CIA Secretly Breaking the Law with Impunity Again

Apparently, the Jan Schakowsky’s House Subcommittee completed its investigations of all the times the CIA failed to inform the Gang of Eight about covert ops and in other ways broke the law. Apparently, that investigation found “several instances” where CIA failed for follow the law procedures. But you can’t know precisely what those violations are, because they’re secret.

Here’s Silvestre Reyes’ statement on the investigation.

Today, the Committee officially completed its investigation into the congressional notification practices of the Intelligence Community by voting to adopt a final report presented by Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chair Jan Schakowsky.

In its investigation, the Committee examined sixteen specific instances, spanning three Administrations, in which the Community did not provide Congress with complete, timely, and accurate information about intelligence activities. The Committee also examined federal law and regulations concerning the provision of information about intelligence activities to Congress; congressional notification policies, practices, and procedures across the Intelligence Community; and whether those contributed to any past notification failures.

The findings, I believe, are impressive and eye-opening. The report details the facts uncovered by the investigation in a thorough and even-handed manner. Its analysis is careful and well-founded. Its conclusions and recommendations are reasonable. I commend Ms. Schakowsky and her staff for their excellent work.

Given the sensitive nature of the investigation’s core issues, the content of the report is classified. I can say, though, that in several specific instances, certain individuals did not adhere to the high standards set forth by the Intelligence Community and its agencies. It’s the Committee’s aim to have these standards implemented on an official level, through policy, procedure, or law.

I am pleased to note that several of the recommendations contained in this report, including Gang of Eight reform, were largely enacted back in October when the President signed the FY2010 Intelligence Authorization Act into law.

Finally, let me emphasize that the Committee supports the efforts of the intelligence workforce in its difficult mission to keep America safe. And, while there may be differences of opinion with respect to specific findings, I think that all members can agree that the Committee must be kept fully and currently informed of significant intelligence activities in order to assist the Intelligence Community and keep them well-resourced. [my emphasis]

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emptywheel @John_de_Vashon So he'll get sent back to NV...
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emptywheel @Kyle_Feldscher Journos usu pretty good at tracking tie bt efficacy and minimal # of bodies at least for their profession @sbagen @Meholland
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emptywheel @Kyle_Feldscher It's still just a layoff, not a culture change. It still has hugely detrimental impact on oversight @sbagen @Meholland
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emptywheel @sbagen The kind of culture change that leads press to join corporate funded firms that will even spin Let them eat cake as a positive
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emptywheel .@sbagen Flacking is flacking. It really OUGHT to piss off press in MI, however, seeing big journo layoffs described as "culture change"
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emptywheel Interesting Q: Is Cliven going to stay in OR district or will he be sent back to the pokey in NV?
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emptywheel @AliWatkins That's a story unto itself. WH's been successful at minimizing degree to which CIA obstruction abt protecting WH @Krhawkins5
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emptywheel @jpokeefe Actually @raynetoday did that, but any help is welcome!
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emptywheel Gov's flack points to downsizing of state press & consequent inattention to boss' action as worthy culture change https://t.co/SumgwWaFwT
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