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Kiriakou writes: "Deep down, I still think it was an accident. But when the Attorney General of the United States tells a U.S. senator, with a completely straight face in an open Congressional hearing, that the president can have an American citizen assassinated on U.S. soil without benefit of a trial, it gives one pause. I didn’t want to acknowledge it, but maybe there was something more to this than I was willing to admit to myself."

John Kiriakou in the hospital. (photo: Facebook)
John Kiriakou in the hospital. (photo: Facebook)

The Deep State Did Not Cause My Motorcycle Accident, But It Does Exist

By John Kiriakou, Reader Supported News

16 October 17


was in a terrible traffic accident two weeks ago. I was on a Vespa scooter driving up Connecticut Avenue in Washington, DC, when the driver of the car in front of me slammed on his brakes for no reason. There was nobody in front of him and the lane was completely clear. I had no idea why he did it. I hit my brakes and swerved left to avoid him, but I clipped the left end of his bumper and went over the handlebars, landing on my shoulder. I fractured my spine, broke six ribs, and broke my clavicle.

The driver, meanwhile, continued driving to the end of the block, pulled over, and sat in his car. He never got out to see if I was injured. He just sat there and waited for the cops to arrive. Two pedestrians came to my aid, with one calling 911 and the other asking me questions like, “Do you know your name? Do you know what year it is? Do you know what happened?” Finally, an ambulance came, along with the fire department and a uniformed police officer. As I was being loaded into the ambulance, I saw the cop talking to the driver of the car I hit.

I spent the next six days in George Washington University Hospital. A few days into that stay, a friend called me to say that an article about the accident had appeared in Newsweek. The article said that I had “questions” about the accident and that maybe it had indeed not been an accident. I actually did have questions about it. The article said that there was no police report, and when the Newsweek reporter asked the police department for one, he was told that there was no record of any accident having taken place. A witness added that after I was loaded into the ambulance, the cop just told the driver of the car to leave. Just drive away. Was this a Michael Hastings-type incident? I didn’t know.

But it wasn’t. It was just a traffic accident. Newsweek later updated its article to say that a bus had suddenly pulled out from the curb lane into the driving lane and the driver had hit his brakes to avoid hitting the bus. He didn’t see that I was behind him.

A few days into my hospital stay, I gave an interview to a Greek television station. The interviewer asked what had happened, and I told him that I thought it was just a simple traffic accident. He asked if I had considered the idea that perhaps it was a set-up. I replied that, sure, it had crossed my mind. But there were so many moving parts in such a scenario that it just seemed to be too complicated to pull off. Besides, despite the severity of my injuries, I was only going five miles per hour, according to the fire department. But why, the reporter asked, had the police told the car’s driver to drive away? Why was there no police report? Could this have been something more sinister?

I knew from my many years in the Intelligence Community that employees of several different governmental agencies carry what is euphemistically called a “get out of jail free” card. If you are on some sort of secret mission inside the United States and you get wrapped up in something that requires the intervention of law enforcement, you hand the cop your “get out of jail free” card, he calls a number on the card, the person who answers confirms that you’re on sensitive government business, and he asks that the cop send you on your way. This was probably what happened, I said. It was probably just an accident.

Still, the reporter pressed, “You’ve been outspoken about the existence of the Deep State. Isn’t it possible, after all you’ve said about the CIA, torture, human rights, and such over the years that this was something more ominous? A message, perhaps?”

I have to admit that he got me on that one. Deep down, I still think it was an accident. But when the Attorney General of the United States tells a U.S. senator, with a completely straight face in an open Congressional hearing, that the president can have an American citizen assassinated on U.S. soil without benefit of a trial, it gives one pause. I didn’t want to acknowledge it, but maybe there was something more to this than I was willing to admit to myself.

And that leads to a far more important issue than John Kiriakou’s traffic accident. Where is the accountability for the Deep State? When Congress does not exercise its constitutionally-mandated oversight, who is responsible for protecting Americans from their government? To whom do those secretive governmental agencies report, if not to Congress?

Thanks to the revelations of Ed Snowden, Chelsea Manning, Tom Drake, and others, we know that the Deep State is real. It’s ominous. It’s a threat to our democracy. We have to demand accountability through our elected officials. We have to keep talking about these issues, writing about them, marching to draw attention to them, and demanding that our Congressional representatives do what we say. Without it, the country is doomed and we’re all in danger, even from a simple “traffic accident.”

John Kiriakou is a former CIA counterterrorism officer and a former senior investigator with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. John became the sixth whistleblower indicted by the Obama administration under the Espionage Act - a law designed to punish spies. He served 23 months in prison as a result of his attempts to oppose the Bush administration’s torture program.

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+16 # Caliban 2017-10-16 13:29
I, for one, would appreciate some serious, factual and up-to-date coverage of the whole "Deep Sate" issue from RSN contributors and correspondents.

