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The Unaddressed Terrorism Threats

"In a city known for lots of lawyers and niche law firms in all aspects of government practice, Washington now has a firm that specializes in suing the CIA and other intelligence agencies on behalf of disgruntled employees and
the media."
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A1211-2002Nov4.html

The Unaddressed Terrorism Threats
(washingtonpost.com)

Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 4, 2002; 9:07 AM

Lawyers Willing to Take on the Agency

In a city known for lots of lawyers and niche law firms in all aspects of government practice, Washington now has a firm that specializes in suing the CIA and other intelligence agencies on behalf of disgruntled employees and
the media.

Roy Kreiger, 48, a former Justice Department litigator, and Mark Zaid, 35, a jack-of-all-trades national security litigator, joined forces several months back on the theory that their experience would be mutually reinforcing.

Krieger is currently representing 15 current and former CIA employees who claim the agency has systematically interfered with their right to retain counsel in security investigations and employment disputes. He is hoping to
get the case certified in U.S. District Court as a class action suit seeking remedies on behalf of all CIA employees.

Zaid, meanwhile, is scheduled to argue the case of Danny B. Stillman, the former intelligence chief at Los Alamos National Laboratory, next week before the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District. Zaid filed suit on Stillman's behalf last year alleging that the Department of Energy, the Pentagon and the CIA were blocking publication of a 500-page manuscript about his meetings with Chinese nuclear weapons scientists.

In litigating the case, a District Court judge ordered the government to give Zaid, who has a security clearance, access to information in Stillman's manuscript the government considers classified. The government refused-and
Zaid took the matter to the Court of Appeals.

Krieger and Zaid followed similar paths to national security law. After leaving the Justice Department and joining a firm in Northern Virginia, Krieger was approached in late 1996 by a CIA operations officer who just
walked into his office and said he needed a lawyer.

While the exact nature of the case is still a closely guarded secret, Krieger obtained what he describes only as a "favorable settlement" for the officer. "After that, our name apparently became known at the CIA as lawyers
who are willing to take on the agency-and the floodgates have opened," Krieger said.

Zaid filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit on behalf of Michael Scott, the son of the late Winston Scott, CIA station chief in Mexico who died in 1971. Winston Scott had written his memoirs shortly before his death.

When he died, his manuscript was confiscated by James Jesus Angleton, the legendary CIA counterintelligence chief. Zaid's quest to obtain the manuscript for Michael Scott led to other FOIA cases. And after Zaid represented an employee at the Defense Intelligence Agency in an employment discrimination case, other DIA clients soon followed.

"I admire and respect the intelligence community a great deal, and the men and women who work within it," Zaid said. "At the same time, I see numerous abuses in the intelligence community that require a remedy. And I firmly
believe the intelligence community needs to be held accountable."
 
 

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