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Steven Aftergood on “Traitor”

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Steven Aftergood of Secrecy News has posted a thoughtful review of Jesselyn Radack’s new memoir Traitor: The Whistleblower and the American Taliban. In Aftergood’s words:

In 2001, Ms. Radack was a Justice Department attorney and specialist in legal ethics. In response to an official inquiry, she advised that the newly captured John Walker Lindh, the so-called “American Taliban,” should not be interrogated without an attorney present — which he then was anyway. When Department officials publicly denied having received any such legal advice, and even destroyed evidence to the contrary, she exposed the deception.

Ms. Radack was not looking for a fight, but only to do the right thing. For her trouble, she was forced out of her Justice Department position, put under criminal investigation, fired from her subsequent job, reported to the state bar, and put on the “no fly” list.

Radack now works for the Government Accountability Project, a legal organization dedicated to supporting whistleblowers, which we looked at recently in a related post on the government’s ongoing abuse of anti-terrorism laws to stifle constitutionally-protected speech.

Mr. Aftergood’s full review is here.


Written by Mesocosm

April 16, 2012 at 3:42 pm