|HOME | PUBLICATIONS | ATTORNEY PROFILE | LEGAL SERVICES | FAQ | CONTACT|
The Bothwell Letter
CIA Lawyer Regrets He Didn’t Protest Torture –
The CIA’s recently retired top lawyer has confided to former colleagues that he regrets having failed to oppose the torture policies of the Bush administration. In remarks made last month but not published until now, John Rizzo, who acted as CIA general counsel in 2004-2009, told a closed-door dinner meeting at the Army Navy Club in Washington, “We didn’t press the White House hard enough to open that up to brief the full intelligence committees,” adding, “That, in retrospect, was stupid.”
Just telling the “gang of 8” congressional leaders allowed insufficient oversight, he said, noting that even the “8” get no briefings on Department of Defense “special action” covert operations. He went on, “Telling the full committees is not only good government – it’s the best way to protect the agencies. I regret that when I was in a position to push back on enhanced interrogation, I did not do so.”
Naval War College Official Sees Security in Arms Cuts
The nation’s security is enhanced by steps toward global nuclear disarmament, Commander James Kraska of the Naval War College told a fall workshop at Fordham law school. U.S. strategic nuclear posture wisely focuses the prime threats – nuclear terrorism and proliferation, said Kraska, who ran the Joint Chiefs of Staff international negotiations division in 2007-2008.
JFK’s Heroism Recalled by Navy Officer Who Rescued Him
Sons of the American Revolution Elect Bothwell President
Members of the San Francisco chapter of Sons of the American Revolution on Nov. 18 elected Atty. Tony Bothwell to serve as chapter president for 2011. The national Sons of the American Revolution was founded in San Francisco July 4, 1876. Member-ship is open to lineal descendants of patriots who were involved with the war for American independence, 1775-1783. The nonpolitical organization conducts patriotic ceremonies and supports educational programs on American history and government.
Lawsuit Filed Three Weeks Prior to San Bruno Explosion
On Aug. 17, Atty. Tony Bothwell filed a lawsuit charging that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. retaliated against a safety official in the firm’s Gas Transmission Department for reporting that natural-gas line workers were under-trained and under-equipped. Supervisors allegedly confined the whistleblower for two days in a Stockton hotel room, took his car keys, conducted all-day hostile interrogation, and threatened to fire him.
‘pressure then increased’
Sept. 13 Bothwell said on KGO-TV, “If the pressure in the line inadvertently is allowed to go too high because of the performance of a worker who’s not sufficiently trained, then there is a public safety issue.”
The Bothwell Letter
home | publications | attorney profile | legal services | frequently asked questions | disclaimer
The information on this website is intended as informational in nature and
is not to be regarded as legal advice, for consultation please contact us.
© 2002-2009 Anthony P.X. Bothwell Attorney at Law