WASHINGTON â€” 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 â€œsignificant actionsâ€ 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 â€œmisled membersâ€ of Congress for eight years about the classified matters, which the letter did not disclose. â€œThis is similar to other deceptions of which we are aware from other recent periods,â€ 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.â€™s alleged deceptions,. But he said, â€œWe wouldnâ€™t be doing this over a trivial matter.â€
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Silvestre Reyes, Democrat of Texas, referred to Mr. Panettaâ€™s disclosure in a letter to the committeeâ€™s ranking Republican, Representative Peter Hoekstra of Michigan, Congressional Quarterly reported on Wednesday. Mr. Reyes wrote that the committee â€œhas been misled, has not been provided full and complete notifications, and (in at least one occasion) was affirmatively lied to.â€
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?