Secret Program Fuels CIA-Congress Dispute

Reply Fri 10 Jul, 2009 09:05 am
Four months after he was sworn in, CIA Director Leon E. Panetta learned of an intelligence program that had been hidden from Congress since 2001, a revelation that prompted him to immediately cancel the initiative and schedule a pair of closed-door meetings on Capitol Hill.


Guess the CIA didn't keep congress fully informed after all.
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Reply Fri 10 Jul, 2009 09:34 am
Care to provide a source for this information? What was the program called? Some sort of detail would be useful here ..otherwise this is no better than hearsay.
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Reply Fri 10 Jul, 2009 09:44 am
Well, the source for the article is up above, the source for the information is CIA Director Leon E. Panetta. The story has just been released and details are sketchy and plus still classified to the public (although that may change as time goes on). Apparently those in congress have recently been made aware of the program which had been hidden since 2001 after the attack of 9/11. Republicans in congress (according to the article) are not denying the secret program, just dismissing the relevance of the secret program in terms of the CIA recently claiming to have kept congress informed of all their programs and policies because the programs was not a major tool of the CIA.
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Reply Fri 10 Jul, 2009 10:56 am
Its about time that someone, congress, showed the CIA that they are less powerful than congress. They, the cia, have gotten us in more wars than most politicians.
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Reply Fri 10 Jul, 2009 11:07 am
i loved this line

The official said he was certain that, if the nature of the program could be revealed, it would be seen as "no big deal."

okay, then tell us all about and we'll see if you're right
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Reply Mon 13 Jul, 2009 08:42 am
I am not trying to say any of this is confirmed I just it would be kind of handy to have one place to keep information that may or may not be coming concerning the Bush administration/CIA and other agencies policies of which they kept congress in the dark about and about which they have denied doing in the past.

To that end:

A government report raises new questions about how the Bush White House kept key Justice officials in the dark about the post-Sept. 11 program.

They seemed to have sunk into a pattern with all these kinds of issues, first they would deny any of it, then they would say they kept congress informed and then they would say they had the right to keep such secrets because it fell under presidential powers of which they seemed to have made up as they went along as it suited them and last and kind of all the along the way at the same time, they would say they were justified at whatever they did because of the enemy we faced (real or ones they picked) required us not adhering to previous standards.

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