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Report: Detainees Shown CIA Officers' Photos
Fox News ^ | August 21, 200*

Posted on 08/21/2009 8:40:48 AM PDT by mockingbyrd

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department is investigating whether Guantanamo Bay detainees charged with roles in the Sept. 11 attacks were improperly given photos of CIA officers or contractors, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

The investigation, headed by the Justice Department's counterespionage chief, John Dion, is trying to determine if military lawyers defending the detainees divulged classified information or compromised covert CIA officers, according to the person, who was not authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

It is a violation of federal law to identify CIA covert personnel, and it is a violation of military commission rules to disclose classified information, even if only to the defendants.

The person who spoke to The Associated Press said the photos at issue were provided by the John Adams Project, a combined effort of the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to assist in the defense of the detainees.

The investigation was first reported by The Washington Post on its Web site Thursday night. The ACLU told the Post the organization was confident no laws or regulations had been broken.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aclu; arlenspecter; bho44; bhodoj; bleedingheartattack; cia; detainees; dion; espionage; johnadams; johnadamsproject; johndion; nacdl; nationalsecurity; plamegate; specter; treason

1 posted on 08/21/2009 8:40:48 AM PDT by mockingbyrd
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To: mockingbyrd

At least they didnt show the terrorists a picture of VALERIE PLAME. That would have been treason

sarc


2 posted on 08/21/2009 8:42:16 AM PDT by silverleaf (If we are astroturf, why are the democrats trying to mow us?)
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To: mockingbyrd
The ACLU told the Post the organization was confident no laws or regulations had been broken.

Well, thats that. Nothing to see here. The ACLU says no laws were broken. Now onto the Michelle Obama shorts controversy...

3 posted on 08/21/2009 8:43:07 AM PDT by frogjerk (Obama Administration: Security thru Absurdity)
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To: mockingbyrd

Anyone surprised?


4 posted on 08/21/2009 8:44:10 AM PDT by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: mockingbyrd
Should this be a surprise when liberal attorneys are given the opportunity to muck around in matters of those who want to kill Americans and destroy the United States?

They're doing their little part for the same cause to which Obama, Emanuel, Axelrod, Soros, etc, etc, have devoted themselves.

5 posted on 08/21/2009 8:44:30 AM PDT by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American (E)
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To: Timesink; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; ...

Media Schadenfreude and Media Shenanigans PING

This is HUGE.

This won’t get nearly the attention that Plamegate got.

And wouldn’t be the first time that lawyers aided international terrorists.


6 posted on 08/21/2009 8:47:28 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barry Falsewitness is proud of his "healthy skepticism" of organized religion. He's a deceiver.)
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To: TheClintons-STILLAnti-American

Recall the lawyer who smuggled out messages from incarcerated terrorists to permit them to continue plotting further attacks.


7 posted on 08/21/2009 8:48:03 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barry Falsewitness is proud of his "healthy skepticism" of organized religion. He's a deceiver.)
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To: mockingbyrd

Did I miss something? When is the Special Prosecutor being announced to investigate and charge the people responsible for compromising “covert operatives”?


8 posted on 08/21/2009 8:54:08 AM PDT by Marty62 (former Marty60)
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To: mockingbyrd

The only reason Justice is pissed is it would impede prosecutions of the CIA grunts.


9 posted on 08/21/2009 8:54:10 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie
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To: mockingbyrd

I’m sure “it’s Bush’s fault!”


10 posted on 08/21/2009 9:01:31 AM PDT by aShepard
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To: mockingbyrd; penelopesire

“The investigation, headed by the Justice Department’s counterespionage chief, John Dion,”

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CIA leak spotlight falls on prosecutor - John Dion is accustomed to staying out of the public eye on even the biggest cases
Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA) - Friday, October 10, 2003
Author: ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON (AP) - The investigation into who leaked the identity of an undercover CIA officer is shining a spotlight on a 30-year Justice Department prosecutor more accustomed to staying out of the public eye on even the biggest cases.

John Dion , 57, is chief of the agency’s counterespionage section, a group of a dozen career public servants who specialize in the government’s most sensitive national security investi- gations.

In recent years, these have included FBI spy Robert Hanssen, CIA spy Aldrich Ames and accused al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui.

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He came to the Justice Department in 1973 as part of its honors program, shortly after graduating from George Washington University law school and Notre Dame University. He joined what then was called the internal security section in 1980, gradually rising through the ranks until he became acting chief in 1997 and chief in 2002.

