At the outset, I freely admit that oversight of our national security organs has been the Obama administrations weakest area. However the abuses of power are far fewer than they were under Bush, or would be under any Republican. Obama has failed, because he left those areas largely in Republican hands, and when he did appoint Democrats, they came from Hillary’s camp instead of his own more progressive advisors, who had based his campaign on transparency. Now the CIA appears to have committed a major criminal act, putting them way out of bounds.
It was early December when the Central Intelligence Agency began to suspect it had suffered what it regarded as an embarrassing computer breach.
Investigators for the Senate Intelligence Committee, working in the basement of a C.I.A. facility in Northern Virginia, had obtained an internal agency review summarizing thousands of documents related to the agency’s detention and interrogation program. Parts of the C.I.A. report cast a particularly harsh light on the program, the same program the agency was in the midst of defending in a prolonged dispute with the intelligence committee.
What the C.I.A. did next opened a new and even more rancorous chapter in the struggle over how the history of the interrogation program will be written. Agency officials began scouring the digital logs of the computer network used by the Senate staff members to try to learn how and where they got the report. Their search not only raised constitutional questions about the propriety of an intelligence agency investigating its congressional overseers, but has also resulted in two parallel inquiries by the Justice Department — one into the C.I.A. and one into the committee.
Each side accuses the other of spying on it, with the Justice Department now playing the uneasy role of arbitrator in the bitter dispute. “It’s always been a dicey proposition to be investigating Congress,” said W. George Jameson, a C.I.A. lawyer for decades. “You don’t do it lightly.”
At the center of the dispute is the classified internal C.I.A. review of the detention and interrogation program, a review that Democratic senators believe buttresses the conclusion in the intelligence committee’s 6,300-page report that the program yielded little valuable intelligence… [emphasis added]
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First of all, investigating the CIA is Congress’ job. Investing Congress falls to the FBI and the Justice Department. The CIA’s demesne is foreign intelligence and operations, NOT domestic, which is forbidden. Therefore, investing their overseers is clearly a criminal act.
I have to add that, in predicting every international event of consequence from the Reagan Regime on, the CIA has been caught flatfooted every time. They have utterly failed in their foreign intelligence role. The entire agency needs to be reorganized to focus that agency on its primary role, gathering foreign intelligence.