House Dems: CIA Withheld Secrets

From the New York Times: Seven House Democrats on the Intelligence Committee wrote that the CIA had misled them over the past 8 years.

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.”

I’ll give credit where credit is due; it’s a good thing that the House Democrats are voicing opposition to government secrecy. After all, it’s better than what Obama is doing:

In a related development, President Obama threatened to veto the pending Intelligence Authorization Bill if it included a provision that would allow information about covert actions to be given to the entire House and Senate Intelligence Committees

Wow. Makes you wonder what happened to all that talk of change, huh?

But if the members of Congress in this article really wanted change, they’d advocate for the transparency of not only the CIA, but the Fed too. None of the three Democrats mentioned in the article, Representatives Holt, Reyes, and Pelosi, are co-sponsors of H.R. 1207, Ron Paul’s Federal Reserve Transparency Act.

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