for the certainty that he’ll be out of jail in 2 ½ years to see his five children grow up,” wrote Jesselyn Raddack, a former Justice Department who was a whistleblower herself during the Bush administration.
We must keep fighting for justice
Millions of Americans like you are outraged that the criminals in the Bush administration have not been indicted and prosecuted for torture, secretly spying on the American people and for launching a war of aggression that took the lives of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers who either died or suffered life-changing injuries in Iraq.
This is a long struggle but we will not rest. It is an international effort too as Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld face legal challenges throughout the world. The Chilean criminal General Pinochet was eventually arrested and indicted after human rights campaigners continued to raise the issue for many years.
On Jan. 21, 2013, the next President will take the oath of office at the inauguration in Washington, D.C.
Whoever wins the Nov. 6 presidential election, we will be lining the parade route with signs, banners, and leaflets demanding that Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and others be indicted and prosecuted for the terrible crimes of torture, spying and waging a war of aggression. We hope you will join us on Jan. 21 and make it clear to world that the crimes committed in our names by the Bush administration were done so without our consent.
All of us at Indict Bush Now!