Thursday, July 9, 2009

Panetta Comes Clean (Sort of): "CIA Deceived Congress for Years"

Democrats Say C.I.A. Deceived Congress
July 8, 2009

WASHINGTON — The director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Leon E. Panetta, has told the House Intelligence Committee in closed-door testimony that the C.I.A. concealed “significant actions” from Congress from 2001 until late last month, seven Democratic committee members said. In a June 26 letter to Mr. Panetta discussing his testimony, Democrats said that the agency had “misled members” of Congress for eight years about the classified matters, which the letter did not disclose. “This is similar to other deceptions of which we are aware from other recent periods,” said the letter, made public late Wednesday by Representative Rush D. Holt, Democrat of New Jersey, one of the signers. ...



"Jackie Mason, Humorless Obama-Hater," Huffington Post, Jul 7, 2009‎ - Mason has also said that Nancy Pelosi "looks like a deranged pig in heat." Mason has been a right-winger for some time ...

"Dems table Pelosi-CIA inquiry," Politico, Patrick O'Connor, Jun 16, 2009‎ - Nancy Pelosi is in deep trouble. You don't call the CIA liars and get away with it. ...

"CIA: We Lied to Congress," posted by John Nichols, Jun 9, 2009 - In May, at a point when congressional Republicans and their amen corner in the media were attempting to defend the Bush-Cheney administration's torture regime, their primary defense was: Pelosi knew. ...

The spin at fascist, psyop-heavy NewsMax: "Exactly what actions Panetta disclosed to the House Intelligence Committee on June 24 are unclear, but committee chairman Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, said that the CIA outright lied in one case. ... Panetta brought the matters to the committee's attention, CIA spokesman George Little said Wednesday. ... "It is not the policy or practice of the CIA to mislead Congress. This agency and this director believe it is vital to keep the Congress fully and currently informed. Director Panetta's actions back that up," Little said in a statement to the AP. "It was the CIA itself that took the initiative to notify the oversight committees." Seven Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee sent a letter to Panetta on June 26 asking that in light of his disclosure he revise a statement he made in May to CIA employees that it was not CIA policy or practice to mislead Congress. The cryptic letter and CIA statement came on the eve of a House debate on an intelligence bill. ... "

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