Concerning a CIA Whistleblower


By Bill Willers for Veterans Today

“Every employee of the Central Intelligence Agency agrees to submit for clearance by the agency’s Publications Review Board any material he or she prepares for publication or other use in the public domain. This requirement extends to all former employees as well…..” ; “You never leave the CIA, not really.”  –John Kiriakou, 2010, in his book ‘The Reluctant Spy’

“The National Institute of Standards and Technology [NIST], however, found no evidence to support the theory that the building [WTC7] came down as a result of explosives.” – John Kiriakou, 2017, in his article for Truthdig, ‘How to Challenge Media Narratives Without Being Called a Conspiracy Theorist’


The juxtaposition of those two quotes might give anyone who has tracked NIST’s reporting on the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 a moment to reflect.

“Whistleblowers” who risk career, prison – everything — to expose crimes of officialdom are admired by those who seek the truth of things. Former CIA agent John Kiriakou, who in 2007 became the first governmental official to confirm publicly that the US tortures by waterboarding, is such a person. In another, unrelated, incident, Kiriakou revealed in an interview the identity of a CIA undercover agent, a “mistake” for which he was sentenced in 2013 to 30 months in a low-security federal prison. However, he contends that the true reason for his sentence was his acknowledgement of waterboarding. Now a prominent whistleblower, Kiriakou has been honored with his portrait being added to Robert Shetterly’s Internet gallery of “People Who Tell The Truth”. He also has taken a position as a columnist for Truthdig, among the most trusted of online sources of progressive opinion and analysis.

When I read his August 12, 2017 article, “How to Challenge Media Narratives Without Being Called a Conspiracy Theorist”, it came as more than a mere surprise. Within this one brief article, Kiriakou wrote:

“I believed then — and I still believe — that Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida were behind the attacks. It wasn’t a ‘controlled detonation’ carried out by the Bush Family, the Rothschilds, the ‘Jews’, the Trilateral Commission, the Israeli government, the space aliens, or anybody else. It was al-Qaida.” 

“Conspiracy theorists [ignore] the fact that hundreds of people on the highways around the Pentagon … watched the plane fly low over Washington Boulevard in Arlington, Va., and crash into the side of the Building.”

Conspiracy theories are … simplistic and divide the world between light and dark, good and evil … often presented as ‘secret knowledge’ unknown and unappreciated by others.”

“Conspiracy theories were rampant that the CIA, the FBI, the New York Police Department, the New York Fire Department or other entities blew up the building through ‘controlled demolition’. The National Institute of Standards and Technology [NIST], however, found no evidence to support the theory that the building came down as a result of explosives.” 

In all fairness, if one may scrutinize a president, e.g., Bush, or a famous pundit, e.g. Rush Limbaugh, without the prospect of being blacklisted, it is appropriate that someone seen as an icon by the “progressive left” (for lack of a better term) likewise be available for critical analysis. In this instance, it is naked fact that former CIA officer Kiriakou, in this brief article, has contradicted and put to doubt many key observations and conclusions by thousands of competent researchers, over the past 16 years, regarding 9/11. Why?

Like metallurgist Jonathon Kay, in the book ‘Among the Truthers’, Kiriakou claims some expertise in mass psychology as he lumps all conspiracy theories (i.e., non-official accounts), including the highly probable, into a single category of invalidity. Ironically, it is such pooling that is inherently simplistic.

The text of Kiriakou’s article bears no resemblance to the title, for there is no “how to” instruction for readers wanting to avoid the “conspiracy theorist” epithet. In fact, author’s depiction of all conspiracy theories as simplistic amounts to attack, and he insinuates that only the stupid would be at odds with his judgment: “Some Americans are not very bright. They’re easily influenced. They believe that the New York Times and the Washington Post, two eminent newspapers of record, are purveyors of fake news because the president says so.”  This is a classic ‘straw man’, set up to knock down easily, because the say-so of the President is irrelevant. In truth, the disreputable relationship between US media and official power, the CIA in particular, is legendary, documented and hardly denied (See hereheerherehere and beyond).

NIST’s preposterous fabrication that office fires and falling debris caused WTC7 to descend symmetrically at free-fall speed is the cork in the bottle full of authorized lies. Public admission that the building had been prepared for demolition well before September 11 would cast such light that the rest of the official invention could no longer be suppressed. Considering the chaotic socio-political impact such an admission would generate, that single lie has had to be protected at all costs. No evidence of demolition was found because, as NIST admits, a search for such evidence was scrupulously avoided. This dereliction by NIST, with regard to WTC7, has been openly and widely discussed and derided by qualified engineers (who dared) for years. (Aside: As this is written, independent engineers are carrying out an analysis of the WTC7 collapse. The study is unfinished, but to date they have established that the possibility of office fires bringing down WTC7 is “zero”.)

In the foreword in his book, Kiriakou explains that “Every employee of the Central Intelligence Agency agrees to submit for clearance by the agency’s Publications Review Board any material he or she prepares for publication or other use in the public domain. This requirement extends to all former employees as well … This book went through several reviews by the CIA’s publications board …”. “Several reviews” indicates extensive editing. This being so, one must assume that all of his publications for Truthdig, or for anyone else, have been, and will continue to be, subjected to CIA scrutiny, editing and clearance.

In the epilogue of the book, Kiriakou acknowledges that “You never leave the CIA, not really.”

