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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

CrimProf Scott Silliman Discusses Judge's Ruling to Allow CIA Agents to Wear Disguises While Testifying

SillimansFrom MyrtleBeachonline.com: Duke University's Center on Law, Ethics and National Security Director and CrimProf Scott Silliman discusses U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Boyle's decision to allow career CIA agents to testify in disguises and under fictictious names in the assault trial of a former civilian CIA contractor David Passaro charged with beating an Afghan detainee who later died.

"I see in Judge Boyle's statements his attempt to say this is an important trial and the public ought to be witness to it. Some media organizations began bracing for a fight months ago, expecting that much of the trial would be conducted secretly. But that hasn't happened and the CIA hasn't been subjected to much public scrutiny because it is "an assault case and nothing more," Silliman said

"What we're seeing in the Passaro trial is that the CIA as a government entity is trying to distance itself as much as possible from David Passaro by saying what he did he did outside the scope of what is expected of a CIA contractor," the professor said. "We have never thought that the outer lawyers of the (agency) would be peeled from the CIA in this case. It might be different if you were dealing with a CIA operative, an actual agent." Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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