To protect the independence of the CIA, its leader must enjoy strong bipartisan support—and that can only come with a nominee who is not disqualified by her deep involvement with and support for torture.
Stephen Rickard is Executive Director of the Open Society Policy Center. Before joining Open Society, Rickard created and ran the Freedom Investment Project and served as director of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights and as Washington director for Amnesty International USA. He served as the senior advisor in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of South Asian Affairs during the Clinton administration. He also worked for Senator Moynihan and the Foreign Relations Committee in the U.S. Senate. In 2011, he was a Franklin Fellow in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. In the 1980s, Rickard worked as a litigator with White & Case in New York, Stockholm, and Washington, D.C. He received his JD from Yale Law School, an MPA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a BA from Adrian College.
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