All She Wants is an Apology; Instead the FBI May Come A Knockin’
Previously published at the Brennan Center
One mid-summer week in the nineties, I found myself in the northernmost part of Idaho coaxing white supremacists down from their mountain hideaways. I was the line Democratic counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s special investigation of the incidents at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, a tragic confluence of events that left one US Marshal and a mother and child shot dead on an arid western mountaintop.
So as the Canadian geese began their southern migration, I went out to Idaho with the Committee’s special counsel to interview witnesses and inspect evidence.
Oddly, when our plane to Idaho landed, we found an FBI agent had been on the flight with us. He bird-dogged us through the trip. He was a nice guy, so we didn’t mind too much when he tagged along on some of our field trips. And he certainly didn’t deter us, whatever his intentions.
My thoughts turned to that experience when last week the Senate floor erupted with an extraordinary speech by Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. She detailed what she called a “potential effort” by the CIA “to intimidate [the committee] staff” as it works on a report about the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program.
The CIA’s efforts, according to the Senator, have involved unauthorized searches of Committee computers, and, to put a cherry on top, a Department of Justice referral seeking a further FBI-led investigation of the Senate staff.
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