Since 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder has been investigating CIA officers who interrogated detainees at overseas locations. We learned this week that CIA interrogators were able to obtain the nickname of Osama bin Laden’s courier through the interrogation of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Faraj al-Libi. Intelligence professionals were able to build on this information, and it eventually led to the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan. CIA Director, Leon Panetta confirmed CIA Director Leon Panetta confirmed that enhanced interrogation of high-value detainees contributed to the intelligence that led to the raid on bin Laden’s compound.
Despite this major victory, the CIA officers who helped locate Osama bin Laden still face the threat of prosecution by the Obama Administration. Yesterday, Debra Burlingame met with President Obama at Ground Zero. When she asked President Obama she asked President Obama if he would ask Attorney General Eric Holder to back off the CIA officers, he said simply:
“No, I won’t,” and turned around and walked away. The CIA officers deserve better than to face possible prosecution by the very government they have devoted their lives to serving.