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]
Boxturtle (How many black helicopters pass over your house on an average day, anyway?)
Oh, out here we’ve got the special privately owned Prince helicopters. They’re fuschia.
Yet another war crime by that SOB!
I wonder why congress is taking this so calmly. Either they approve of the actions in which case no announcement should be made or they should feel lied to and be writing sternly worded letters.
Boxturtle (A skyfull of heavily armed fuschia helicpters…who needs acid!)
I suspect they used this report as leverage over POTUS to give them what they want–further review powers. Now that they got that there’s no need to share the ugly details with the proles.
Maybe thats what we progressives are doing wrong. We try to negoiate with ObamaLLP and they use blackmail.
Boxturtle (Attn Mods: Not sayin’ nuthin, just sayin’)
Two Democratic and one Repug, or more likely two Repug and one Democratic?
Not that we proles have a
rightneed to know.
Well, the Peru shootdown stuff goes back pretty far by itself.
I’m suspicious at Reye’s ability to count. *g*
Or Courtney Littig, spokesperson for HPSCI, the actual author of Reye’s statement.
Later in Reye’s statement (2 page PDF):
4 out of 16?
OT – Via the ACLU Blog:
I still recommend not holding one’s breath.
How about the Lame Drek Congress approach a law eliminating the Statute of Limitations for torture…
Mad Dog revisited: “I still recommend not holding one’s breath.”
Though the thought is enticing, the idea probably has no legal footing because it would be an example of an Ex Post Facto law (IANAL, so legal eagles jump right in if you disagree).
More OT – via John Cole from a Rolling Stone Roundtable between Matt Taibbi and David Gergen:
Gotta admit that like John Cole: “I Would Pay Cash Money To See The Look on Gergen’s Face.”
Too bad the American people’s eyes are kept shut, the better not to know the truth.
The Reyes’ statement is bullshit. Meaningless. Investigations that cannot be shared with the American people… not even a redacted report…
Eyes wide shut.
It’s about retaining power for the Congress? Not sure how that’s going to work if no one faces any significant consequences for not providing timely reports to the Congress on all the law-breaking going on in the Intelligence community…
When will the lines be drawn to connect this power grab, with the Wall St power grab?