For The Intelligence Agent Who Has Everything - Insurance
"But why..." you might ask yourself, "...would agents need insurance if they've done nothing wrong?" Well, since it's not clear that the actions of the...say..Abu Grahib interrogators are legal, I can certainly see how, with trials pending, the agents might be getting a bit nervous. Nonetheless this stinks like day old tuna. First, if Bu$hCo was so damn confident of the legality of their actions, then why are they now seeking indemnification for CIA employees from Congress? Second, even if Congress fails to act isn't it the Justice Department's duty defend anyone accused of a crime related to fighting the WoT? You'd think so, but apparently the agents are no so confident, and well they should not be. Bu$hCo has hung numerous military officials out to dry. So why not the agents as well?
In the end though, I don't have much sympathy for the purchasers of these policies, be they FBI, CIA, contractors, or whomever. If you're so frickin' concerned about whether or not you've violated international or domestic surveillance law, then maybe you should just stop what you're doing. These people are certainly not ignorant of the law, and ultimately the responsibility is theirs. Nobody should want to go into court, even with their costs covered, and have to mutter, "I was only following orders."
Cartledge, on the first point...I agree, but what happens if they get indemnification? On the second point, any number of things. There are a thousand (more?) consultancies where a disgraced spook can go and ply their trade.
Lukku, the mind boggles doesn't it?
what people won't do to make a buck these days...
so sad -- really sad
Thanks for your comments.