Holder has done it again. He is re-investigating six CIA agents who used legal (at the time) enhanced interrogation to obtain information which helped lead to the capture of Osama bin Laden. These agents were cleared by an independent commission. Eric Holder dropped the case prior to this but he can’t let it go. The careers of these men are destroyed but it’s not about them. It’s an effort to embarrass the former administration. It’s purely political
Fox News Sunday interview with Dick Cheney and Chris Wallace: “Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday it’s an “outrage” the Obama administration continues to investigate CIA agents who interrogated terror suspects, claiming they did nothing wrong and expressing concern about the precedent it sets.
Cheney weighed in on the probe after several Republicans and other ex-officials have renewed their call for the Justice Department to drop the investigation — launched nearly two years ago by Attorney General Eric Holder — in light of the killing of Usama bin Laden.
Though it’s unclear what role so-called enhanced interrogation played in finding bin Laden, Cheney told “Fox News Sunday” the techniques probably “contributed” and suggested the circumstances make the Justice probe all the more unsettling.
“It’s unfortunate,” Cheney said. “These men deserve to be decorated. They don’t deserve to be prosecuted.”
Cheney noted there was a “complete investigation” during the Bush administration that concluded the agents had not violated the law. He said the decision by Holder to reopen that case and hand it over to a special prosecutor sets a “terrible precedent.”
“These are government employees. They did nothing wrong, as best as any of us knows,” Cheney told “Fox News Sunday.” “It is an outrage that we would go after the people who deserve the credit for keeping us safe for seven and a half years.”
Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld also said Sunday that the Obama administration should set the CIA probe “aside” and move on, calling it a “most unfortunate thing.”
“These people were operating at the direction of the president. They were doing things that had been approved by the Department of Justice,” Rumsfeld said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “And it sends a chill throughout the government.”
The investigation has been kept under wraps since Holder first announced it, and it’s unclear how far along it’s come.
Asked about the investigation Sunday, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon told “Fox News Sunday” he could not comment on the probe itself. But he praised the work of the intelligence community in helping track bin Laden…” Read here; Eric Holder and his obsession with prosecuting the CIA
Debra Burlingame, sister of Flight 77 pilot, Charles “Chic” Burlingame, whose plane was flown into the Pentagon on 9/11, confronted President Obama at the 9/11 Memorial about investigating CIA agents under the Bush administration at a time when the CIA has benefitted from the intelligence these men gathered. President Obama turned his back on her. Read here: Turns back on Debra Burlingame
Portions of the letter sent on behalf of the CIA agents in 2009
“September 18, 2009
Dear Mr. President:
We have served as directors of Central Intelligence or directors of the CIA for presidents reaching back over 35 years. We respectfully urge you to exercise your authority to reverse Attorney General Holder’s August 24 decision to re-open the criminal investigation of CIA interrogations that took place following the attacks of September 11.
Our reasons for making this recommendation are as follows.
The post-September 11 interrogations for which the attorney general is opening an inquiry were investigated four years ago by career prosecutors. The CIA, at its own initiative, forwarded fewer than 20 instances where agency officers appeared to have acted beyond their existing legal authorities.
Career prosecutors under the supervision of the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia determined that one prosecution (of a CIA contractor) was warranted. A conviction was later obtained. They determined that prosecutions were not warranted in the other cases. In a number of these cases the CIA subsequently took administrative disciplinary steps against the individuals involved.
Attorney General Holder’s decision to re-open the criminal investigation creates an atmosphere of continuous jeopardy for those whose cases the Department of Justice had previously declined to prosecute. Moreover, there is no reason to expect that the re-opened criminal investigation will remain narrowly focused.
If criminal investigations closed by career prosecutors during one administration can so easily be reopened at the direction of political appointees in the next, declinations of prosecution will be rendered meaningless. Those men and women who undertake difficult intelligence assignments in the aftermath of an attack such as September 11 must believe there is permanence in the legal rules that govern their actions…We support your stated commitment, Mr. President, to look to the future regarding these important issues. In our judgment the only way that is possible is if the criminal investigation of these interrogations that Attorney General Holder has re-opened is now re-closed.
R. James Woolsey
James R. Schlesinger”
Read here: Stand with Intelligence and here: Prosecuting CIA Chiefs