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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Please help support whistleblower John Kiriakou

Readers, you know, there but for fortune go you or I. People like you may be considered passively encouraging domestic terrorism just because you read this blog.  Goodness only knows what the NSA and Dept. of Homeland Security think of my activities.  Who knows how things will play out in the future when things get really sticky.  Our right of free speech is severely threatened when our government does all it can to put honest whistleblowers in jail.  John Kiriakou is a courageous man.  He deserves all of our support.  Please help him if you can.  Thanks,  Tenney

Dear Tenney,

FDL supporters did it again. Our activists stepped up and raised $1,500 this month so we can help John Kiriakou's family make their mortgage payment and stay in their home.

Help us get a head start on next month: Please consider contributing $20 to the fund today?

Your willingness to keep chipping in month after month is unbelievable and you should know that this simple but generous act has meant the world to John. For more updates on our campaign for fair treatment for John Kiriakou see my email below from earlier this month:

Brian Sonenstein
Campaign Director,

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Brian Sonenstein,
Date: August 8, 2014
Subject: John Kiriakou is not a danger

Dear Tenney,

John Kiriakou sent us a new letter detailing how his official designation as "dangerous" put him in prison instead of the minimum-security camp he was promised, making life very difficult for him and his family.

Our months-long battle to get John moved out of prison will continue, but we can do good for the family right now by helping them make their monthly mortgage payments and stay in their home while he's away.

Thanks to the generosity of the Firedoglake community, we've been able to contribute to the Kiriakou's mortgage payment for three months now. We aim to continue this effort until John is out of prison and back home.

John is very moved by your support. In his most recent letter, he wrote, "thank you from the bottom of my heart to Medea Benjamin, Jane Hamsher and the members and supporters of Code Pink and Firedoglake. Your selflessness and generosity have literally saved our home. Heather, the children and I are eternally grateful for your kindness. I won’t forget this. And I can’t wait to get home and begin to pay it forward."

In his letter, John also explains how BOP bureaucrats claimed (falsely) that he was involved in 'espionage' for his efforts to expose torture to the American public. He was sent to the prison instead of the minimum security camp even though the judge and prosecutor recommended otherwise, and now faces an uphill appeals process.

This has placed an extreme burden on John and his entire family, especially his young kids. By donating what you can, we can help them stay in their house and maintain some semblance of a normal life. (Not to mention, you'll also be sticking it to those in government who sought to ruin him for speaking truth to power, and showing them that the public can and will stand up for whistleblowers).

You can also make a recurring monthly gift to help ensure they make their payments every month.
Thank you once again for all you continue to do for John Kiriakou and his family.

In Solidarity,

Brian Sonenstein
Campaign Director,

1. CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Was Marked Dangerous After BOP Categorized His Crime as ‘Espionage-Related’, Kevin Gosztola, The Dissenter, 8/7/2014.

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