Obama Asked To Commute Kiriakou by huffpostpol

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									Date: January 23, 2013

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC

Dear President Obama:

We the undersigned are writing to you to ask that you commute the prison sentence of former
CIA officer John Kiriakou. Mr. Kiriakou recently pleaded guilty to one count of violating the
Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1981. He admitted to giving the name of a former
colleague to an author who was writing a book and looking for former CIA officers to interview.
The reporter then passed the name, unbeknownst to Mr. Kiriakou, to the American Civil
Liberties Union.

We believe that commutation is appropriate in this case for a number of reasons:

First, Mr. Kiriakou is a highly decorated, 14-year CIA counterterrorism veteran who has spent
his entire adult life in public service, including two years as a senior aide to Senator John Kerry.
He was the leader of the team that captured al-Qaeda terrorist Abu Zubaydah in Faisalabad,
Pakistan in 2002 and was twice the victim of assassination attempts overseas by terrorist
groups. He is the recipient of 12 CIA Exceptional Performance Awards, the Sustained Superior
Performance Award, the Meritorious Honor Award with Medal, and the Counterterrorism
Service Medal.

Second, Mr. Kiriakou is an anti-torture whistleblower who spoke out against torture because
he believed it violated his oath to the Constitution. He never tortured anyone, yet he is the
only individual to be prosecuted in relation to the torture program of the past decade. The
interrogators who tortured prisoners, the officials who gave the orders, the attorneys who
authored the torture memos, and the CIA officers who destroyed the interrogation tapes have not
been held professionally accountable, much less charged with crimes. Please, Mr. President, do
not allow your legacy to be one where only the whistleblower goes to prison.

Third, there is precedent for leniency. In 2007, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby was granted a
commutation after being found guilty of four felony counts--obstruction of justice, making a
false statement, and two counts of perjury--related to the Valerie Plame affair. Mr. Libby did
not spend one day in prison. Similarly, President Clinton pardoned Samuel L. Morison, the only
person ever convicted of espionage for leaking classified information to the press, in 2001.

We urge you to take action in this matter, Mr. President. Please do not let this injustice stand.
Commute John Kiriakou’s sentence.


His Eminence Savas, Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of the Metropolis of Pittsburgh

Rev. Fr. Alex Karloutsos, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Bishop John McCarthy, Roman Catholic Bishop of Austin, Texas (retired)

Hon. Carol Moseley Braun, former United States Senator, Illinois

Pete Seeger, Folksinger and Activist

Daniel Ellsberg, Author and Activist

Oliver Stone, Director, Producer, and Writer

Bruce Riedel, Former CIA officer, NSC official, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense

Dr. Morton H. Halperin, Former Senior Official, Departments of State and Defense and NSC

Col. Morris Davis, Chief Prosecutor, Guantanamo Military Commissions (retired)

Dr. Daniel Byman, Georgetown University and Central Intelligence Agency (retired)

Fulton Armstrong, Central Intelligence Agency (retired)

Raymond McGovern, Central Intelligence Agency (retired)

Gene Coyle, Central Intelligence Agency (retired)

Jan W. Coyle, Central Intelligence Agency (retired)

Barry Eisler, Central Intelligence Agency (retired)

Regina Ventre, Central Intelligence Agency (retired)

Jeanette Wheeler, Central Intelligence Agency (retired)

Heather Ward, Central Intelligence Agency (retired)

Tresa Roth Pettijohn, Central Intelligence Agency (retired)

Marshall Vone Trotter Bowley, Central Intelligence Agency (retired)

Wylma Robinson, Central Intelligence Agency, (retired)

William Jones, Central Intelligence Agency (retired)

Brian M., Central Intelligence Agency (retired)

James F., Central Intelligence Agency (retired)

A. N. C., Central Intelligence Agency (retired)

Donald F. Borelli, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (retired)

Walter Clements, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (retired)

Thomas Drake, National Security Agency (retired)

Hon. Thomas Fitzpatrick, Judge of the Civil Court of the City of New York

Hon. Walid Maalouf, Former U.S. Public Delegate to the United Nations

Dr. Charles Murphy, Helms School of Government, Liberty University

Dr. Joel Cox, Helms School of Government, Liberty University

Dr. Stephen Bowers, Helms School of Government, Liberty University

Dr. Steven Sampson, Helms School of Government, Liberty University

Dr. Thomas J. Metallo, Helms School of Government, Liberty University

Dr. Michael Epitropoulos, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Jeremy Kareken, New York University

Bea Edwards, Executive Director, Government Accountability Project

Medea Benjamin, Founder, Global Exchange

Robert Shetterly, Founder, Americans Who Tell the Truth

Steven McFarland, Chief Executive Officer, Better Business Bureau

Joan Claybrook, President Emeritus, Public Citizen

Mihail Ignatiou, Author and Journalist


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