Saturday, September 19, 2009

Seven Former CIA Directors Ask Obama to Stop Holder From Investigating CIA

Seven former CIA directors who served under both Democratic and Republican presidents, have written a letter to Obama asking him to stop his attorney general Eric Holder from investigating the CIA (Berman Post: Holder to Appoint a Special Prosecutor to Investigate CIA Interrogators And Contractors). Obama had indicated on many occasions that he did not, and would not, investigate the CIA. The exact opposite is coming to pass unless he steps in to stop Holder.

"Arguing that the actions of the Attorney General are essentially putting this country at greater risk of terrorist attack, a bipartisan team of seven former directors of the Central Intelligence Agency wrote to President Obama today urging him to direct Attorney General Eric Holder to close the criminal investigation looking into whether any CIA officers went beyond what they were told was legal in their interrogations during counterterrorism investigations.

Allowing future investigations and prosecutions “will seriously damage the willingness of many other intelligence officers to take risks to protect the country,” ... “In our judgment such risk-taking is vital to success in the long and difficult fight against the terrorists who continue to threaten us.”

... “public disclosure about past intelligence operations can only help Al Qaeda elude US intelligence and plan future operations. Disclosures about CIA collection operations have and will continue to make it harder for intelligence officers to maintain the momentum of operations that have saved lives and helped protect America from further attacks.”

The seven former directors are Michael Hayden and Porter Goss, who served under President George W. Bush; George Tenet, who served under Bush and President Bill Clinton; John Deutch and R. James Woolsey, who served under Clinton; William Webster, who served under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan; and James R. Schlesinger, who served under President Richard Nixon.

You can read the Letter at

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