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Stalking the CIA

Justice lawyers at daggers drawn with the ­intelligence community.

Mar 29, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 27 • By DEBRA BURLINGAME and THOMAS JOSCELYN
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“It would be contrary to the principles of the criminal justice system for the attorney general to say he believes a very serious crime has been committed and then to do nothing about it,” Daskal told the New York Times in January 2009. She was referring to comments made by Holder during his confirmation hearings, in which he compared CIA interrogation techniques to atrocities committed by the Japanese in World War II and by the Khmer Rouge. “Waterboarding is torture,” Holder flatly stated. “We prosecuted our own soldiers for using it in Vietnam.” The clear implication was that the CIA’s interrogators could be prosecuted as well. 

While Holder has been willing to denigrate CIA interrogators, he is  apparently not eager to investigate the people who stalked and photographed CIA interrogators and then exposed them and their families to admitted al Qaeda killers. Instead, Holder has hired lawyers like Daskal, who opposed the CIA’s role in countering the terrorist threat and worked to expose the agency’s detention and interrogation operations.

Debra Burlingame, a former attorney, is a co-founder of Keep America Safe. Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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