The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA’s War on Terror, published in 2009, was John Kiriakou’s first book, co-authored with Michael Ruby. John has two more books scheduled for publication this spring, Letters from Loretto: A Prison Journal and Doing Time Like a Spy: How the CIA Taught Me to Survive and Thrive in Prison.
The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA’s War on Terror
The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA’s War on Terror details his years with the CIA and the beginning of his legal problems when John told ABC News in an interview in December 2007 that the CIA was torturing prisoners, that that torture was official U.S. government policy, and that the policy was approved by the President. John was driven to ruin by the Justice Department because of these revelations.
The national debate on waterboarding and other forms of torture got a second wind early in Obama’s presidency, and John clearly feels proud to have played a small part in that debate. In a larger sense, this is not an American conversation that has ended. If we have learned anything since 9/11, we have learned anew that a tension exists between protecting our national security and ensuring the human rights guaranteed according to the will of our Founding Fathers when they authored the U.S. Constitution.
Our challenge, in a world of unprecedented threats, is to strike a balance between the polarities—to find that place where the national security and human rights can live reasonably, if not comfortably, side by side. It won’t be easy. But then, it never was.
The Reluctant Spy is a fascinating book, which will give you chills when you realize that what John Kiriakou experienced at the hands of the Justice Department could happen to anyone. The book rose to #5 on the Washington Post political bestsellers list in March 2010.
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