Bill Willers
Sturgeon Bay, WI
Bill Willers is emeritus professor of biology, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh now living in Middleton, WI. He is founder of Superior Wilderness Action Network (SWAN) and editor of Learning to Listen to the Land and Unmanaged Landscapes, both from Island Press. He posts occasionally online at OpEdNews, Common Dreams, Counterpunch and Dissident Voice. (and for VT when he is censored by others)


  1. Truthdig is not for all you Conspiracy Theorists who disagree with the NIST report on Bldg 7. What about Bldg 6, that’s a laugher. The whole contents of Bldg 6 blew through the roof. Oh well.

  2. ” – – it is naked fact that former CIA officer Kiriakou, in this brief article, has contradicted and put to doubt many key observations and conclusions by thousands of competent researchers, over the past 16 years, regarding 9/11. ”
    Not quite.
    He has established himself as an operative of the “organization” that pulled off 9-11, and created the fairy tales to distract from a few impossibilities. Blaming Osama bin Laden and Bush´s 19 Moslem stooges was not the work of Islam. How long has Kiriaku pledged 1st allegiance to the fraudulent territory, “Israel” ? Or, is he simply MOSSAD agent who worked into the CIA?

    • Here’s an excerpt from the Kiriakou Truthdig article in question, quoting Kiriakou:

      “I would love to get to the bottom of what brought down Building 7. I don’t think it’s ever been adequately explained.”

      Bill Willers (a retired biology professor), way more than Kiriakou, is throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

  3. If you read this article you will discover one William J. Donovan (1883-1959) was a distinguished Irish American lawyer, war hero, head of OSS in WWII, and considered father of he CIA. He is a medal of honor winner and used everything at his disposal to win battles, including selling out his life long friends and associates. His training as a lying lawyer befit him well. His motto was evidently “The ends justifies the means.” In other words, it is acceptable to sell out your stated principles in order to “win”. He was close to Roosevelt and likely aided in the false flag to start WWII. A dark side of him is omitted from the glowing article above in that it is well documented now that he paid a professional assassin $10,000 to plan and murder General George S. Patton in Germany in 1945 after the war using a fake automobile accident as false flag cover. Any former U.S. two star general who would stoop so low as to order this despicable act to a senior officer, in addition to selling out his own club members in an alcohol raid during prohibition must be not a hero to be idolized but instead an indicted war criminal to be despised. Shame on a former hero who sold out everything our Constitution stands for for glory and fame.

    • Excellent post, Abbe.

      “Among the OSS members who went on to become major CIA figures were Allen Dulles, William Casey, William Colby, and James Jesus Angleton.”

      Angleton…Mossad mole.

      Donovan was also surrounded by former Nazis due to Operation Paperclip, as I’m sure you know…

      “Through Operation Paperclip, the U.S. organized a monumental transfer of black technology by actively recruiting Nazi criminals for employment by U.S. intelligence. Author H. P. Albarelli excavates the part that was missing from the recently-outed official report: the U.S. pointedly chose fervent Nazi scientists with experience in chemical, biological and radioactive warfare to become the architects of the CIA’s darkest military experiments with human guinea pigs, reminiscent of Nazi Germany.”

  4. Al Qaeda…Give me a break. This guy is either a liar, or a fool, or both. He insults “conspiracy theorists”, yet by adhering to the “official narrative” of 9/11, he supports the most absurd conspiracy theory that has ever been propagated. The idea that 19 cave dwellers with no commercial pilot experience, armed with box cutters and led by a man on dialysis, somehow circumvented the entire security apparatus of the US and took down three steel reinforced concrete skyscrapers with two aluminum pop cans, all without being clearly seen by any airport security cameras and without being on the flight manifests, is absolutely absurd. Impossible.

    • That’s without discussing the impossibility of a steel reinforced concrete sky scraper collapsing into its own footprint at free fall speed, without using strategically placed demolition charges. Although this would be an unprecedented event in history, the official narrative would have us believe it happened three times on 9/11. Not to mention, at least 7 of the alleged 19 hijackers are still alive and have appeared publicly since 9/11. There is not one aspect of the official narrative surrounding 9/11 that is believable.

  5. Now we know just who and what Kiriakou is. Shades of Stewart Webb……
    It is apparent he is still working for the CIA.
    Never trust anything the CIA says.
    Never trust anything the government or the MSM tells you.
    The NIST’s investigations were meant as a cover up.
    Kiriakou is a cut out.

    • I’d say one needs to dispel about 50% of What WE Know ( from the stereotypical stories about Everything we get from the MSM Brainwash Hogwash Whitewash ) its difficult to Forget Brainwash worked into the Child .
      in Short , it’s ALL Lies , it’s the “Jewish Narrative “

    • Good point, Echoes.

      The first, most difficult, painful, and time consuming part of seeking the truth is the UNlearning process…

      Did I use the word “horrifying”?…I should have…throw that in the last sentence somewhere…

  6. National security is a blackmagic spell put on us to cover up crimes. Is this the real intend of National Security ?

    • IMO-National Security is used as a pretext to insure the continuance of the totalitarian government. They’ve used this weaponized buzz term to circumvent both national and international law, to invade foreign nations and to spy on US citizens. I truly believe that the USG sees the US population as their greatest threat. Why else would the NSA mine nearly twice as much data from American citizens, than they collect from supposed enemies like China and Russia? Likewise, the biggest threat that the US citizenry faces is the USG itself. While everyone is looking under their bed for Russian Muslims and begging the govt to protect them, the govt plans it’s next Hegelian threat.

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