Five Additional Questions for Jim Comey

Colleen Rowley has a great list of questions Jim Comey should be asked today in his confirmation hearing (I’ll be live-tweeting it, so follow the twitter feed over there. >>>>>>

Here are five questions I would add:

  1. The May 10, 2005 torture authorization you signed off (as well as the Combined of the same date one you objected to) on was retrospective. What were the circumstances of the treatment of this detainee? Was that detainee water-boarded, in spite of CIA claims only Abu Zubaydah, Ibn Rahim al-Nashiri, and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed were?
  2. Do you believe the High Value Interrogation Group (HIG) should be authorized to use “separation,” including modified sleep deprivation, to coerce confessions?
  3. Do you believe it legal or advisable to delay presentment for detainees interrogated by HIG so as to set up up to two weeks of unsupervised interrogation?
  4. FBI has used the Section 215 authorization — the same law used to collect every American’s phone data — to collect lists of common products that on very rare occasions have been used as precursors to explosives. They could and may well have used the same authority with pressure cookers. Is collecting such a broad sweep of innocent activity in pursuit of terrorists the best way to identify them? What do you believe the appropriate use of Section 215 authority is?
  5. Through the entire financial crisis, it appears the FBI did not use all the investigative tools available, including (with two or three notable exceptions) wiretaps and phone and Internet tracking, when investigating large financial institutions. This appears to be true even when, as with your former employer HSBC, the institution had clear ties to terrorists and Transnational Criminal Organizations. What tools do you believe appropriate to investigate large financial institutions and do you plan to change the approach to investigating financial crime?
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bmaz @downwithtyranny @_ShannonINC Although, as true as that is, the sparseness of the original is also pretty endearing in a different way.
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emptywheel @zappin_liberals Not at all. Just pointing out that you're a hypocrite. I've covered both scandals. Care to talk about Sheldon Adelson?
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emptywheel For those in Chicago: Come hear me and Bill Binney speak next Tuesday. https://t.co/zsMjz1oPSP
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bmaz @_ShannonINC Some of BOC's later albums were actually WAY better than popularly given credit for cc: @downwithtyranny #EarlyAlbumsIncredible
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emptywheel @joanneleon Right. For all the OTHER corruption he was involved in, rather surprised by his sloppiness here.
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emptywheel @zappin_liberals Yeah. They were going back in and modifying, too! Hell we could go back to Poppy's missing emails! Want to talk those?
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emptywheel @zappin_liberals Wasn't sure if you meant Bush's missing emails, Yoo's, or Hillary's. It's so hard to tell, of course.
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emptywheel @bellwak That would prolly still be Hastert. And $90K is pretty good for median income. @dick_nixon
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emptywheel @bellwak I said "from his or her." If I had to bet I'd use "his," but we don't know that yet.
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emptywheel "I've just done something bad in my small home town! I think I'll move to DC and run the House page program."
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emptywheel Poof! How quickly they forget. https://t.co/U9ZrggbKDo
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