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CIA Abuse: Let The Opinions Begin!

Aug 24, 2009

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The CIA interrogation abuse report just came out, and I'm sure we'll see plenty more opinions on the issue in tomorrow morning's papers. Jeffrey H. Smith was ready to go this morning with an op-ed in the Washington Post. The former general counsel of the CIA offers six reasons not to prosecute interrogators:

If media reports are accurate, the conduct detailed in the inspector general's report was contrary to our values. It caused harm to our nation and cannot be repeated. But prosecuting those who actually carried out that behavior has consequences that could further harm our nation. Even if the attorney general concludes that a criminal charge could be brought, other factors must be considered. Sometimes broader national objectives must be given greater weight.

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