Saturday, July 11, 2009
As I wrote yesterday about the CIA program that Panetta recently disclosed to Congress:
As a former CIA agent says, the real question is who ordered the CIA to withhold the information from Congress . . .We now know who ordered the cover-up.
In a nation of laws, Bush, Cheney - or whoever in the White House ordered the cover-up of the operation - would be prosecuted.
It was in fact Cheney.
According to the New York Times:
The Central Intelligence Agency withheld information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress for eight years on direct orders from former Vice President Dick Cheney, the agency’s director, Leon E. Panetta, has told the Senate and House intelligence committees...
The disclosure about Mr. Cheney’s role in the unidentified C.I.A. program comes a day after an inspector general’s report underscored the central role of the former vice president’s office in restricting to a small circle of officials knowledge of the National Security Agency’s program of eavesdropping without warrants, a degree of secrecy that the report concluded had hurt the effectiveness of the counterterrorism surveillance effort.This is not the first time Cheney has broken the law.