The insurance industry is gonna love CIA agents. In addition to car insurance, homeowners’ insurance, life and health insurance, they might also be buying — Torture Insurance?!?!?
More and more CIA agents are taking out policies to cover their legal expenses in case they get sued or prosecuted for human rights violations. They’re worried about not being represented by the Justice Department in case they get hauled into court. Talk about being caught in the middle.
With all the conflicting orders they’ve been getting, they’re bound to end up violating a law somewhere. “Geneva Convention!” “War On Tur!” “You don’t get valid information from someone who’s being tortured.” “Crank up the voltage!!”
A former CIA general counsel said “I’m deeply troubled that CIA officers have to buy insurance…There should be clear rules about what the officers can and can’t do. The fault here is with more senior people who authorized interrogation techniques that amount to torture” and should now be liable, instead of “the officers who carried it out.”
Bush is trying to get legislation passed that would exempt CIA agents from being sued or prosecuted for human rights violations, but passage isn’t likely.
For about $300 a year, an insurance policy would pay up to $200,000 in legal expenses and up to $1 million in civil judgments.
Knowing the insurance industry, there’ll be constant battles over what’s covered and what isn’t. “You tortured Habib on a Wednesday. Coverage is specifically excluded under Section J24iii.”