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Congress Demands Answers On CIA Tapes

From those champions of protecting CIA officers at the Associated Press:

Congress wants answers on CIA tapes

By CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – White House lawyers have advised President Bush’s spokeswoman not to answer specific questions about why the CIA destroyed tapes of terror suspects under interrogation, as Congress seeks answers about the matter.

The Justice Department and the CIA’s internal watchdog are conducting a joint inquiry into the spy agency’s destruction of videotaped interrogations of two suspected terrorists, to determine whether a full investigation is warranted…

Democrats and some Republicans expressed skepticism about CIA claims that tapes of the questioning of two terrorism suspects were destroyed only to protect the identity of the interrogators

Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, a Democratic presidential candidate and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called for a special counsel. “I just think it’s clearer and crisper and everyone will know what the truth is,” he said.

That view was not shared by fellow Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, or a number of other prominent Democrats.

“I don’t think there’s a need for a special counsel, and I don’t think there’s a need for a special commission,” Rockefeller said. “It is the job of the intelligence committees to do that.”

The spy agency destroyed the tapes in November 2005, at a time when human rights groups and lawyers for detainees were clamoring for information about the agency’s secret detention and interrogation program, and Congress and U.S. courts were debating whether “enhanced interrogation” crossed the line into torture.

Rockefeller, citing the confidentiality of certain intelligence briefings, said he could not comment on the existence of any other interrogation tapes. He said CIA Director Michael Hayden would appear before his committee Tuesday…

The answer for Congress is the Constitution, and the doctrine of separation of powers.

Since no laws have been broken whatsoever, Congress has no say in how the executive branch runs its business.

Remember, this is the same Congress that was up in arms when the FBI raided Congressman William “Cold Cash” Jefferson’s office, in the course of investigating a crime — actually several crimes.

The CIA has the right and indeed the duty to protect its employees from exposure. Weren’t the Democrats just lecturing us about this during the phony Plame scandal?

They are shameless. And they have the memories of Mayflies.

But that seems to be the minimum requirement for being a Democrat Congress-thing.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, December 10th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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