“This attempt to prevent a truth-teller from speaking in support of nonviolence is absolutely shameful. This is not a policy created to represent any view of the U.S. public, and we are not going to stand for it.”
David Swanson — Director of ‘World Beyond War’
Former British Diplomat Craig Murray has been denied what is normally a routine visa waiver to come to Washington, DC, to be Master of Ceremonies of the Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence ceremony honouring former CIA officer and whistle-blower John Kiriakou.
John Kiriakou was the first U.S. government official to confirm in December 2007 that waterboarding was used to interrogate Al Qaeda prisoners, which he described as torture.
On October 22, 2012, Kiriakou pleaded guilty to disclosing classified information about a fellow CIA officer that connected the covert operative to a specific operation. He was the first CIA officer to be convicted for passing classified information to a reporter, although the reporter did not publish the name of the operative. [WIKIPEDIA]
The Sam Adams Award
The Sam Adams Award is given annually to an intelligence professional who has taken a stand for integrity and ethics. The Award is given by the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence, a group of retired CIA officers.
It is named after Samuel A. Adams, a CIA whistleblower during the Vietnam War, and takes the physical form of a “corner-brightener candlestick”.[WIKIPEDIA]
Ray McGovern established the Sam Adams Associates
“to reward intelligence officials who demonstrated a commitment to truth and integrity, no matter the consequences.”
The award ceremony will be held at American University on September 25. Kiriakou is the 15th annual recipient.
‘Thought is Dangerous to the USA’
On his blog, Craig Murray wrote:
I shall apply for a visa via the State Department as suggested but I must be on a list to be refused under the ESTA system, and in any event it is most unlikely to be completed before the conference.
It is worth noting that despite the highly critical things I have published about Putin, about civil liberties in Russia and the annexation of the Crimea, I have never been refused entry to Russia. The only two countries that have ever refused me entry clearance are Uzbekistan and the USA. What does that tell you?
I have no criminal record, no connection to drugs or terrorism, have a return ticket, hotel booking and sufficient funds. I have a passport from a visa waiver country and have visited the USA frequently before during 38 years and never overstayed.
The only possible grounds for this refusal of entry clearance are things I have written against neo-liberalism, attacks on civil liberties and neo-conservative foreign policy. People at the conference in Washington will now not be able to hear me speak.
Plainly ideas can be dangerous. So much for the land of the free!
Why on Earth?
You can watch Craig Murray in this video from RealNews also reposted by Ray McGovern.
Craig Murray on Lockerbie
In a post dated March 11 2014, Murray wrote:
The information on Lockerbie published in today’s Daily Mail from an Iranian defector, matches precisely what I was shown in a secret intelligence report in the FCO just around the time of the first Iraq war – that a Syrian terrorist group was responsible acting on behalf of Iran.
It was decided that this would be kept under wraps because the West needed Iran and Syria’s quiescence in the attack on Iraq.
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I was at the time Head of Maritime Section in the FCO’s Aviation and Maritime Department. I was shown the report by the Head of the Aviation Section, who was deeply troubled by it.
The UK authorities have known for over 20 years that Megrahi was innocent. The key witness, a Maltese shopkeeper named Tony Gauci, was paid a total of US $7 million for his evidence by the CIA, and was able to adopt a life of luxury that continues to this day.
The initial $2 million payment has become public knowledge but that was only the first instalment. This was not an over-eagerness to convict the man the CIA believed responsible; this was a deliberate perversion of justice to move the spotlight from Iran and Syria to clear the way diplomatically for war in Iraq.
It will of course be argued, probably correctly, that now Syria and Iran are the western targets, it is in the interests of the CIA for the true story to come out, (minus of course their involvement in perverting the course of justice).
That is why we now hear it was Syria and Iran. But it so happens that is in fact the truth.
Even the security services and government can tell the truth, when the moment comes that the truth rather than a deceit happens to be a tactical advantage to them.
Online Petition to US State Department
An online petition —Tell U.S. to Let Craig Murray into the Country — has already received more than 15,000 signatures.
Now we’re wondering which agency’s long arms have reached out to disrupt our ceremony and to try to silence Craig.
Whatever they intend, it will be bound to backfire, since it only makes the U.S. government look like some sort of monolithic repressive apparatus out to mimic the world’s worst despotic regimes. Ambassador Murray notes in his blog that Uzbekistan — whose government apparatchiks are notorious for torturing its citizens — is the only other country to have barred his entry. Even Russia – which Ambassador Murray criticizes freely – allows him to travel there trouble-free. What are the implications for U.S. democratic values?
We strongly urge the State Department to reverse its decision and allow Ambassador Murray freedom of travel and freedom of expression without hindrance in the United States of America.
William Binney, former Technical Director, World Geopolitical & Military Analysis, NSA
Thomas Drake, former Senior Executive, NSA
Philip Giraldi, CIA, Operations Officer (ret.)
Frank S. Grevil, former intelligence analyst with FE — Danish equivalent of the CIA/NSA
Katharine Gun, former analyst, GCHQ (the NSA equivalent in the UK)
Matthew Hoh, former Capt., USMC, Iraq, & Foreign Service Officer, Afghanistan
Larry Johnson, CIA and State Dept. (ret.)
John Brady Kiesling, former U.S. diplomat
John Kiriakou, Former CIA Counterterrorism Officer
Karen Kwiatkowski, Lt. Col., U.S. Air Force (ret.)
David MacMichael Ph.D., CIA, U.S. Marine Corps captain (ret.)
Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst & presidential briefer
Elizabeth Murray, Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Middle East, CIA (ret.)
Todd E. Pierce, Maj, JA, USA (ret.)
Diane Roark, former staff, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (ret.)
Coleen Rowley, retired FBI agent and former Minneapolis Division Legal Counsel
Peter Van Buren, U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service Officer (ret.)
J. Kirk Wiebe, Senior Analyst, NSA (ret.)
Larry Wilkerson, Col., U.S. Army (ret); Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell
Ann Wright, retired U.S. Army Colonel and former U.S. diplomat