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AP: Bush Kept Secret Program Secret!

From an outraged Associated Press:

Report: Too few officials knew of surveillance

By Pamela Hess, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – Not enough relevant officials were aware of the size and depth of an unprecedented surveillance program started under President George W. Bush, let alone signed off on it, a team of federal inspectors general found.

The Bush White House pulled in a great quantity of information far beyond the warrantless wiretapping previously acknowledged, the IGs reported. They questioned the legal basis for the effort but shielded almost all details on grounds they’re still too secret to reveal.

The report, mandated by Congress last year and delivered to lawmakers Friday, also says it’s unclear how much valuable intelligence the program has yielded.

On the subject of oversight, the report particularly criticizes John Yoo, a deputy assistant attorney general who wrote legal memos defending the policy…

The report, compiled by five inspectors general, refers to "unprecedented collection activities" by U.S. intelligence agencies under an executive order signed by Bush after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Just what those activities involved remains classified, but the IGs pointedly say that any continued use of the secret programs must be "carefully monitored."

Most of the intelligence leads generated under what was known as the "President’s Surveillance Program" did not have any connection to terrorism, the report said. But FBI agents told the authors that the "mere possibility of the leads producing useful information made investigating the leads worthwhile."

In the wake of the new report, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt, renewed his call Friday for a formal nonpartisan inquiry into the government’s information-gathering programs

House Democrats are pressing for legislation that would expand congressional access to secret intelligence briefings, but the White House has threatened to veto it.

What a shock.

Hand-picked Obama ‘Inspectors General’ have found that Mr. Bush limited the information about a vital national security program to be who had a need to know.

That, in fact, is the essence of good security.

But of course these IGs would say what thought thought Mr. Obama wanted to hear.

After all, they want to hold onto their jobs.

Just what those activities involved remains classified…

Which they would not remain, if the Democrats have their way.

Most of the intelligence leads generated under what was known as the "President’s Surveillance Program" did not have any connection to terrorism, the report said. But FBI agents told the authors that the "mere possibility of the leads producing useful information made investigating the leads worthwhile."

Gee, that is a shock.

We would have thought that everything that was tried would have netted valuable intelligence information without fail.

Obviously these Inspectors General are real mavens in the field of intelligence gathering.

And they, like that famous keeper of secrets, Patrick Leahy, have only the nation’s national security at heart.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, July 11th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “AP: Bush Kept Secret Program Secret!”

  1. jrmcdonald says:

    Congress passed the ‘patriot act’ and Bush used it. Did Pelosi forget she was briefed on, and voted for, this also?

  2. proreason says:

    Quiz: what do our congressional representatives value most:

    1. The security of the country
    2. Their own lifetime sinecures that make them wealthy and powerful beyond dreams.

    Just rhetorical, of course.

  3. bronzeprofessor says:

    With all the leaks that occurred, I’m proud of Bush for keeping this stuff secret. Good job, W. Some of us miss you a bunch already.

  4. jobeth says:

    What?! You mean to tell me that Bush didn’t know ahead of time that the information he would obtain via intelligence would or wouldn’t have ties to terrorism? Why….he should have just known…!

    And then he didn’t tell the “leaking” (read that gushing) congress what he found out!

    Tsk, tsk, What’s this world coming to? Think about that. A president who actually does what is best for the country! No wonder the libs hated him.

    If this wasn’t sadly real, it would be hilarious!

  5. canary says:

    Obama’s big mouth on telling the world our soldiers were leaving, endangered them, and lead to massive massacres in Iraq.
    Obama let the world see the U.S. map where our nuclear facilites are located.
    Obama is not competent to run this country. He’s a runaway train.

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    For as much as the left loooooves a secret………..are there any pictures to go along with the secrets? This way when the anonymous left turd drops the bomb, it will be illustrated so well that our enemies won’t have any questions as to what we was hiding from them.

    Somebody tell the left to STOP doing us a favor by dropping our secrets at the enemies feet!! Grrrrrrrrrrrrr…………….

  7. proreason says:

    I never bother to read any “news” from the local paper anymore, or even look at the headlines for that matter.

    But I did notice the headline whild I was in the grocery store today.

    “Cheney linked to Secrecy”

    No shit. That was the headline.

    What next?…….”Bush reported to have eaten regularly while in White House”….”Cheney breathed while sleeping in the Vice President’s residence”.


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