USA Today: Prosecutor in terror case controversy sues Ashcroft posted by Rick at 8:12 PM
A federal prosecutor in Detroit is suing the Justice Department alleging "gross mismanagement" of the war on terror, and seeking damages for First Amendment and Privacy Act violations.
Richard Convertino, an Assistant US Attorney in Detroit, worked on the successful prosecution of a case involving an alleged terrorist cell in Detroit, then told a Senate committee he had concerns about the management of the war on terror--whereupon he was targeted by an internal investigation. He alleges that the investigation was launched in retaliation for his testimony, violating his right to free speech.
He also says officials deliberately leaked the identity of a confidential informant in the case, also in retaliation for his testimony.
Just another case of Bush League Machiavellianism, as they callously sacrifice a valuable informant in order to punish one of their own for daring to speak the truth.