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Did the ACLU expose undercover CIA agents to jihadis at Gitmo?

Did the ACLU expose undercover CIA agents to jihadis at Gitmo?

It sure is looking like it, although there’s shockingly no outrage from the liberals who screeched “TREASON!!” over Valeria Plame’s outage to a journalist a few years back. But of course, this is the oh-so-noble ACLU, so we must always trust them. Right?

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.

… 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.

… 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 ACLU is basically saying we shouldn’t worry about those evil, torturous CIA people, we shold be worrying about the military lawyers and the poor jihadists they represent.

And of course, when Colin Powell aide Richard Armitage outed Valerie Plame to Robert Novak, many liberals were squealing for Armitage to be tried for treason. They may or may not have had a valid point there, but if they really did believe that exposing Valerie Plame, who had been out of the field for five years was treason, then why is this suddenly not? Plame was exposed to an American citizens; these CIA agents are still undercover and were exposed to jihadists who helped organize the 9-11 attacks. If these ACLU lawyers are found to have outed the CIA agents, then they absolutely should be tried for treason, and if convicted, they should be hanged. They exposed American citizens working to defend America — who are still undercover — to the enemy, in the name of “defending” the reprehensible people responsible for the deaths of over 3,000 American citizens. I don’t think you can get much more treasonous than that.

As Kim Priestap says:

This makes the whole Valerie Plame thing seem like a damn tea party. ACLU and attorneys defending jihadis who plotted to bring down our country on 9/11 took secret photos of CIA operatives, some in front of their homes, so those jihadis currently being held at Gitmo could identify them. Plame hadn’t been in the field for over five years. The CIA operatives that the ACLU and the defense attorneys exposed to the enemy were and still are under cover as we speak. Where’s the freaking outrage now?

That’s a damn good question.

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  • BobV says:

    The only treason they recognize is people freely protesting against increases in social programs they support. So opposing socialized medicine = unamerican, treason. Making america less safe in the face of foreign aggression = patriotism of the highest order.

    It’s almost as if they don’t like this country, or the people who live here.

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