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Corruptocrat AG Eric Holder and his terror-coddling DOJ, Pt. 9,899

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By Michelle Malkin  •  March 15, 2010 02:51 PM

Three must-read items following up on themes and stories I’ve been covering for you since day one of the reign of corruptocrat AG Eric Holder at Obama’s DOJ:

In August 2009, I reported on the ACLU’s spying project: Operation CIA Paparazzi and hit again on the story here.

The Washington Times reports today that the DOJ and CIA are at war over a probe of the ACLU’s blabbermouth program unmasking the CIA interrogators and secretly photographing them in their homes — pics which they shared with their jihadi suspect clients.

The CIA and Justice Department are fighting over a secret investigation into a controversial program by legal supporters of Islamist terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay that involved photographing CIA interrogators and showing the pictures to prisoners, an effort CIA officials say threatens the officers’ lives.

The dispute prompted a meeting Tuesday at CIA headquarters between U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald and senior CIA counterintelligence officials. It is the latest battle between the agency and the department over detainees and interrogations of terrorists.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. angered many CIA officials and Republicans in Congress by reopening an investigation last August into whether CIA interrogators acted illegally in questioning senior al Qaeda detainees.

According to U.S. officials familiar with the issue, the current dispute involves Justice Department officials who support an effort led by the American Civil Liberties Union to provide legal aid to military lawyers for the Guantanamo inmates. CIA counterintelligence officials oppose the effort and say giving terrorists photographs of interrogators has exposed CIA personnel and their families to possible terrorist attacks.

As part of the disagreement, a senior Justice Department national security official removed himself from the counterintelligence probe last week after opposing CIA security worries.

Donald Vieira, a former Democratic counsel on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence who in September became chief of staff at the Justice Department’s National Security Division, recused himself from the counterintelligence investigation into the recent discovery of photographs of CIA interrogators in the possession of defense lawyers at the prison in Cuba.

John Adamses, my foot.

On a related front, Debra Burlingame and Thomas Joscelyn have an explosive piece in the WSJ on Gitmo’s Indefensible Lawyers (background on the national security stone wall here.) Make sure you read the whole thing.

It will make this piece all the more snort-worthy: “AG Holder: DOJ ‘On The Right Path’ Toward Open Government.”

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