Not only will some members of the intelligence community be subjected to costly financial and other burdens from what amounts to endless criminal investigations, but this approach will seriously damage the willingness of many other intelligence officers to take risks to protect the country. In our judgment such risk-taking is vital to success in the long and difficult fight against the terrorists who continue to threaten us.
-- Excerpt from Friday's letter from 7 former Directors of the Central Intelligence Agency to President Barack Obama. The 7 signatories were Michael Hayden (above, far right), Porter Goss (above, near right), George Tenet (above left, receiving Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in 2004), John Deutch, R. James Woolsey, William Webster, and James R. Schlesinger. Can't help but note that the 1st 3 would seem to have a very vested interest in the letter's subject matter: All 3 led the CIA during the post-9/11 period that is now the subject of the Justice Department's preliminary inquiry.
(hat tip for text to our Opinio Juris colleague Kenneth Anderson)