John Kiriakou is not well known to every American, but he should be. I regret that I had only a vague idea of who he was until I saw James Spione's extraordinary documentary Silenced, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2014 -- at which point Kiriakou was in jail. He was released last month, having served almost two years in a Federal prison. After seeing the film, I'll never forget him or his story.
Silenced examines the tremendous difficulties -- personal, professional, financial, legal -- faced by three government whistleblowers in the post-9/11 era: Kiriakou, an ex-cia analyst and counterterrorism officer; Thomas Drake, a former Nsa executive; and Jesselyn Radack, an attorney and former ethics adviser to the United States Department of Justice. They are treated as criminals and, in Kiriakou's case, jailed as one. But what if their "wrongs" are based in a defense of the Constitution?