About John Kiriakou

John Kiriakou is a former CIA officer who spent two years in a federal prison for blowing the whistle on the agency’s use of torture. He wrote OtherWords columns for a year, starting in May 2015. He writes and speaks about national security, whistleblowing, the prison-industrial complex, and foreign policy.

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Articles by John Kiriakou

Browsing at a Gun Show

Buy Today, Kill Tomorrow

December 2, 2015 | Suspected terrorists can buy guns legally in the United States — and that's how the NRA wants it.


Paying for Patriotism

November 11, 2015 | The Pentagon shells out millions for sports leagues to "support the troops" with cheap stunts.

Ahmed and Dangerous, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

A Racist Wake-Up Call

September 23, 2015 | After Ahmed Mohamed’s ordeal, there’s no denying that Americans still harbor misguided feelings about Muslims.

My Brush with Elon Musk

September 9, 2015 | When I accidentally asked the Thomas Edison of our time what he did for a living, he lit up like a Christmas tree.

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