Thursday, August 27, 2009

ACLU Spies on U.S. Covert Intelligence Officers

Michelle Malkin was on Fox & Friends just now. She was talking about the ACLU's "John Adams Project," which is a spying operation on America's spies. ACLU heavies have been following CIA officials, taking pictures of them at their homes, and then showing them to Guantanamo detainees to get information on prisoner treatment at the facility.

Michelle's piece on this yesterday is here, "
ACLU: Spying for America’s Enemies."

But check out Investor's Business Daily's editorial as well, "
Picturing The Enemy":
Security: The ACLU sneakily photographing CIA officers near their homes, then showing the shots to the imprisoned planners of the 9/11 attacks. A fruitcake fantasy? The government is looking into exactly this.

When the Washington Post three and a half years ago uncovered the CIA's "black prisons" program, in which enhanced interrogation was used against terrorist detainees to foil future atrocities, we forcefully argued that such secret wartime operations ought never be outed.

The Post may have won a Pulitzer for its revelation, but we feel more strongly than ever today. And a new story in that same newspaper gives new facts about the harm it did, and continues to do.

A Justice Department investigation is now apparently investigating whether photos of covert CIA officials surreptitiously taken by the American Civil Liberties Union's "John Adams Project" were unlawfully shown to terrorist detainees charged with organizing the attacks of 9/11.

It's all supposedly part of military lawyers' aggressive defense of their terrorist defendants, on whom enhanced interrogation may have been used. But the Justice probe seems to have given quite a scare to ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero. Refusing to comment on the specifics of his organization's photo activities on behalf of "our clients," Romero complained that the government was not investigating "the CIA officials who undertook the torture."

Has there ever been a more outrageous trading of places? Those behind the attacks that murdered thousands are now the victims? And the courageous U.S. government officials who grilled them for the purpose of preventing further terrorist attacks are now the villains?

Instead of receiving the protection they deserve, they and their family members have apparently been spied on by the ACLU and have had their likenesses displayed to al-Qaida members.

What if these detainees get released — which the ACLU obviously wouldn't mind seeing happen? Will descriptions of those CIA officers be relayed up the al-Qaida food chain? Will there be "future ops" files on these interrogators and their families somewhere in the mountainous caves of Afghanistan and Pakistan?

The Post story notes that leftist groups here and abroad, European investigators and others "have compiled lists of people thought to have been involved in the CIA's program, including CIA station chiefs, agency interrogators and medical personnel who accompanied detainees on planes as they were moved from one secret location to another."

It says that "working from these lists, some of which include up to 45 names, researchers photographed agency workers and obtained other photos from public records." The ACLU's Romero shrugs his shoulders and calls all that "normal" lawyerly research.

It may be normal for a group that throughout its history has provided aid and comfort to America's adversaries, but compiling a long enemies list and attaching pictures to go with the names should be the least-normal thing imaginable in a free society.
The Washington Post's initial article is here.


Dennis said...

I used to belong to the ACLU years ago and gave them money to do what I thought was to protect individuals rights. I quit them when it became readily apparent that they do NOT care about individual rights and are quite selective of whose rights they even pay attention.
As one can see here, they are not above doing things that would be considered outside their bailiwick.
The ACLU should not be trusted. It may have started out with good intentions, but as always happens in groups like this the radicals take over and they ceased to be what they were originally created to be. It happens to almost every group. The unions were a necessary organization who had the best interests of their membership at heart. That has not been true for years.
There must be some axiom that anything that has value will be degraded by radicals in the end.

Mark Harvey said...

ACLU: started by the communists of the 1920s and 1930s. Go figure!

Cuffy Meigs said...

These terrorists are a valuable resource. Ever since the big dropoff of college student terrorist groups in the 1980s, there's been a dearth of people willing to murder the Left's enemies. If these terrorists can be provided with the names, faces, and home addresses of members of the CIA, and can somehow be released in the future, there's a good chance that a few of these CIA members and their families can be killed on the cheap, and without anything really substantial to tie their acts to the Left.

THe Leftis frequently and incorrectly thought of as an ideology. It is not, The Left is instead a massive transnational criminal enterprise, and a very profitable one at that. And just as Leftists pay street orphans in Columbia and Brazil to randomly kill the policemen that disrupt their drug trafficking operations, so also they wish to use whosoever they can to disrupt US intelligence assets elsewhere. Getting CIA employees killed in their homes would be a useful strategy to that end.

science fiction writer said...

During the Vietnam era, there were so-called pacifist groups going around attacking people in the military...I'm a primary source for that. Still have the scars to prove it.