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ACLU Showed Detainees Photos Of CIA

From a strangely unfazed Washington Post:

Detainees Shown CIA Officers’ Photos

Justice Dept. Looking Into Whether Attorneys Broke Law at Guantanamo

By Peter Finn
Friday, August 21, 2009

The Justice Department recently questioned military defense attorneys at Guantanamo Bay about whether photographs of CIA personnel, including covert officers, were unlawfully provided to detainees charged with organizing the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, according to sources familiar with the investigation.

Investigators are looking into allegations that laws protecting classified information were breached when three lawyers showed their clients the photographs, the sources said. The lawyers were apparently attempting to identify CIA officers and contractors involved in the agency’s interrogation of al-Qaeda suspects in facilities outside the United States, where the agency employed harsh techniques.

If detainees at the U.S. military prison in Cuba are tried, either in federal court or by a military commission, defense lawyers are expected to attempt to call CIA personnel to testify.

The photos were taken by researchers hired by the John Adams Project, a joint effort of the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, to support military counsel at Guantanamo Bay, according to the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the inquiry. It was unclear whether the Justice Department is also examining those organizations.

Both groups have long said that they will zealously investigate the CIA’s interrogation program at "black sites" worldwide as part of the defense of their clients. But government investigators are now looking into whether the defense team went too far by allegedly showing the detainees the photos of CIA officers, in some cases surreptitiously taken outside their homes.

If proved, the allegations would highlight how aggressively both military lawyers and their allies in the human rights community are moving to shed light on the CIA’s interrogation practices and defend their clients. Defense attorneys, however, described the investigation as an attempt by the government to intimidate them into not exposing what happened to their clients.

When contacted about the investigation, the ACLU declined to discuss specifics.

"We are confident that no laws or regulations have been broken as we investigated the circumstances of the torture of our clients and as we have vigorously defended our clients’ interests," said Anthony D. Romero, the group’s executive director. "Rather than investigate the CIA officials who undertook the torture, they are now investigating the military lawyers who have courageously stepped up to defend these clients in these sham proceedings."

It is unclear whether the military lawyers under investigation identified the CIA personnel in the photographs to the al-Qaeda suspects or simply asked the detainees whether they had ever seen them. It is also unclear whether the inquiry involves violations of federal statutes prohibiting the identification of covert CIA officers or violations of military commission rules governing the disclosure of classified information, including to the defendants.

The investigation is being overseen by John Dion, head of the Justice Department’s counter-espionage section, who has worked on many high-profile national security cases, including the prosecution of Aldrich H. Ames, the CIA mole who spied for the Soviet Union. The CIA reports security breaches to Dion’s office. The Justice Department and the CIA declined to comment.

Air Force Col. Peter R. Masciola, chief military defense counsel at Guantanamo Bay, and his deputy, Michael J. Berrigan, also declined to comment.

The Washington Post could not determine how many and which CIA personnel were photographed, which photographs were shown to detainees, or when.

Romero said he does not know what laws the government thinks the military lawyers may have broken.

"That is the most vexing part of it," he said. "Usually when you’re read your Miranda rights or visited by the Justice Department or the FBI, you are given some indication as to what laws are at stake."

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers also declined to address the specifics of the inquiry but questioned its timing.

It is "customary in our experience that any kind of investigation like these are conducted after legal proceedings are finished in the case so as not to interfere with the defense function, not to interfere with the rights of defendants, not to give the appearance that the government is looking to chill the defense function," said Joshua L. Dratel, counsel for the John Adams Project and a former board member of the NACDL, who spoke on behalf of the group.

He added: "The lawyers have a duty to find out what happened to their clients, and to the extent that the government and certain agencies are resistant to that to protect themselves and to insulate themselves from accountability, there is a tension there, and to the extent that this investigation is part of that tension, it’s most unfortunate. But the lawyers will not shirk their duty."

A wide variety of groups, including European investigators, human rights groups and news organizations, have compiled lists of people thought to have been involved in the CIA’s program, including CIA station chiefs, agency interrogators and medical personnel who accompanied detainees on planes as they were moved from one secret location to another.

"It’s a normal part of human rights research projects, and certainly in defense work, to compile lists of individuals who interacted with clients," Romero said…

Where is the outrage? Like the outrage our media masters expressed over the ‘outing’ of the non-spy Valerie Plame?

And this is actually something real.

It was ever thus.

By the way, note that these ACLU lawyers call their operation “the John Adams Project.”

President John Adams signed the Alien And Sedition Acts.

