Breaking: Most Journalists Mis-Report Release of OLC Memos

President Obama has finally — after 2 years and 14 requests — agreed to let the intelligence committees see the Office of Legal Counsel Memos that authorize the lethal targeting of US citizens.

Kudos to Ron Wyden for having the tenacity to see that this, at least, happened.

But as big a story as this is, perhaps an equally significant story is the way it is being misreported.

First, even though quotes of Obama and direct statements from Dianne Feinstein and Ron Wyden refer to memos, plural, people persist in reporting that there is one memo.

Second, in spite of the fact that Obama has only acceded to letting the two Intelligence Committees have access to the memos, most media outlets are reporting that “Congress” will get the memos. Congress consists of 535 people elected by citizens. The Intelligence Committees consist of 35 people selected by party leaders. Among those 35 are Michelle Bachmann and Lynn Westmoreland.

And while on the Senate side, non-Intelligence Committee Senators can usually arrange to see such classified materials, it at least used to be that on the House side Members had to ask politely. And even still, the most responsible reporters are saying terms of this kind of access is still to be determined.

Ah well. At least 35 men and women can know what might get you and I killed. But you and I aren’t allowed to know yet.

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emptywheel Dunno how many times we'll smile as the Saudis arm jihadist groups before we'll learn.
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emptywheel "Aides of POTUS as increasingly concerned arms may end up w/indivs & groups that have questionable motives" http://t.co/z25xnmPHT3 AKA AQAP
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bmaz RT @MotherJones: The inside story of the complicity of docs and psychologists in America's torture program. http://t.co/B0FTKeERuz http://t…
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bmaz @Pachacutec_ The least criminal option anyway.
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bmaz @chriswnews @Rachel__Nichols Either that or all press should ignore Mayweather and act like he is not there.
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bmaz RT @chriswnews: (Cont) 2nd, 3rd, 4th ?s should be the types of ?s the banned journos would ask. #MayPac @Rachel__Nichols
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bmaz RT @chriswnews: Should be no "misunderstanding" @ post #MayPac news conf. 1st ? to Mayweather should be abt journo ban, not the fight(cont)…
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bmaz Is there some ostensible reason for curfew in Baltimore tonight, or is just bonus opportunity fro cops to gratuitously take out frustration?
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bmaz @JWGOP Go
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bmaz No no, this is perfect. https://t.co/pwT8czCu5z
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bmaz RT @Edelman11: @RobGronkowski @DannyAmendola @Zegna left derby now to the fight rocking out to that #geazy #patsboomsqaud http://t.co/82njP
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bmaz @JamesFallows See, here in AZ after the attys are done examining a witness, jurors can submit questions that judge then asks of the witness
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