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CIA Officer Liability Insurance

From today’s Washington Post (reg req).

CIA counterterrorism officers have signed up in growing numbers for a government-reimbursed, private insurance plan that would pay their civil judgments and legal expenses if they are sued or charged with criminal wrongdoing, according to current and former intelligence officials and others with knowledge of the program.

The article goes on to note that CIA officers are not sure how the Department of Justice will defend them in civil suits arising out of alleged prisoner mistreatment.  The President has asked for legislation that would grant officers immunity, but they are opposed by Democrats and "dissident" Republicans.

The insurance referred to in the article is priced at $300 for $200,000 in legal expenses and $1 million in liability coverage.  Just to provide a comparison, a $1 Million liability umbrella coverage from a large nationwide insurer has a price of about $100–150.  Thus, while seemingly inexpensive, this CIA liability coverage is not really “cheap insurance” as the insurer expects the risks to be greater than a typical person’s liability risk. 





Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute


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