I read Peter Dale Scott's book several years ago and found it quite thought-provoki ng. But some work by active Washington journalists (Bernstein and Woodward style) would be very welcome to this reader.

And, John Kiriakou, please get well soon and keep up the great work.
+16 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-10-17 10:05
caliban -- the "woodward/berns tein" style book on the deep state is Mike Lofgren, The Deep State: The Fall of the Constiution and the Rise of the Shadow Governemnt. It is recent, about 2 years old.

But really you have to go back to get the best story. Philip Agee's books on the CIA are the best. Also, Burton Hersh's The Old Boys: The American Elites and the Origins of the CIA.

The wealthy class runs the US government. This class is international, not only americans. They have bribed or intimidated almost every elected official. The current scandal over the DEA and enforcement of drug laws regarding synthetic heroin is a good case. Drug companies were tired of DEA enforcement, so they organized to get a law passed that gutted the DEA's authority.

But it is much worse with foreign policy. The US is involved in permanent wars because a Shadow Government has decided to do it.
+5 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-10-17 15:37
Caliban --

Interesting that you cite Woodward and Bernstein. What a perfect case of how the Deep State works. Woodward has had the model career for a journalist: prestigious position at a top newspaper, loads of access to sources in government, especially the CIA. Woodward is the perfect journalist.

Bernstein on the other hand, has dropped out of sight. He has bounced around from one job to another. He’s pretty much forgotten. Of course, he still writes free-lance articles and books.

Why the difference? Right after Nixon resigned, Bernstein began investigating the CIA’s control of news media in the US. He knew that the CIA was the source of the information he and Woodward released that led to Nixon’s resignation and that the Wapo was playing a role for the CIA.

Woodward continued to deliver CIA narratives as if he were a human conveyor belt. Bernstein exposed the role of the CIA in controlling all news organization in the US. That made him unemployable, except for short periods. Here’s the article he wrote in 1977:

The CIA is the heart of the Deep State. It was created by Wall Street lawyers (Donavan, Dulles brothers, Wisner, and others) to do the dirty work of the oligarchs these lawyers represented. Philip Agee has written that CIA really means, “Capitalism’s Invisible Army.” From the start, it was determined to control whole governments, especially the Washington government.
-1 # krazykwiltkatt 2017-10-16 13:45
Odd that he did not see the bus nor remember it until later when it appeared in a publication. Just a coincidence, move along, nothing to see here.
+10 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-10-16 13:48
Wow. I hope John K gets better very soon. I rode a motorcycle for many years but never crashed. I was close a few times. But I always worried about it.

Drivers in DC don't need the Deep State in order to make them bad. They do stop in the middle of a traffic lane for no reason. I learned to drive in Los Angeles where we were taught to think about other people on the road. In DC driving is the jungle, the survival of the fittest.

When we talk about the Deep State it is important to make a distinction between the two meanings:

1. The Bureaucratic Deep State -- these are the life long workers or functionaries in the government bureaucracy who will do their jobs in the way they always have no matter who the elected office holders are. Trump won't change them. They are a force in themselves.

2. The Shadow Government Deep State. These are a Ruling Elite who control many institutions in and out of government and have the power to make elected government officials do their will. A perfect example would be Henry Kissinger. He's still on the Defense Advisory Board, the semi-secret ruling group at the Pentagon. They are bankers, lawyers, CEOs, and think-tankers who direct the actions of the CIA, NSA, and the rest of the "intelligence community." Here the neo-cons like Dick Cheney, Richard Perle, or Netanyahoo come to mind. Netanyahoo has more power in the US government than any elected official.

Kiriakou needs to watch out for #2.
+2 # John S. Browne 2017-10-17 14:07

Actually, he needs to watch out for both.

+14 # giraffee23 2017-10-16 13:55
Get the $$ out of elections and then we can expect democracy to work. Repeal and replace Citizen's United... and the orange one.
+9 # John S. Browne 2017-10-17 14:11

Overturn and get rid of the electronic, non-paper-trail , easily-hacked-a nd-often-actual ly-hacked, stealing-electi ons voting machines first. That's at the root of all the voting evil(s). Without that evil overcome first, all the rest is just window dressing, and much of it just spinning our wheels.

+6 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-10-17 18:42
J. Browne -- why are they only talking about Russia's meddling in the elections? If hacking voting machines is the root of the voting evils, then why won't Mueller and congress go after that. It is very likely both Bush and Trump strode into the WH on the back of vote hacking and rigging. But no one seems to care; no one in the major media that is.
+4 # Kootenay Coyote 2017-10-18 12:34
& don't forget the USA is happy to meddle in others' elections....
0 # Caliban 2018-10-27 18:28
The typical commercially made voting machines are hackable individually, but I am not sure they can be manipulated collectively. If I am correct, then a larger hack would have to be made at the state or regional level by corrupt high-level election officials.

