This column was originally published in December, 2016 in The Cipher Brief and served as a guide to outline the ways in which intelligence officers could responsibly respond to what they considered potentially questionable directives, if ordered. It was written when President Trump was still President-elect and had made questionable comments about using torture to gather intelligence and killing the family members of terrorists – neither of which – as far as we know – he has directed since becoming President. This guide was also written before Lt. General Michael Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI in December, 2017.
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