Torture: Obama Embodies Nixon-Style “Change and Hope”

John C. Kiriakou, the former CIA agent who blew the whistle on the agency’s waterboarding, was just sentenced to 30 months in prison. The Obama administration absolved the torturers and the higher-ups who destroyed the videotapes and other evidence of torture – and dropped the hammer on the agent who acted honorably. The judge, Leonie M. Brinkema, pissed and moaned about Kiriakou’s plea agreement with prosecutors: “I think 30 months is way too light.”

After Kiriakou indicated that he did not wish to make a statement prior to sentencing, Judge Brinkema declared: “Perhaps you have already spoken too much.”

Maybe this judge feels like she is honor-bound to assist in any government coverup.

Obama represents Nixon-style “change and hope.” What an utter disgrace for all those progressives who promised that this guy would redeem any shred of national honor.


9 Responses to Torture: Obama Embodies Nixon-Style “Change and Hope”

  1. Ken Kraska January 25, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

    You made the right choice Jim. An autobiography needs to have a personalized sort of cover.

  2. Jim January 25, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    Thanks, Ken. The crosshairs were tempting but there is more to the story than throwing rocks at the FBI & AmeriCorps.

  3. Veritas January 25, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    The sentence was way too light.

  4. Tom Blanton January 25, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

    I hope the progressives wake up sometime before the re-education camps open and figure out that government and smiling politicians will not help them realize their fantasies.

  5. Jim January 25, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    But if they are permitted to think that they are the Upper Crust of the re-education camps, they might go willingly.

  6. Dirk Sabin January 26, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    This “liberal” President seems to have accumulated the largest number of prosecutions of whistle blowing in the history of the presidency. The Chairman wants only happy thoughts. Perhaps he’ll start swimming in the Potomac and extolling a thousand flowers blooming.

    This President has clearly demonstrated that the partisanship of the GOP and Democrat parties are simply Show Trials to distract the citizenry from an authoritarian hijack.

  7. Jim January 26, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    On the bright side, at least Joe Biden will be there to keep an eye on things and make sure that Obama does not become too heavy-handed.

  8. Tom Blanton January 27, 2013 at 12:06 am #

    Bruce Fein and Ralph Nadar make some good points in this letter:

    I think many more people have signed off on this letter since this was posted.

    Just think, the whistleblower goes to jail while the torturers face no consequences.


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