Lawyer Who Filed Crime Report against SSCI Staffer, Robert Eatinger, Complains about Lack of Trust

Robert Eatinger, whose name was redacted 1,600 times in the Senate Torture report, and who went on to file a crime report against Senate staffers for using materials provided to them by CIA, is complaining about lack of trust in this summary of Edward Snowden’s role in surveillance debates.

“The loss in trust with the U.S. public and businesses has a real operational effect. Despite Hollywood portrayals, U.S. intelligence has limited authorities, personnel, and resources,” Robert Eatinger, former senior deputy general counsel at the CIA, said. “Our intelligence agencies depend on the willingness of U.S. persons and companies to provide information and assistance, either voluntarily or through a contract mechanism. A loss in trust reduces the number of Americans willing to assist our intelligence agencies. It reduces not only voluntary assistance but also the number of companies willing to enter into contracts.”

“We have seen recent examples of major U.S. companies not only declining to help U.S. intelligence, but activity seeking to frustrate it. Perhaps the most obvious is Twitter, Inc.’s recent directive to the data analytics company Dataminr to cease selling data, not precisely defined in the press reporting, to U.S. intelligence agencies,” Eatinger added.

At least according to Twitter, this is a false representation of what has happened. Twitter says that its policy on Dataminr selling data to the intelligence community is longstanding, not a recent change.

Constitution Project’s Katherine Hawkins actually tried to have Eatinger’s name unredacted in the released summary via the formal process to do so, with no luck.

I can think of few things that have eroded trust in recent years than the serial coverups of CIA’s torture, in which Eatinger has had a central role.

So I guess they went to the expert in eroding trust.

Marcy has been blogging full time since 2007. She’s known for her live-blogging of the Scooter Libby trial, her discovery of the number of times Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded, and generally for her weedy analysis of document dumps.

Marcy Wheeler is an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties. She writes as emptywheel at her eponymous blog, publishes at outlets including the Guardian, Salon, and the Progressive, and appears frequently on television and radio. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit, a primer on the CIA leak investigation, and liveblogged the Scooter Libby trial.

Marcy has a PhD from the University of Michigan, where she researched the “feuilleton,” a short conversational newspaper form that has proven important in times of heightened censorship. Before and after her time in academics, Marcy provided documentation consulting for corporations in the auto, tech, and energy industries. She lives with her spouse and dog in Grand Rapids, MI.

4 replies
  1. SpaceLifeForm says:

    OT: site has new bugs it appears (or maybe a new feature?)
    OT: re: Saudi-held us debt

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_and_short_scales

    The truth is likely trillions (short scale)

    OT: Vice story. Maybe NSA3 inside. Email headers morphing?
    Yes, if inside NSA internally all email servers are
    securely compartmentalized, then *some* of the lack of internal
    communications *might* be explainable. But timestamps as an
    explanation. No f-en way.

    Email servers re-writing email headers on the fly? Sure. And
    I am quite certain that NSA had lots of practice with that. After all,
    the internet is their testbed.

    So, who is watching the watchers? And which watchers can be trusted
    to watch what they are supposed to watching?

  2. martin says:

    quote”“Our intelligence agencies depend on the willingness of U.S. persons and companies to provide information and assistance, either voluntarily or through a contract mechanism. A loss in trust reduces the number of Americans willing to assist our intelligence agencies. It reduces not only voluntary assistance but also the number of companies willing to enter into contracts.”

    Orwell must be shuddering. Loss in trust. Hahahahhaaha.. “reduces the number of Americans willing to assist our intelligence agencies.”

    Folks.. let this be a lesson in WHO in our government are certifiable psychopathic wannabe tyrants. Anna must be shedding tears.

  3. martin says:

    ps.. quote”I can think of few things that have eroded trust in recent years than the serial coverups of CIA’s torture, in which Eatinger has had a central role.”unquote

    I’m positive he hasn’t got a clue that his progeny..if he has any.. will not only spit on his grave, but piss on it as well.

  4. GKJames says:

    “… either voluntarily or through a contract mechanism.” What’s the involuntary contract mechanism suggested here?

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