U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, expressed his opposition to a plan by the Administration to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) officials who interrogated Al Qaeda terrorists, including Khalid Sheik Mohammed, mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. Congressman Dent said the action will have a chilling effect on the CIA’s counterterrorism activities and rebuild walls between law enforcement and intelligence agencies charged with protecting America against terrorists.

“This harmful action by the Justice Department to investigate CIA interrogators – after they had been given legal guidance by the Justice Department on appropriate interrogation methods — is simply outrageous and reflects a pre-9/11 mentality,” Congressman Dent said. “In the eight years since the attacks, America’s intelligence agencies have made great strides to improve intelligence-gathering and information sharing. This action by the Justice Department will have the net effect of weakening intelligence gathering, hampering our counter-terrorism efforts, and ultimately making the nation less safe.”

Congressman Dent is a member of the Intelligence Subcommittee of the Committee on Homeland Security.