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Letter: Why prosecute the CIA?

The administration is currently debating whether or not to criminally prosecute agents of the Central Intelligence Agency for the treatment of captured enemy terrorists. Choosing to prosecute them holds reckless and willful disregard for both the short-term and long-range effects of punishing those who swore to protect our country.

There is a similar story recorded in the Bible. King David's son Absalom led a rebellion against David. A civil war ensued, the rebellion was stopped, and Absalom was killed. David, hearing the news, wept, "My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you" (2 Samuel 18:33). When the victorious army returned and heard David weeping, the soldiers behaved like they had been defeated in battle.

One of his commanders rebuked David for his behavior. David's life and family had been saved yet his weeping made his men feel ashamed for their victory. "You seem to love those who hate you, and hate those who love you... Now go out there and congratulate the troops, for I swear by Jehovah that if you don't, not a single one of them will remain here during the night" (2 Samuel 19:6-7). So David encouraged his troops.

There is no real difference for the CIA. These highly skilled men working in the intelligence agencies have protected us from further attacks. Yet they are told not to make it too tough on our enemies who seek to destroy us. Men who lawfully did their job during the time following 9-11 are now told that they may be prosecuted under a new set of rules.

If we prosecute the men who have protected us from another attack, should we then be surprised that they are not as devoted to their jobs or even resign? When we are attacked again because our defenses are lowered, whom will we blame?

We should not blame our protectors because it seems to me that some in leadership are more concerned about the "rights" of the terrorists than the rights of citizens.

Allen L. Wold