The top CIA lawyer mentioned and central to the comments Feinstein made about the ongoing unethical and illegal actions of the CIA is Robert Eatinger.
The Guardian has an article following the comments and what has transpired since.
From the Guardian article:
“Eatinger, a longtime agency lawyer with counter-terrorism experience, was cited on Monday by the panel’s chairwoman, Dianne Feinstein of California, in her seminal speech lashing out at the CIA. Without naming him, Feinstein indicated he was instrumental in the agency’s now-abandoned torture practices, and had been cited over 1,600 times in the classified Senate torture investigation.
Feinstein said Eatinger, whom senators have taken care not to name, had alerted the Justice Department to her staff’s removal of a CIA document from a classified facility – which both Feinstein and Udall cite as a conflict of interest.
Ahead of Krass’s arrival at the CIA, Udall called on Eatinger to immediately recuse himself from any internal matters related to either the torture inquiry or the Senate panel generally. “We need to correct the record on the CIA’s coercive detention and interrogation program and declassify the Senate intelligence committee’s exhaustive study of it. I released my hold on Caroline Krass’s nomination today and voted for her to help change the direction of the agency,” Udall said in a statement on Thursday.
In a statement, CIA director John Brennan said was “extremely pleased” that the Senate had confirmed Krass, and praised Eatinger as “an exemplary public servant who has demonstrated throughout his career exceptional competence and integrity”.”
Considering what has come to light publicly I wonder just how long Brennan will remain as the CIA Director. I suggest within the next year he will make a statement he wants to now spend more time with family and friends and pursue some new interests. Which is all good because he is corrupt as well.
Transcript of Feinstein’s speech today in reference to the CIA illegal search, seizure of files and intimidation of the Senate intelligence committee staff members.
If you read the transcript which is very informative about our government and the CIA you will see toward the end the following:
“I should note that for most if not all of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program, the now-acting general counsel was a lawyer in the CIA’s counterterrorism center, the unit within which the CIA managed and carried out this program. From mid-2004 until the official termination of the detention and interrogation program in January 2009, he was the unit’s chief lawyer. He is mentioned by name more than 1,600 times in our study.
And now, this individual is sending a crimes report to the Department of Justice on the actions of Congressional staff — the same Congressional staff who researched and drafted a report that details how CIA officers, including the acting general counsel himself, provided inaccurate information to the Department of Justice about the program.”
This is the kind of stuff that is supposedly (wink, wink, nod, nod) fiction.
I am trying to locate the name of this individual. If someone knows please share.
CIA Director has already commented that her comments and accusation “that’s just beyond the scope of reason.”