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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?
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Former Gen. David Petraeus 'Guilty' of Giving Mistress Classified Secrets

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Former Gen. David Petraeus 'Guilty' of Giving Mistress Classified Secrets
In a bid to stay out of prison, former CIA director and four-star Gen. David Petraeus pleaded guilty to giving his mistress, Paula Broadwell, classified secrets when she was writing his biography, All In. Prosecutors, in a plea deal filed Tuesday in federal court in Charlotte, N.C., where Broadwell lives, are recommending that Petraeus, 62, receive two years of probation and a $40,000 fine in exchange for his admission of guilt on a misdemeanor count of the unauthorized removal and retention of classified material. While Broadwell was researching and writing her book on the former top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan,
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Former Gen. David Petraeus 'Guilty' of Giving Mistress Classified Secrets

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Former Gen. David Petraeus 'Guilty' of Giving Mistress Classified Secrets
In a bid to stay out of prison, former CIA director and four-star Gen. David Petraeus pleaded guilty to giving his mistress, Paula Broadwell, classified secrets when she was writing his biography, All In. Prosecutors, in a plea deal filed Tuesday in federal court in Charlotte, N.C., where Broadwell lives, are recommending that Petraeus, 62, receive two years of probation and a $40,000 fine in exchange for his admission of guilt on a misdemeanor count of the unauthorized removal and retention of classified material. While Broadwell was researching and writing her book on the former top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan,
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Exclusive: Trailer For Doc 'Silenced' Reveals The Story Of Government Whistleblowers

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"Citizenfour" might be the hottest doc of the fall, and deservedly so, but Edward Snowden isn't the only government whistleblower in town. "Silenced," from Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker James Spione, chronicles the stories of three whistleblowers of the post 9/11 era — Thomas Drake, John Kiriakou, and Jesselyn Radack — who faced incredible trials and persecution in response to their standing up for what is both right and constitutional. The film has screened at Tribeca, Hot Docs, AFI Docs and many other film festivals, and today we've got the exclusive trailer for you to check out. The documentary promises a compelling and riveting tale about the troubling innermost, top-secret workings of the U.S. government, shedding light on the experiences of these whistleblowers — whose stories are not as well-known to the general public — who found their lives put under scrutiny as they tried to expose wrongdoing at the highest levels of the...
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Famed Whistleblowers Speak Out at Tribeca Film Festival Screening of 'Silenced'

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Famed Whistleblowers Speak Out at Tribeca Film Festival Screening of 'Silenced'
Despite currently serving a thirty-month prison sentence, John Kiriakou’s presence was deeply felt this weekend during Tribeca Film Festival's screening of "Silenced," a documentary by Oscar-nominated filmmaker James Spione. The film follows Kiriakou’s account of learning of and exposing the CIA’s use of torture as well as his subsequent trial and guilty verdict for disclosing classified files to a reporter. His wife was present at the post-screening panel to read, on his behalf, a statement in which he maintains his unstirred devotion to his country and its democratic ideals.In addition to providing the significant details on his case as well as those of fellow whistleblower Thomas Drake and their legal advisor Jesselyn Radack, the film gives a personal context to the process and aftermath of whistleblowing. It felt fitting, then, to have Kiriakou’s wife become emotional at the letter’s mention of their son’s
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Tribeca 2014: Katie Holmes, Robin Williams, and Patrick Stewart headline world premieres

Tribeca 2014: Katie Holmes, Robin Williams, and Patrick Stewart headline world premieres
The 13th Tribeca Film Festival has announced its complete lineup for next month’s New York celebration, which runs April 16-27. Culled from more than 6,000 submissions, Tribeca 2014 includes 55 world premieres, 37 first-time filmmakers, and 22 female directors. Half the slate had been announced on Tuesday, with Spotlight, Midnight, and Storyscapes films unveiled today, as well as special screenings. “Spotlight and special screenings are an especially dynamic aspect of this year’s program, both in range of styles and stories,” said Genna Terranova, Tribeca’s director of programming. “Many films feature real-life personalities who’ve accomplished extraordinary feats, while in other films we
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Project of the Day: Oscar-Nominated Director Talks to the War on Terror's Whistleblowers

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Project of the Day: Oscar-Nominated Director Talks to the War on Terror's Whistleblowers
Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "Silenced" Tweetable Logline: Telling the truth becomes a dangerous act when four federal whistleblowers reveal the darkest corners of America's war on terror. Elevator Pitch: Silenced reveals in unprecedented detail the federal government’s increasingly draconian response to whistleblowers, the personal toll on those who have exposed or questioned official national security policy, and the potential long-term consequences on our basic constitutional rights. The film features John Kiriakou, who confirmed the use of so-called "enhanced interrogations" on national television; Jesselyn Radack, the former Justice Department lawyer who discovered the Bush Administration’s detainee torture regime; Thomas...
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Susan Sarandon Supports “Silenced” on Kickstarter and So Should You

Nowadays, telling the truth can be dangerous. In his new documentary, Silenced, filmmaker James Spione explores the 'war of whistleblowers' by telling the stories of as four high-profile truthtellers - Jesselyn Radack, Thomas Drake, John Kiriakou, and Peter Van Buren - who dared to question the nation's post-9/11 national security policy and uffered harsh consequences as a result. Spione, whose Incident in New Baghdad won Best Documentary Short at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival and went on to secure an Oscar nomination, needs your help. With the aid of fellow advocate Susan Sarandon (whom he met while they were fellow Shorts jurists at Tff 2012), Spione is making his case for support through a dramatic video that explains the issues at hand, the struggles of whistleblowers everywhere, and how you can help Silenced get the necessary funding to complete post-production through this Kickstarter campaign.
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Blu-Ray Review: ‘From Paris With Love’ a Cinematic Royale With Cheese

Chicago – John Travolta always seems to be in a perpetual state of “coming back.” His various attempts at reinventing his screen persona seem to be driven less by artistic integrity than commercial desperation. The more macho and foul-mouthed he tries to be, the less convincing he is.

While Woody Harrelson has jump-started his career by mastering the art of tongue-in-cheek bravado, Travolta hasn’t even graduated into the realm of middle-aged hipness. It’s saying something when the best role of Travolta’s career in the last decade was Edna Turnblatt in “Hairspray.” “From Paris With Love” is easily his most unimaginative star vehicle since “Be Cool.” While that film paired Travolta and Uma Thurman just so they could dance again, this picture plants Travolta in “The City of Lights,” just so he can declare that his vice is still a “Royale With Cheese.” Emphasis on the cheese.

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