I know that RR and others on RSN would have no problem believing this happens all over the place, but it is not what I have seen at the lowish levels I work at. I can see, however, that there is a lot of genuine competitive feeling between Republicans and Democrats at the county level (every county).

In short, I do not see any mass co-operation between parties at election time.
+12 # JayaVII 2017-10-16 14:00
Question: If there was no police report, how did the Newsweek reporter find the driver of the car? And how did Mr. Kiriakou not see the bus that suddenly drove into his lane? This story does seem fishy. An accident resulting in a serious injury should automatically produce a police report. For one thing, there's a liability question ... who will pay for Mr. Kiriakou's injuries? That's why insurance companies insist on getting police reports and why the cops always get something on paper.
+6 # REDPILLED 2017-10-16 14:13
Congress is subservient to the Deep State, as are corporate media. Expecting them to act is a delusion.
+10 # vt143 2017-10-16 14:40
May you heal quickly and return to your most important work.
0 # John S. Browne 2017-10-16 16:58

I don't believe in coincidences in situations such as this one, with people such as Kiriakou who is no doubt considered an expendable enemy of the deep state shadow government, a traitor to "al CIAduh(!)", the NSA, etc. And why did Kiriakou not mention seeing a bus? Even by the end of his article, he doesn't mention seeing any bus? How could he have missed it? Forgot it as a result of his serious injuries? He has early-onset Alzheimer's? It would seem to me that the bus, if there indeed was one, should have been obvious to Kiriakou, and a major part of his memory of the incident, even if his entire memory of the matter was cloudy.

Maybe he's trying to exercise damage control and hope, if indeed the incident was sinister, to keep the shadow government from carrying out "another" attempt on his life, if that's what it was, by denying that there was anything sinister to it. But, if that's the case, and the powers-that-be truly are seeking to execute him, which wouldn't surprise me in the least, then his exercising such "damage control" likely wouldn't do any good whatsoever. In fact, if he in truth believes it was an attempted "hit", the best thing for him to do would be to cry from the rooftops, and make it as publicly documented as possible, that that is what he (actually?) believes it was. Sure, some would call it "conspiracy theorist" b.s., but there are millions of Americans, and even some publications, that know such things to be "'conspiracy FACTS' of life".

+6 # futhark 2017-10-16 18:28
John Kiriakou is correct in asserting that the Deep State apparatus is incompatible with the Republic established within the framework of the Constitution and that the discrepancies need to be resolved with the abolition of the tyrannical Deep State (also known as a "police state"). That the Attorney General of the United States should testify to a Senator in Committee that extrajudicial assassination of American citizens may be legally justifiable is both deeply ignorant and criminally hypocritical coming from an officer of the Republic sworn to preserve and protect the Constitution and ought to have been grounds for impeachment.
+3 # Roger Kotila 2017-10-16 18:41
Where does any citizen from any country turn for honest justice when one is unlucky enough to be a citizen of a deeply corrupted nation -- where even the Congress, the Supreme Court, and the FBI cannot be counted on?

John Kiriakou should be able to appeal to the United Nations to investigate his accident under such dubious circumstances that John describes -- letting the driver go; no police report.

One possible solution is found in the current campaign by world federalists to a form a "new UN" under the Earth Constitution. This Constitution is designed to replace the obsolete and deeply flawed UN Charter. Its judiciary system with its World Ombudmus feature provides a new avenue above the nation state to seek justice where an individual like Mr. Kiriakou could seek a fair and honest investigation that he cannot get from his own country.

I think the UN has avoided getting into the issue of Deep State because 25% of the funding comes from the US, and "sovereignty" in the UN Charter protects powerful, corrupt nations from outside intervention.
+4 # elkingo 2017-10-16 21:41
"Deep State is real. It’s ominous. It’s a threat to our democracy. No John, the fact that the deep state proves that there is no democracy or one in name only. And what the deep state protects is capitalism.
+5 # 2017-10-17 12:17
The bus company will be in a position to verify a bus in the area of the accident as well as to identify the bus driver. Certainly Newsweek and other media could access this information as well as provide more in depth information on who the driver is.

Also, there are clearly witnesses to the accident, where are there statements about the exact circumstances?

Much more to be done on this story.
0 # jeffsyrop 2017-10-18 14:40
So sorry to hear about your accident!
0 # dascher 2017-10-26 08:48
I lived in Italy for a year and found that they do not call such occurrences "accidents". They are called "incidents". Upon investigation they may be classified as "accidents" or something else.

It appears to me that this incident may have been due to Kiriakou's following the car too closely (an "accident" due to aggressive driving) or it may have been due to something less 'accidental'. Investigation beyond what is reported here does appear to be warranted - especially given the identity of the victim.

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