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The CIA admits to lying to congress since 2001, does this change your mind about Pelosi's claim?

CIA Director Leon Panetta told lawmakers in a recent briefing that the intelligence agency he heads misled Congress on "significant actions" for a "number of years," a group of Democrats revealed on Wednesday.

In a letter written to Panetta on June 26 by seven Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee, the CIA chief is urged to "publicly correct" an earlier statement he made in which he insisted that it was not agency policy to mislead Congress.

As the letter details, Panetta apparently acknowledged in an earlier briefing that this statement was not true.

"Recently you testified that you have determined that top CIA officials have concealed significant actions from all Members of Congress, and misled Members for a number of years from 2001 to this week," the Democratic lawmakers write. "This is similar to other deceptions of which we are aware from other recent periods."

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 11:17 PM on Jul. 8, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The letter does not explain what those "significant actions" were. But a source with knowledge of the dispute says it concerns Bush administration interrogation policies. Panetta briefed the Intelligence Committee about these and other matters two days before the letter was written, as well as other dates.

    Early reports on the matter said that the letter was signed by six Democratic lawmakers: Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., John Tierney, D-Mass., Rush Holt, D-N.J., Mike Thompson, D-Calif., Alcee Hastings, D-Fla. and Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill. (These are the members who signed the above document). A source with direct knowledge of the letter's content says that Rep. Adam Smith D-Wash., has also added his name to the letter.

    The note was made public just hours after Congressional Quarterly reported that the chairman of the House Intelligence committee, Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, also stated that the CIA had "affirmatively lied" to
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:17 PM on Jul. 8, 2009

  • The note was made public just hours after Congressional Quarterly reported that the chairman of the House Intelligence committee, Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, also stated that the CIA had "affirmatively lied" to his committee.
    "It is not the policy or practice of the CIA to mislead Congress," Little said. "This Agency and this Director believe it is vital to keep the Congress fully and currently informed. Director Panetta's actions back that up. As the letter from these six representatives notes, it was the CIA itself that took the initiative to notify the oversight committees."

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:18 PM on Jul. 8, 2009

  • Nevertheless, the late-evening stories provide a boost to earlier claims from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that she was drastically misled by the CIA when it was briefing members about the Bush administration's enhanced interrogation techniques. They also threaten to rip open the debate on whether Congress should revamp the process of how it is briefed on covert intelligence. The Obama White House on Wednesday said it would veto any legislative effort to change the current structure of the briefings, which limits the session to only the "Gang of Eight" lawmakers. Pelosi and her allies want to give the Intelligence Committee the authority to determine who is briefed on the critical intelligence.

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:19 PM on Jul. 8, 2009

  • coming from leon panetta and signed only by dems it is questionable.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 11:20 PM on Jul. 8, 2009

  • So then are you saying that the other people that were supposedly briefed were lying as well? I'm sorry, but I don't believe a word that is uttered by that wingnut. The CIA is paid to lie, who's to say that they aren't lying now?

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:23 PM on Jul. 8, 2009

  • So then are you saying that the other people that were supposedly briefed were lying as well? I'm sorry, but I don't believe a word that is uttered by that wingnut. The CIA is paid to lie, who's to say that they aren't lying now?


    and who says they weren't lying then?

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:24 PM on Jul. 8, 2009

  • Water under the bridge, m'dear. Water under the bridge. This is old business. Old business stinks like dead fish. We need to move forward. We learned, some of us disagree with the methods that were used, some of us are still for it. We now have a policy against it. Lets face forward while we are walking into the future. Better to see where we are going.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:28 PM on Jul. 8, 2009

  • Yes, lets let ALL the crimes committed before January 26th be forgotten............What a dumb azz statement!
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:30 PM on Jul. 8, 2009

  • Okay, how's this? You can focus on the past and keep bringing up 'crimes' that undoubtedly will go unpunished, and I will keep watching what our current administration is doing to make sure they don't pass stupid shit while others are focused on everything that happened before Jan. 26th. Deal? 


    It seems that whenever the administration needs to blur the focus of the masses they bring in something new.  Have you ever considered that you are being played by your government?  Oh, and spare me any tin foil hat references, this is standard practice.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:35 PM on Jul. 8, 2009

  • well, this "dumb azz" is tired and going to bed. I hope you keep this open so that others might respond.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:39 PM on Jul. 8, 2009

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