Intelligence Oversight With Eddington & Emptywheel

By: Sunday November 2, 2014 5:20 pm

Listen to Marcy Wheeler and former CIA officer (1988-96) Patrick G. Eddington talk about the the U.S. intelligence community, its effectiveness, and Congressional oversight thereof. Eddington also served as a senior intelligence advisor for Sen. Rush Holt (D-NJ). Eddington was here for Book Salon with his memoir, Long Strange Journey.

 

Torture Report Controversy: Is the CIA Beyond Accountability?

By: Friday April 4, 2014 3:59 pm

Thursday’s Senate vote to release part of a 6,300-page report on the CIA’s now-defunct rendition and torture program is something of a mixed blessing.

It is Unacceptable For Sebelius to Ignore Congress

By: Monday October 21, 2013 8:02 am

I consider it entirely unacceptable that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will not testifybefore Congress about the problems with the Affordable Care Act rollout. Her pathetic excuse is scheduling conflicts, but there is nothing that should be more important.

Was Congress Briefed on NSA’s X-Keyscore Program Before Today?

By: Thursday August 1, 2013 1:05 pm

Today the President is meeting with key members of the Senate involved in NSA oversight, the day after the Guardian released details of the NSA’s X-Keyscore program. And since many of them have been publicly swearing up and down that the NSA has no programs which collect email content or telephone calls, it’s entirely possible that it is the first time many of them have been briefed on the details of X-Keyscore.

Why Clapper’s Deception Destroys Obama’s Defense of Newly Revealed NSA Programs

By: Tuesday June 11, 2013 1:05 pm

Not only are the prepared deceptive answers given by Director of National Intelligence General James Clapper in Congressional testimony potentially serious crimes, but the entire incident completely undermines President Obama defense of the newly reviled NSA domestic surveillance programs.

DOD Whistleblower: Documents Show Intel Withheld from 9/11 Congressional Investigators

By: Monday June 13, 2011 7:15 pm

The entire 9/11 field of inquiry has been vilified, poisoned over the years by ridicule, sometimes fantastic conspiracy mongering, and fearfulness by journalists of approaching the material, lest they be branded as irresponsible or some kind of conspiracy freak. As a result, little work has been done to investigate, except by a small group of people, some of whom have raised some real questions, others who were intoxicated by the possibility of some giant conspiracy.

If anything, this story is about an intelligence and oversight scandal.

Jose Rodriguez Provided Misleading CIA Briefing to Goss and Pelosi on Abu Zubaydah’s Waterboarding

By: Monday June 7, 2010 3:10 pm

We knew that the briefing CIA gave Porter Goss and Nancy Pelosi on Abu Zubaydah’s torture on September 4, 2002 was misleading in that CIA did not tell the House Intelligence leadership that it had already tortured Abu Zubaydah. CIA told Goss and Pelosi about waterboarding, but spoke of it as a technique that might hypothetically be used in the future, not something that had been used 83 times on one detainee the prior month. Today we learn that it was Jose Rodriguez who provided this misleading briefing.

Bush Signing Statements Withholding Information to Congress on Torture

By: Sunday April 25, 2010 12:30 pm

What isn’t often mentioned was how the CIA was given the green light to lie and obfuscate by their superiors in the Executive Branch.

Washington Post’s Fred Hiatt Loves Torture

By: Friday January 29, 2010 12:55 pm

Well, I don’t know that for a fact. But I do know that the publication of Marc Thiessen’s propagandistic claims about Pelosi on the WaPo’s editorial page says more about the WaPo’s editorial page than it does about Pelosi.

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