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Coalition to Present Demands for Release of Torture Report

Speakers to include CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou

Speakers to oppose torture plans of incoming administration

What: News Conference with coalition representatives and petition signed by 60,000 demanding release of Senate Torture Report

When: Tuesday, January 10 at 10 a.m.

Where: National Press Club (Zenger Room), 13th Floor, National Press Building, Washington

Advocates will present the case for making the Senate Torture Report public now, rather than in 2029 or later, including the need for accurate understanding of past torture given the pro-torture comments of Donald Trump. They will present this petitionaddressed to President Barack Obama and Senator Dianne Feinstein:

Speakers will include the following:

John Kiriakou is a former CIA analyst and whistleblower who went to prison for publicly stating that the CIA had tortured. He is on the advisory board of ExposeFacts and co-chair of the Whistleblowers Public Education Campaign sponsored by RootsAction Education Fund.

Carissa Miller is Campaign Associate with Daily Kos.

Donna Smith is Executive Director of Progressive Democrats of America.

Norman Solomon is co-founder and Coordinator of (Moderator)

David Swanson is Director of World Beyond War and Campaign Coordinator of

Sue Udry is the Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and Defending Dissent Foundation.

Jeremy Varon is with Witness Against Torture and is a Professor of History at The New School.

The news conference is sponsored by  

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