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House To Probe Never Used CIA Prog

From an ecstatic Associated Press:

House Intel Committee to investigate CIA program

WASHINGTON – The House Intelligence Committee said Friday it will investigate whether the CIA broke the law by not informing Congress promptly about a secret program to deploy teams of killers to target al-Qaida leaders.

Committee Chairman Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, said the hit team plan, which was never carried out, is among several intelligence operations that will be investigated as part of a broad inquiry into the CIA’s handling of disclosures to Congress about its secret activities.

"I intend to make this investigation fair and thorough, and it is my goal that it will not become a distraction to the men and women of the CIA," Reyes said.

CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano said the agency shares that goal and will work closely with the committee on its review.

The House Intelligence Committee will examine concerns that the CIA failed to inform the Senate and House Intelligence committees about former President George W. Bush’s wiretapping program, harsh interrogation techniques and the destruction of interrogation videotapes, according to a committee aide

Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich., the senior Republican on the committee, criticized the investigation as "partisan, political theater." He said he would support a "balanced review," but contended Democrats are prematurely accusing the CIA of breaking the law.

"At no time will the Republicans of this committee agree to or take part in congressional Democrats efforts to tear down the CIA to provide cover for Speaker Pelosi," Hoekstra said in a statement Friday.

He was referring to a frequent GOP talking point accusing House Democrats of trying to bolster House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s accusation that the CIA lied to her about its harsh interrogation program.

The intelligence committee’s investigation was triggered by CIA Director Leon Panetta’s June 24 disclosure about the hit team program in an emergency briefing he called a day after he canceled the program after learning about it the same day.

The CIA’s Counterterrorism Center brought the program to Panetta’s attention last month because it wanted to begin training the teams, according to a government official familiar with the matter. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized the discuss the matter…

They never stop.

The House Intelligence Committee will examine concerns that the CIA failed to inform the Senate and House Intelligence committees about former President George W. Bush’s wiretapping program, harsh interrogation techniques and the destruction of interrogation videotapes, according to a committee aide.

What a pack of lies.

To cite just one example, the CIA briefed Congress, including many top Democrats – including Nancy Pelosi – at least 40 times about their “harsh interrogation techniques.”

He was referring to a frequent GOP talking point accusing House Democrats of trying to bolster House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s accusation that the CIA lied to her about its harsh interrogation program.

What media bias?

The CIA’s Counterterrorism Center brought the program to Panetta’s attention last month because it wanted to begin training the teams, according to a government official familiar with the matter.

Does anyone who is not an employee of the DNC’s lickspittle media (like the AP), believe this?

As we have previously pointed out, the New York Times wrote about this (never implemented) CIA program back in 2002.

But the Democrats in Congress and the Democrats now in charge of the CIA claim to have never heard about it before.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 17th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “House To Probe Never Used CIA Prog”

  1. Reality Bytes says:

    Still don’t get why killing UBL is a problem. Didn’t the mock Bush for 7 yrs for not getting him?!

    • Douglas says:

      You miss the important point. You see killing a terrorist using a UAV = OK. Killing a terrorist using a sniper = bad.

      Gee, it’s so obvious, I don’t see how you missed it. *rolls eyes*

  2. proreason says:

    There must be thousands of “programs” that congress is never informed about.

    It’s part of the CIA’s job to think about multiple alternatives and contingencies?

    Are they supposed to run to Nancy Pelosi every time some operative writes an email with a new idea, many of which end up being brain farts?

    Of all the travesties committed by liberals on this country, the games played by these buffoons with national security are the worst. They better hope I never get elected to office, because if I do, we’re bringing back the guillotine, and the blade will be worn out in a couple of days.

    • conservativegirl says:

      Isn’t it high time we begin using the “t” words for the current leadership since they’re compromising our national security and destroying our economy? Let’s begin with treason

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      traitors
      turds
      terrorist-lovers
      twits
      tinkerbells
      total left loonies
      troglodytes

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Pro this is the common “thought-police” mentality. I remember running into the type most frequently in the military. It’s not what I did that bothered them…it was what I “could possibly do” that made them the most angry, which, of course, was the source of never ending amusement for me.

      So here they want to have a full blown investigation of something that never happened. That’s like detectives coming to your house and checking the place out and you say, “Was there a crime committed here?”

      “Nope, but we have it on good authority that the guy we have in custody was gonna do something here”.

      Not only would that not stand up in “real-people” court (not the made up liberal hippie-crat ones) but even the newscasters would probably have to laugh about it.

      But as you say, it’s one of many things that the CIA put out there to investigate the feasibility of…not something they even actually intended to do. The key to a good operation, such as the CIA is contingency, contingency, contingency….they have to plan, anticipate, out-maneuver, have a plan, a backup plan and a backup backup plan.

      On the face of it, in typical liberal fashion, they are simply venting their hatred of an entity that, to them, is designed to interfere with anyone’s good time. In their make-believe-world, the military, the police, the CIA, the FBI and so many other agencies dedicated to upholding our laws and system of laws make their blood turn cold. Regardless of the fact that if they could disband all of them tomorrow, they would have in their stead an even more vicious, overbearing, over-the-top system to enforce their idea of right and wrong.

      And to me, I think their brownshirts are not that far away…it’s a dream of Blammo’s and though on the back burner, it would serve as a good distraction while he continues to connive and plot to destroy our ability to get medical care without his say-so.

      ACORN is part of it…and I’m sure the possibility has been mentioned to combine all the little satellite Obamabots under one uniform and make them foot soldiers, at least in theory, if not in fact ….yet. I remember reading about that.

      Here…as a matter of fact.

  3. GnuCarSmell says:

    “I intend to make this investigation fair and thorough, and it is my goal that it will not become a distraction to the men and women of the CIA,” Reyes said.

    Idiot. Any investigation is a distraction. Even a legitimate investigation creates upheaval and diverts thousands of man-hours away from the CIA’s job of protecting the nation. To initiate an illegitimate investigation, as Reyes is proposing, goes beyond irresponsible. It’s criminal.

    • bronzeprofessor says:

      I don’t get Panetta. Even if you’re a total rube, why would you inflict this much damage on an agency that YOU HAVE TO RUN?

    • proreason says:

      “why would you inflict this much damage on an agency that YOU HAVE TO RUN?”

      because he was appointed to destroy it, not run it.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      “Get some pro ……… Right on Target!! Fire for effect!!!!”

  4. Media_man says:

    Two things about this worth noting:

    Panetta is a political hack of the lowest order. Any reputation he earned prior to this appointment as a “serious person” has now been utterly destroyed.

    This is good for the GOP. It shows how fatuous the Dems are when it comes to national security. If anything bad happens vis-a-vis national security the Dems will suffer badly for pulling stunts like this.

  5. canary says:

    While we know this is a false accusation, it falls in line with this new rule, no one makes any move without Obama’s okay. Can you imagine our soldiers sitting there with terrorist firing at them, and they can’t do a thing, until a dumb-a** with no military experience, tells them it’s okay.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Johnson and Nixon during Vietnam come to this Marines’ mind right off the bat!!
      (served during Nixons’ term)


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