From NY Times:

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.”

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Silvestre Reyes, Democrat of Texas, referred to Mr. Panetta’s disclosure in a letter to the committee’s ranking Republican, Representative Peter Hoekstra of Michigan, Congressional Quarterly reported on Wednesday. Mr. Reyes wrote that the committee “has been misled, has not been provided full and complete notifications, and (in at least one occasion) was affirmatively lied to.”

Genuinely, I don’t mean to make light of this, but after the Iraq war, extraordinary rendition and waterboarding nonsense, you knew these folks were playing fast and loose with the truth.

Still, the Obama administration opposes a call from Dems to open up these sessions to everybody in the Intelligence committees, and I agree. There’s a reason you select a small group of people to share this info with. Loose lips sink ships and all that.

By the way, is it bad that I feel like I should be angry, but I’m not?

  • Steve

    It may be just weariness after 8 years of this crap.

  • Joshua

    Justin: By the way, is it bad that I feel like I should be angry, but I’m not?

    Not at all. Remember, the CIA is like Fight Club, in that their first rule is not to talk about Fight Club. That is, to keep their operations hidden from outsiders – even the ones footing their bills – as completely as possible for as long as possible. As far as I know, this is how they’ve always operated, so I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to learn that all this is just the tip of the iceberg.

    That said, if we have a problem with this, it seems to me the proper course is not to demand that the CIA change its ways (if they can keep so much secret for so long, how would we know if they really did or didn’t change anyway?) but to abolish the CIA entirely, and either live with the ensuing loss of foreign intelligence or devise a new means of gathering it.

  • DK

    I am convinced our founding fathers would never have allowed the U.S. government to have an organization like the CIA, which is a secret arm of the government which apparently is not accountable to anyone.

  • Nick Benjamin

    I’m not sure this is a really big deal. Right after S11 one CIA idiot apparently used a fake execution to try to get a prisoner to talk. He was sent home, but not prosecuted. Presumably because in 2002 no jury would have convicted him. If that’s all they covered up it’s not a huge deal.

    If they covered up something more significant, such as waterboarding:
    it is a huge deal. But we won’t know until more details come out, and I doubt more details will come out until Congress is back in session and the health care debate is over.

    BTW, remember back in June, when Pelosi was getting hammered for publicly claiming the CIA lied to her about waterboarding? Have you noticed that both right-wing crazies and the media have totally moved on, and apparently forgotten this ever happened? That’ll happen with health care once it gets passed.