Isn’t this, like, you know, treason? And people like this now work in the Department of Justice?
Debra Burlingame and Tom Joscelyn report that [Jennifer] Daskal wasn’t just a critic of the CIA. They say she helped stalked the Agency as part of an effort that undermined its covert operations and put its agents at risk…. Burlingame and Joscelyn also report that lawyers for Gitmo detainees worked with Human Rights Watch to use information obtained through their legal repesentations to ascertain the location of the CIA’s secret sites and the identities of the CIA personnel charged with transporting (via special flights), detaining, and interrogating terrorists….
One result of the kinds of efforts described by Sifton was that CIA operatives involved in detaining and interrogating terrorists had their photographs taken and shown to terrorists. This was the handiwork of attorneys working for the John Adams Project, a joint initiative of the ACLU and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Naturally, the CIA is not amused. It believes that these efforts compromised its ongoing operations and could lead to reprisals against interrogators. And, at a minimum, the sharing of information obtained in representing detainees almost surely violates a 2004 protective order on this matter.
Accordingly, the CIA reportedly has pressed the Justice Department to investigate aggressively whether the John Adams Project lawyers broke the law. According to the same reports, the Holder Justice Department has downplayed the issue. Bill Gertz of the Washington Times attributes DOJ’s reticence to particular lawyers within the department who are “sympathetic to the John Adams Project.” Is Jennifer Daskal one of these lawyers? It’s easy to believe that she is. Is Holder himself one of these lawyers? I suspect so.
If the Republicans win the House next fall, this matter should be high on its list of investgations, with Holder and Daskal high on the list of witnesses.