Monday, September 11, 2006
Senior People should be liable for wrongdoing
CIA counterterrorism officers have signed up in growing numbers for a government-reimbursed, private insurance plan that would pay their civil judgments and legal expenses if they are sued or charged with criminal wrongdoing.
Former CIA general counsel, Jeffrey H. Smith: More senior people should now be liable, instead of "the officers who carried it out."
"People are worried about a pendulum swing" that could lead to accusations of wrongdoing, said another former CIA officer. In December 2001, with congressional authorization, the CIA expanded the reimbursements to 100 percent for CIA counterterrorism officers. That was about the time J. Cofer Black, then the CIA's counterterrorism chief, told Bush that "the gloves come off" and promised "heads on spikes" in the counterterrorism effort. here
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