Dion has twice received the John Marshall Award for Outstanding Achievement, one of the highest Justice Department awards: first in 1987 for work on the Walker family spy ring case and again in 1997 for espionage prosecutions of FBI agent Earl Pitts and CIA officer Harold Nicholson.

The Walker case involved a former Navy officer, John A. Walker Jr., and several family members who were convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. Pitts is serving a 27-year sentence for selling secrets to the Soviet Union and Russia; Nicholson was sentenced to 23 years in prison in 1997 for providing Russia with names of CIA officers and other classified documents.

Dion’s challenge in the CIA leak was underscored Thursday when four senior Democratic senators, including Minority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota, wrote in a letter to Bush that Ashcroft’s close ties to the White House will raise questions about the outcome of any investigation.

“We are at risk of seeing this investigation so compromised that those responsible for this national security breach will never be identified and prosecuted,” said the letter, also signed by Sens. Charles Schumer of New York, Carl Levin of Michigan and Joseph Biden of Delaware.

Victoria Toensing, the Justice Department’s top counterterrorism prosecutor in the mid-1980s, said Dion’s reputation for integrity is key for Bush and Ashcroft to avoid charges of political meddling in the CIA leak case.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/21/AR2006032100806.html

Moussaoui Memo Unseen, Court Told - Ex-FBI Official Was Unaware of Agent’s Warning
Washington Post, The (DC) - Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Author: Jerry Markon and Timothy Dwyer, Washington Post Staff Writers
A former top FBI counterterrorism official testified yesterday that he never saw an urgent memo sent to his office three weeks before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks warning that Zacarias Moussaoui was a terrorist intent on hijacking an airplane.

Defense attorney Edward B. MacMahon Jr . asked the former FBI official whether he knew that agent Harry Samit had warned in an Aug. 18, 2001, memo to his office that Moussaoui was a potential terrorist.

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http://74.125.95.132/search?q=cache:FyIa6yNO9S8J:www.aclu.org/johnadams/+John+Adams+Project&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

Lawyers

* Joshua L. Dratel
* Thomas Anthony Durkin
* Nina Ginsberg
* Nancy Hollander
* Amanda Lee
* Denise LeBoeuf
* Edward B. MacMahon, Jr.
* Scott McKay
* David Nevin
* Jeff Robinson
* Gary D. Sowards


11 posted on 08/21/2009 9:09:11 AM PDT by maggief
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To: a fool in paradise
This is HUGE.

In a rational world, yes. Perhaps not on Planet 0bama.

This won’t get nearly the attention that Plamegate got.

I'd be astonished if it is reported at all after the weekend. *sigh* (Unless they can blame Bush. *double sigh*)

And wouldn’t be the first time that lawyers aided international terrorists.

Sadly, no.

12 posted on 08/21/2009 9:25:35 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 212 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: maggief

It sounds like John Dion has a good reputation according to Victoria Toensing(who is a solid Reaganite from everything I have seen of her over the years). Am I reading him right?


13 posted on 08/21/2009 9:28:30 AM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: Carley
Anyone surprised?

No; just continue to be sickened, however. . .

14 posted on 08/21/2009 9:29:23 AM PDT by cricket ('Don't bow for me . . Obama ' (America'sorry' President))
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To: cricket

Surprised that the O cabal noticed or cared.


15 posted on 08/21/2009 9:34:28 AM PDT by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: mockingbyrd

Where are the checks and balances for this type of thing? Can the CIA agents sue the ACLU for endangering their lives? This administration is running amok and it doesn’t seem like there’s anything anyone can do about it. Is this what the founding fathers had in mind? I don’t think so.

I admire anyone who has the guts to do what the CIA, FBI, or any other agency does when taking on terrorists. They should at least be protected. They’re saving our lives.

If they do sue the ACLU or anyone else who ‘accidentally’ showed me the pictures, put me on the jury. I want to personally congratulate the agent while sending the guilty party to the gallows. Unbelievable. And I wonder why my blood pressure goes up every time I hear stuff like this.


16 posted on 08/21/2009 9:46:22 AM PDT by USAHOME
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To: mockingbyrd

The investigation, headed by the Justice Department’s counterespionage chief, John Dion, is trying to determine if military lawyers defending the detainees divulged classified information or compromised covert CIA officers...

DUH!....Ya think?


