The Bill of Rights Defense Committee and Defending Dissent Foundation has honored John Kiriakou with the January 2016 Patriot Award. The Committee acknowledged Kiriakou for his three statements that would change both our national discourse and his life forever:
- The CIA tortured prisoners
- Torture was the official policy of the United States
- President George W. Bush approved and signed off on the use of torture
John Kiriakou has shared his experience of being incarcerated, and as a result, now prison reform is one of his main focal points for bringing awareness to influence justice. As a whistleblower, his experience is unique and he lives the hypocrisy of the government’s use of retaliation rather than learning of wrongdoing through exposure to effect change.
Kiriakou wants America to “return to a September 10th America.”
Thanks to Kiriakou’s courageous decision to tell the truth about the U.S.’s use of torture, as well as his work on intelligence and prison reform, he has helped to build exactly the kind of movements that are necessary to make intelligence and law enforcement agencies respect civil liberties. For this he receives January 2016 Patriot Award.