"My reputation preceded me, and a rumor got started that I was a CIA hitman."
This letter about prison life (PDF) by John Kiriakou, who’s serving 30 months in the federal pen for disclosing the name of a covert CIA agent to a journalist, makes for fascinating reading. Kiriakou also helped blow the whistle on the agency’s use of waterboarding.
"With ‘Gangster Squad,’ we get a pulpy endorsement of extrajudicial killing, made all the more palatable by Ryan Gosling’s roguish charms. Meanwhile, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ delivers a history lesson in how America conquered Bin Laden through the sheer force of torture and feminist overtones."
Via Xeni at Boing Boing, here’s a sketch from the notes of Dr. Bruce Jesser, one of the psychologists who helped the US establish its “enhanced interrogation techniques” at Guantanamo. There’s more where this came from.