17 posted on 08/21/2009 9:46:59 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: penelopesire

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/07/us/a-veteran-of-ferreting-out-spies-turns-his-attention-to-the-white-house.html?pagewanted=all

A Veteran of Ferreting Out Spies Turns His Attention to the White House
New York Times, The (NY) - Tuesday, October 7, 2003
Author: ERIC LICHTBLAU

EXCERPT

Democrats charge that whatever Mr. Dion’s investigation finds, the results will be politically tainted because of the White House’s close ties to Attorney General John Ashcroft and his top aides. They have called on Mr. Ashcroft to appoint a special counsel or recuse himself, pointing out that any decisions on subpoenaing of reporters would have to be approved by the attorney general.

But Justice Department officials and Republicans in Congress say they are confident that Mr. Dion’s counterespionage unit — made up of 11 career lawyers who are not politically appointed — can conduct a fair and independent review.

Senator Arlen Specter, Republican of Pennsylvania, said the F.B.I.’s role as the lead investigative agency should give the review an added level of political insulation.

He noted that while Robert S. Mueller III, the F.B.I. director, was appointed by President Bush, he has a 10-year term through 2011. “He’s not beholden to anyone,” Mr. Specter said. “He’s not going to favor the president.”

Mr. Specter and other lawmakers called Mr. Dion’s section on the carpet in 2000 for its lenient handling of a Southern California nuclear scientist who admitted passing classified national defense information to the Chinese. Justice Department officials said they had been unaware that the plea agreement struck by federal prosecutors with the scientist, Dr. Peter Lee, would not result in any jail time.

Mr. Specter said that despite his deep concerns about the handling of that case, “I did not have any doubt about Dion’s work.”


18 posted on 08/21/2009 9:58:32 AM PDT by maggief
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To: mockingbyrd

This story sickens me. Not only did the ACLU attorneys disclose the identities of covert CIA operatives (unlike desk-jockey Valerie Plame), but also they surveilled them. Now of course they’re used to being surveilled - BY ENEMIES of our country! And did the ACLU expose their families in the process of spying on them?

AG Holder will do nothing about this. Nothing!


19 posted on 08/21/2009 10:00:18 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Integrity, Character, Leadership, and Loyalty matter - Be an example, no matter the cost.)
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To: maggief

That doesn’t sound good. Check out the other thread and my ping to you. One of the lawyers involved in this also represented the AQ terrorist that plotted to kill Bush 1.


20 posted on 08/21/2009 10:12:24 AM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: cricket
Time to look over the videos and photos from 911?

Time to look at the faces of the 3,000 who died on 911?

Let the CIA extract all the information they can,,,, then get out the pig skin bullets.

To heck with congressional committees and partisan politics.

21 posted on 08/21/2009 11:43:14 AM PDT by TYVets (LetÂ’s Roll!!! The leadership of the GOP has no spine and no guts, but the rest of us do)
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To: a fool in paradise
This won’t get nearly the attention that Plamegate got.

I doubt the New York Times cares about active CIA agents - the kind who protect us.

The New York Times cares about having a stick to hit conservatives with - and that's what Plame was - that and little else.

So you're right, fool in paradise, this won't be "news"...

22 posted on 08/21/2009 1:24:27 PM PDT by GOPJ ("Fishy rumors posters" Check 'em out:http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2311664/posts)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
The investigation, headed by the Justice Department's counterespionage chief, John Dion, is trying to determine if military lawyers defending the detainees divulged classified information or compromised covert CIA officers
Probably Scooter Libby's fault.
23 posted on 08/21/2009 9:20:57 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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additional:

ACLU Lawyers Identify Covert CIA Agents to Al Qaeda Terrorists
Stop the ACLU | 21 Aug 09 | Van Helsing
Posted on 08/21/2009 9:30:26 PM PDT by Jay777
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2321808/posts


24 posted on 08/21/2009 9:57:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Carley
Surprised that the O cabal noticed or cared.

If they can taint Bush/Cheney; they care. Am wondering exactly 'when' this was occurring; but assume, since it is making news; that it was under Bush. At the same time, we only have to remember that our Justice Dept. was no friend to either the President of Vice President; for the eight years that Bush/Cheney served.

The tentacles of the Left never stop 'reaching out'. . .

25 posted on 08/22/2009 8:52:39 AM PDT by cricket ('Don't bow for me . . Obama ' (America'sorry' President))
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To: TYVets
[Time to look over the videos and photos from 911? Time to look at the faces of the 3,000 who died on 911?]

Definitely, time ror remembering; what our enemy never forgets.

26 posted on 08/23/2009 2:56:01 AM PDT by cricket ('Don't bow for me . . Obama ' (America'sorry' President))
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To: penelopesire

The plotters who went after Bush1 were doing so on behalf of Iraq, not al Qaeda.


27 posted on 08/25/2009 11:28:21 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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