Just imagine what he would have done to these despicable traitors.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 21st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “ACLU Showed Detainees Photos Of CIA”

  1. sheehanjihad says:

    Remember when it was “treason” to expose party girl/secretary Valerie Plame? How is it that ACLU lawyers gave their terrorist clients the names, addresses, phone numbers and workplaces of the CIA operatives that caused them to be sent to Gitmo? How is this different from a Washington winky holster’s non reputation exposure as “treason”, and now the people who are working to protect us are “outed” to the terror network? The lawyers who did this should be taken out and shot. The ACLU is openly operating to further the cause of jihad for Islamic terrorists, and nobody says a damn thing. This sucks.

  2. canary says:

    That’s why there are so many attorney go to hell jokes. Could it be Obama is trying to rid the CIA agents, so he can replace them with his own?

  3. Colonel1961 says:

    Treason. Hang the bastards…

    • Liberals Demise says:

      I don’t think they hang bastards anymore. I believe they offer them a fag and blindfold.
      Or …….$40,000.00 and the island of their choice!

  4. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    I’m actually not really that upset by this. I wish my picture and address were included. When they show up at my door, the question about what to do with the detainees would be settled. However, there would be a new question, where to bury them. Now given Obama is going to pardon them and release them to a new base of operations, this kind of sucks.

  5. GL0120 says:

    Where did they get the pictures?
    Someone had to identify these people as covert agents; they too should be tried and shot.

    • Colonel1961 says:

      A truly excellent point. A lot of complicity on this one. And a wonderful investigation for anyone willing to do some real journalism…

      And, of course, I agree – shoot these bastards, too.

  6. catie says:

    This is why I despise the JAG Corps. The majority of people in the JAG Corps are rabid liberals who have never been in combat. The few that have been are different.
    When this was just on the news, my husband lamented about their being a “Disgrace to the Uniform and those who wear it honorably”. That’s exactly how I feel.

  7. pdsand says:

    “We are confident that no laws or regulations have been broken as we investigated the circumstances of the torture of our clients and as we have vigorously defended our clients’ interests”

    On the same token, they are also confident no laws were broken by the bastards in guantanamo, sooo I’d take that with a grain of salt.

    I’ve always known these people hate our culture and our way of life. They want to use the courts and our media to amend it out of existence. But for the first time I really now see them as an enemy within our country. They’re surveilling and reconnoitering the CIA on behalf of terrorists who are soon going to be released by Obama? That’s an act of war if you ask me.

  8. Colonel1961 says:

    ‘The photos were taken by researchers hired by a joint project of the ACLU and the National Assocation of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In some cases, the photographers are said to have taken the pictures sureptitiously outside the homes of CIA officers.’ Did not mention the project referenced above, but vile, nonetheless. (via Powerline)

    Traitors. One and all.

  9. BillK says:

    The ACLU at work, from Fox News:

    Sources: Photo of Key CIA Interrogator Shown to Gitmo Detainees

    As the Justice Department investigates whether Guantanamo Bay detainees were improperly given about 45 photos of CIA officers or contractors, FOX News has learned that one of the photos was of a lead interrogator of the accused plotters of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

    The interrogator, a now-retired CIA operative named Deuce Martinez, had spent more than a year trying to get information out of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, known as the mastermind of those attacks, and Martinez also interrogated Abu Zubaydah and Ramzi bin Al Shibh.

    Martinez’s identity was first revealed publicly a year ago in an article by the New York Times, which published his name despite strong appeals by the CIA and its director not to run the story. The Times argued that Martinez wasn’t a covert agent, but the CIA said revealing his name still would put his life at risk.

    It is a violation of federal law to identify CIA covert personnel, and it is a violation of military commission rules to disclose classified information, even if only to the defendants.

    The photos reportedly were provided to the detainees by the John Adams Project, a combined effort of the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to assist in the defense of the detainees.

    Sources told FOX News that the ACLU and detainees’ defense attorneys sent a photographer to Martinez’s home in Northern Virginia and took photos of him that were later shown to some of Al Qaeda’s worst of the worst at Gitmo.

    But FOX News also learned from its sources that there is some question whether the Justice Department itself may have played a role in relaying photos of covert CIA operatives — which would make the story even more unbelievable, according to some lawmakers with responsibility for intelligence oversight.

    The Justice Department’s investigation of the photos, led by counterespionage chief John Dion, is trying to determine if military lawyers defending the detainees divulged classified information or compromised covert CIA officers.

    The investigation was first reported by The Washington Post on its Web site Thursday night. The ACLU told the Post the organization was confident no laws or regulations had been broken.


    As if this isn’t outrageous enough, be sure to reread this:

    Martinez’s identity was first revealed publicly a year ago in an article by the New York Times, which published his name despite strong appeals by the CIA and its director not to run the story. The Times argued that Martinez wasn’t a covert agent, but the CIA said revealing his name still would put his life at risk.

    This from the very same New York Times that constantly rehashes the “outing” of Valerie Plame?!?!

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