Friday, December 21, 2007


Something about his story didn't make sense...

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice is investigating whether a former intelligence officer illegally disclosed classified information in interviews he gave on how the CIA interrogated a suspected senior al Qaida member.

In interviews with ABC News and The Washington Post earlier this month, former CIA officer John Kiriakou gave detailed descriptions of how a detainee known as Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded. The procedure produces the sensation of drowning and is widely considered a form of torture, which is illegal under U.S. and international laws.

The interviews were the first public confirmation that Zubaydah, a Palestinian who allegedly helped finance the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, had been subjected to the technique while in secret CIA custody. The CIA surrendered Zubaydah to the U.S. military in September 2006, and he's now being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The department opened the criminal probe of Kiriakou after receiving a "criminal referral" from the CIA, according to officials familiar with the process. The officials requested anonymity because criminal referrals aren't made public.

The investigation comes as the White House and the CIA face congressional investigations and court battles over a 2005 decision to destroy videotapes of Zubaydah's interrogation and that of another al Qaida member while they were being held secretly by the CIA.

A federal judge scheduled a hearing in Washington on Friday on whether the destruction of the videotapes violated his order to the government to preserve evidence in a lawsuit brought by 16 detainees held at Guantanamo Bay.

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Come on, we already know they've figured out that the only road out of town is paved with destroyed evidence. Does anyone really think that the Republicans in charge of this administration haven't been furiously destroying evidence since the second inaugural? They've long known that this was going to be the Republican Party's last shot at Executive Power for a generation. They've been reading the demographic tea leaves long enough to know that we may well see twenty uninterrupted years of Democratic control of at least the Congress and the Executive. No one is interested in defending this country. They're more concerned with successfully fleecing and raping the country and leaving no evidence behind.

Continuing with the article, this made me laugh:

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CIA Director Michael Hayden has taken a hard line against leaks because he believes national security has been damaged by disclosures of the administration's domestic eavesdropping program and the identity of an undercover CIA officer married to a White House critic.

A former senior U.S. intelligence official, who asked not to be identified because of the issue's sensitivity, said that current CIA officers have "expressed mixed feelings" about Kiriakou's interviews.

They welcomed his defense of their effort to save American lives, "but they are faced with the problem of a guy going out there and talking about stuff that he is not authorized to speak about. You can't send a signal to everybody to go out there and say what you know," he said.

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I honestly don't think Hayden cares about the Plame case. I think they view that incident as their civilian overlords doing whatever was necessary to preserve their lie to start a war. The reason they're going after Kiriakou is that they had everything all sorted out--all of the evidence was neatly destroyed and everything was lined up all dress right dress--and he screwed the pooch for them by opening his mouth.

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The other shoe that drops today is this:

WASHINGTON - A House of Representatives committee issued a subpoena Thursday for Jose Rodriguez, a former CIA official who directed that secret interrogation videotapes be destroyed.

The House intelligence committee ordered Rodriguez, former head of the CIA's National Clandestine Service, to appear Jan. 16 for a hearing. The Democratic committee chairman, Silvestre Reyes, said Rodriguez "would like to tell his story, but his counsel has advised us that a subpoena would be necessary."

Now, why would he be in the process of lawyering up?

Has anyone screamed Executive Privilege yet?

Aside from Peter Hoekstra pretending to care, where is the outrage? Where is the outrage from the Republican Party on this issue? Oh, wait. They won't start caring about this stuff until after Bush and Cheney roll out of town.

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