Department of Justice has strenuously argued that
it could not release the names of detainees -
even those who had not been charged or accused
of terrorism - because doing so would harm national
security. In a sworn affidavit, James Reynolds,
then a top Justice Department official, argued
that when people detained as part of a terrorist
investigation are publicly identified, "terrorist
organizations with whom they have a connection
may refuse to deal further with them. This could
eliminate valuable sources of information for
the investigation. It would similarly impair the
government's ability to infiltrate terrorist organizations
engaged in ongoing criminal activities." Apparently,
this does not apply if the disclosure suits the
administration's political agenda.
week, the administration was desperate to justify
their decision to raise the threat level to orange
in three states based on activity that occurred
over three years ago. National Security Advisor
Condoleezza Rice admitted yesterday that the administration
- during a background briefing to reporters -
identified Mohammed Naeem Noor Khan as the source
of the information that prompted the terror alert.
According to Reuters, Khan "had been actively
cooperating with intelligence agents to help catch
al-Qaida operatives when his name appeared in
U.S. newspapers" His identification by the
administration likely "cost the United States
a valuable source."
"James Reynolds Affidavit," Chief, Terrorism and
Violent Crime Section, Criminal Division, DOJ,
2. "CNN Late Edition With Wolf Blitzer," CNN,
3. "Pakistan: U.S. Blew Undercover Operation,"
MSNBC, 08/06/04, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1208987&l=49607.
4. "U.S. Says Man Had Ties to Plot to Disrupt
Vote," New York Times, 8/8/04, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1208987&l=49608.
Posted: August 17, 2004