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« on: February 12, 2014, 18:35:58 PM »
In Letter, Imprisoned CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Says Nothing is ‘Corrected’ at Loretto Prison

By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday February 12, 2014 10:22 am



Former CIA officer John Kiriakou, who is serving a thirty-month jail sentence in the federal correctional institution in Loretto, Pennsylvania, has written another letter. In this one, he writes, “The term ‘Federal Correctional Institution’ implies that the government is in some way ‘correcting’ the behavior of prisoners here. In truth, that’s just a bad joke. Nothing is ‘corrected’ at Loretto.”


Since August of last year, Firedoglake has been publishing “Letters from Loretto,” by Kiriakou, an imprisoned whistleblower who was the first member of the CIA to publicly acknowledge that torture was official US policy under the George W. Bush administration. He was convicted in October 2012 after he pled guilty to violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA) when he provided the name of an officer involved in the CIA’s Rendition, Detention and Interrogation (RDI) program to a reporter. He was sentenced in January 2013 of this year and reported to prison on February 28, 2013.


Firedoglake has been publishing Kiriakou’s “Letters from Loretto” since the summer of last year. In fact, the Bureau of Prisons considers copies of Kiriakou’s letters to be a danger to the Loretto prison: a threat to the “security, good order or discipline of the institution” or “to the protection of the public” or a document that “might facilitate criminal activity.”
In this latest letter, Kiriakou describes the abysmal state of education and therapy services in the prison and what prisoners really learn while they are in prison for “correction.”

“There is no therapy to help anybody with problems,” unless one is a “drug addict” near the end of a prison sentence. “Pedophiles get no psychological therapy whatsoever.” And, “The only classes offered by staff are GED prep courses and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes” for the hundreds of immigrants in the facility.
Kiriakou spends most of the letter focusing on the depraved indifference the administrators of the prison show toward the effect of pedophiles on the facility. By not helping them get therapy, scenes like this occur:


 "Loretto’s “Education” Department scheduled a prisoner-led class last fall called “Quantum Physics.” Nobody bothered to check whether the prisoner-teacher was qualified to teach a course on quantum physics, nor did anyone request a lesson plan. As it turned out, the gay prisoner-teacher’s only degree was from the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Clown College. The course had nothing to do with quantum physics. It was a self-help pity party for pedophiles, and it sought to help them expand their rationale of denial, with the theme from “Rocky” playing in the background all the while. The teacher began the course by chanting, “We’re homos and we’re chomos! We’re homos and we’re chomos!” (“Chomo” is short for “child molester.”) One African-American prisoner, who expected to learn something about quantum physics, got up, shouted, “This is *ed up!” and walked out. Otherwise, it was a very popular class among a certain demographic. I’m not kidding."


Kiriakou is particularly repulsed by the fact that pedophiles are able to find a “welcoming community of like-minded
offenders” with whom they can “trade pictures of children.” The pictures are typically cut out of Toys R Us catalogs or Parenting Magazine. There are also photos of “young-looking 18-year-olds in G-strings that they buy from mail-order houses that cater to sex offenders in prison.” They also steal “pictures of other inmates’ children,” according to him.

Kiriakou finds the Bureau of Prisons to be entirely responsible for all of this, especially since they do nothing to “dissuade” this behavior. For example, he highlights a memo that was sent to by the prison to celebrate “United Nations’ Universal Children’s Day.” A memo prisoners received said, “Happy Children’s Day!” He believes this to be “right out of the Twilight Zone” because the prison has such a problem with pedophiles.

The drug therapy program is essentially ten hours of watching the A&E television program, “Intervention,” when it is supposed to be a 40-hour program. (“Intervention” is a show that ran for 13 seasons on non-celebrity addicts and employed voyeurism to show viewers addicts when they are most vulnerable in their lives.)

What Kiriakou does say is that he has gained some education but not the kind of education the Bureau of Prisons would take pride in providing to prisoners. He has learned “how to cook methamphetamine.” He has learned how best to steal food from a cafeteria to cook food “using only a live electrical wire and a garbage can full of water.” He has learned how to smoke “spitarettes,” which cost $10 each and are cigarettes made with chewing tobacco spit out by prison guards and dried and rolled up with toilet paper.

He concludes, “The country already is home to an increasingly large population of uneducated, untrained, unreformed, *ed-off ex-felons who are not going to just sit around hoping to win the lottery. Lacking prospects for employment, they’ll do what they do best—commit crimes.”

“For the pedophiles, they will leave prison emboldened by the fact that they spent their entire sentence among like-minded sickos without once being challenged about their perversions,” he adds.

Kiriakou has tried to convince the Bureau of Prisons to give nine months in a halfway house during the last part of his sentence. He has been unable to convince them to grant him such an arrangement.

http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2014/02/12/in-letter-imprisoned-cia-whistleblower-john-kiriakou-says-nothing-is-corrected-at-loretto-prison/
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Re: In Letter, Imprisoned CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Says .....
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2014, 00:01:31 AM »
reading john kiriakou's letters is soul destroying

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Re: In Letter, Imprisoned CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Says .....
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2014, 00:43:38 AM »
'''''' He was convicted in October 2012 after he pled guilty to violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA) when he provided the name of an officer involved in the CIA’s Rendition, Detention and Interrogation (RDI) program to a reporter. He was sentenced in January 2013 of this year and reported to prison on February 28, 2013.""""


What a handsome fellow! =) Wow.

He pled guilty to providing the name of an officer involved in the CIA's Rendition, Dentention and Interrogation program to a REPORTER.  Sounds like CIA followed protocol to send Kiriakou to prison to serve a term for this, but I hope, that after his truthsaying letters, that the prison's concern that his letters might spark controversy among the inmates, he won't have to stay longer than the original time mandated (30 months). Conspiratorial thinking by me, I know. LOL.

Think I will take a look at FireDogLake.
GOD FORBID THE LIGHTS GO OUT and a zillion brains have to be retrained to function in manual reality.

Does anyone else get the idea that the tweets on the WL account are starting to sound a little like someone is bathing in a bird bath, eating bird food & possibly smoking bird * in his own sphere??