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Sen. Jim Inhofe criticizes investigation of CIA

CHRIS CASTEEL, Washington Bureau Modified: September 2, 2009 at 8:11 am •  Published: September 2, 2009
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WASHINGTON — Sen. Jim Inhofe said Tuesday that national security could be compromised by a Justice Department inquiry into CIA interrogation methods used in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

The Oklahoma Republican joined others in his party in objecting to Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision last week to authorize a preliminary review of whether some CIA operatives broke the law during interrogations of suspected terrorists in overseas locations. Holder appointed an assistant U.S. attorney based in Connecticut to conduct the review.

Inhofe called the legal review "extremely counterproductive to our intelligence efforts.”

"In the months after 9/11, U.S. intelligence personnel were working in uncharted territory, attempting to collect information on an elusive, nonstate enemy across the globe that had demonstrated the ability to attack our country and kill thousands of Americans,” Inhofe said. "Engaging in an investigation of past practices could have a devastating effect on the future work of our intelligence community.