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? From the Washington Post:
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.
If detainees at the U.S. military prison in Cuba are tried, either in federal court or by a military commission, defense lawyers are expected to attempt to call CIA personnel to testify.
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.
The left jumped up and down and got their panties in a bunch because they said exposing Valerie Plame was treason. Fine. Let's accept that premise. That means we zealously investigate those attorneys from the John Adams Project and the ACLU (they said they love zealous investigations) who exposed these under cover agents, prosecute those attorneys, make sure they are convicted, and then hang them.
I have long argued that the insistence of treating captured terrorists as civil criminals would lead to this kind of scenario. It puts foreign terrorists at war with the US in the same legal status as a bank robber and threatens the intelligence processes (and now personnel) that exist to defeat America's enemies. The defense attorneys want to pull intel assets off line and into court, where their usefulness in covert operations will come to a screeching halt. That will leave the US more exposed and more vulnerable to the terrorist networks that we have been trying to dismantle and destroy after 9/11.
This proves the point.
John Stephenson at Stop the ACLU:
We learned a long time ago the ACLU didn't truly believe in the right to privacy except when it was convenient for its agenda. When it was convenient for fundraising, privacy went out the window. Now we learn that as long as it fits the agenda of endangering America, the ACLU's faux defense of privacy is exposed again. Revealed is hypocrisy.
John also notes this little nugget of hypocrisy: