Move Over Judge Bybee: John Kiriakou Is Now On Stage
Following Brian Stelter's story on how ABC's interview of John Kiriakou end of '07 was a Tipping Point in the Torture Debate,
Bob Fertik over at Democrats.com moves the story forward, calling Kiriakou a deliberate propaganist for the Bush Administration.
Was John Kiriakou an Illegal CIA Propagandist?
John Kiriakou was a CIA operative who helped capture Abu Zubaydah in 2002 but did not interrogate him. Nevertheless he suddenly appeared on ABC on 12/10/07 to "testify" that Waterboarding Saved America when it "broke Zubaydah in less than 35 seconds."
"From that day on, he answered every question," Kiriakou said. "The threat information he provided disrupted a number of attacks, maybe dozens of attacks."
What a beautiful story for Dick Cheney and The Torturers to tell - except none of it was true. Still, as Glenn Greenwald details, it defined the Corporate Media narrative about Torture ("wrong but absolutely essential") until the Torture Memos were finally released on 4/16/09.
How did Kiriakou manage to get the story completely wrong? Kiriakou says he relied on "accounts from the field." Spencer Ackerman swallows the bait hook line and sinker:
It’s possible that a) accounts of Abu Zubaydah’s waterboarding are contradictory or b) accounts are incomplete or c) accounts are incorrect.
Ackerman misses (d): Kiriakou was sent to ABC by the CIA to tell a Great Big Lie.
Why? Because three days earlier, a scandal erupted over the CIA's destruction of the Waterboarding Tapes. Critics immediately suspected the worst.
Did the Busheviks ever plant propaganda in the Corporate Media? Yes - 24x7x365x8. (Actually it started the moment Karl Rove launched George Bush's campaign in 1998, and will continue until the Bush-Rove Library and its website are swallowed by a Black Hole.) The White House Iraq Group (WHIG) was nothing but a propaganda operation which manufactured the Biggest Lies in history.
But why would ABC broadcast Bushevik lies? Please. The Path to 9/11. Saddam-Anthrax. Iranian nukes. Capital gains. Next to FOX, ABC is the most corrupt rightwing Corporate Media outlet.
But isn't it specifically illegal for the CIA to engage in Domestic Propaganda? Of course it's illegal - until you ask the same lawyers who declared Torture legal, not to mention the criminal invasion of Iraq.
So which journalist will be the first to break the story that Kiriakou's propaganda campaign was yet another Bushevik crime?
Update 1: As Robert Parry revealed last June, the CIA was caught manufacturing Domestic Propaganda by Congress in its Iran-Contra report, but that chapter was "lost"
because Republicans on the congressional Iran-Contra investigation waged a rear-guard fight that traded elimination of the chapter’s key findings for the votes of three moderate GOP senators, giving the final report a patina of bipartisanship.
Thus proving once again Grover Norquist's famous maxim that Republican-dictated "bipartisanship is date rape." And also proving why we need a Special Prosecutor, not a Truth Commission.