Louis Freeh wrote a very interesting column in the Dec. 11 Wall Street Journal titled “Senate Democrats and 9/11 Amnesia.”
In it, he critiques the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report regarding the CIA and the use of enhanced interrogation techniques after the Sept. 11, 2001.
In an epic moment of irony, Freeh questions the validity of the report because the government personnel who approved the interrogation methods were never interviewed.
He states that, “facts matter” and “the failure to interview the three CIA directors and three deputy directors or any other CIA employee constitute a glaring investigative lapse.”
He wonders how the report’s writers could “make such crucial findings solely on the ‘paper record,’ without interviewing the critical players.”
Freeh’s motto should be “Do as I say, not as I do.”
In creating his dubious report on the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Freeh interviewed none of the critical players and he presented speculative conjecture as facts.
The report was used to condemn four good men and created unwarranted NCAA sanctions.
In the Wall Street Journal, Freeh outlines what constitutes good investigative methodology. Unfortunately, and for reasons that remain unknown, he ignored these best practices during his work for Penn State.
The upcoming board of trustees meeting presents yet another opportunity for the trustees — all of them — to act in line with their fiduciary responsibility by siding with truth and honesty.
It’s past time for the board to acknowledge that facts matter.