Revealing

Detainees Shown CIA Agents' Photos

Investigating acts perpetrated by secret agents in secret prisons has never been easy—and The Washington Post reports that attorneys for Gitmo detainees may have broken the law while investigating interrogation techniques at the CIA's "black site" facilities. The Justice Department recently questioned the lawyers about whether they unlawfully provided their clients with photographs of CIA personnel, including undercover agents. The agents' photos were provided by the John Adams Project, an organization affiliated with the ACLU and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; the attorneys were apparently trying to identify their clients' interrogators. ACLU Director Anthony Romero says he does not know which laws the government thinks the military lawyers have broken: "That is the most vexing part of it. Usually when you're read your Miranda rights or visited by the Justice Department or the FBI, you are given some indication as to what laws are at stake." A John Adams Project spokesman said, "The lawyers have a duty to find out what happened to their clients," and blamed the new charges on “certain agencies” wanting "to insulate themselves from accountability." The Justice Department has not yet determined whether the lawyers breached laws governing classified information.