CIA Admits It Lied To Congress For Years

Ken AshfordCongress, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

Dog Bites Man story:

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.

In an interview, Mr. Holt declined to reveal the nature of the C.I.A.’s alleged deceptions,. But he said, “We wouldn’t be doing this over a trivial matter.”

I think we can safely assume that it relates to "enhanced interrogation techniques", but we can't be sure.

Why, by the way, are only Democrats upset that Congress was lied to by the CIA?

Well, recall a few months ago.  Nancy Pelosi said the CIA misled her about waterboarding, and the Republicans were all "The CIA?  Lying to Congress?  No, you are lying Ms. Pelosi".  So they can't stand togather now and admit the CIA has lied to Congress – it might hinder their efforts to attack Pelosi.