The AP reports today that the CIA and the Bush Administration, for eight years, decided not to inform Congress of one of its secret programs (still publicly undisclosed). Eight years. And the CIA didn’t even tell Leon Panetta about the program until five months into his tenure as CIA director for the Obama Administration!
Money quote from the AP article:
CIA Director Leon Panetta has terminated a “very serious” covert program the spy agency kept secret from Congress for eight years, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a House Intelligence subcommittee chairwoman, said Friday. Schakowsky is pressing for an immediate committee investigation of the classified program, which has not been described publicly.
Prior to Barack Obama, we had a lawless president grossly abusing his authority, and a CIA in the pocket of that president, didn’t we? And given what the Bush Administration has defended as sane policies in public, can you imagine the horrors that were being withheld from Congress? For eight years. Eight years!
I just feel sick to read this:
Schakowsky described Panetta as “stunned” that he had not been informed of the program until nearly five months into his tenure as director. Panetta had learned of the program only the day before informing the lawmakers, according to a U.S. intelligence official. The official spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because he was not authorized to discuss the program publicly.
Is this the United States we’re talking about? I’m absolutely appalled. Eight years! I don’t know what else to say. Eight.