Democrats New Attack Of Cheney And CIA Is Same Old Demagoguery

“Aha!” Democrats are out in droves telling everyone who will listen (which of course includes the entire mainstream media propaganda machine).  “The CIA really DOES lie to Congress!  And we have the smoking gun!”

They are referring to a “secret CIA program” that was not disclosed to Congress for nearly 8 years.

And they argue that it proves Nancy Pelosi, rather than being a lying demagogue who tries to cover her own lies by claiming that other everyone else are the actual liars.

Of this “secret CIA program” the generally reliably liberal Washington Post says:

In an interview last night with The Washington Post, an intelligence official said it was “generally known” from the beginning that Cheney had requested that the program be kept from Congress. The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said it was unclear whether the agency was obligated to brief Congress.

During the second half of the Bush administration, CIA officials did not consult with the administration about the program or take orders from Cheney to keep it secret, according to former agency officials who held senior posts at the time.

“We never briefed the vice president, the president or the Cabinet,” said a former senior intelligence official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the program remains highly secret. He said the program remained in the planning stages and never crossed the agency’s threshold for reporting to the administration and congressional overseers.

Congress and the CIA have jousted for decades over the interpretation of the 1947 law creating the agency, which included a provision mandating that the committees be kept “fully and currently informed” of intelligence issues. Even for covert actions, lawmakers on the committees generally must be notified.

But the law also says such briefings should be done “to the extent consistent with due regard for the protection from unauthorized disclosure of classified information relating to sensitive intelligence sources and methods or other exceptionally sensitive matters.”

So two things come out of an actual examination of the facts:

1) “The program remained in the planning stages and never crossed the agency’s threshold for reporting to the administration and congressional overseers.”

2) The current flap is nothing more than the continuation of an debate that has been going on for 62 years as to just what “fully and currently informed” means in relation to the fact that such briefings only be conducted “to the extent consistent with due regard for the protection from unauthorized disclosure of classified information relating to sensitive intelligence sources and methods or other exceptionally sensitive matters.”

It doesn’t really sound like much of an issue for the Democrats to hang their hats on – and it certainly doesn’t sound like they have any legitimate issue to hang Dick Cheney by the neck until dead over.

Not that a lack of facts or evidence has ever stopped Demagogues before.

Democrats claim that the really evil thing about all of this is that Dick Cheney ordered the program kept secret, even as they argue that this evidence of the CIA’s failure to disclose information about programs somehow vindicates Nancy Pelosi.

A couple more things should come out:

First of all, there’s the letter that seven Democrats released following a classified briefing to Congress by CIA Director Panetta disclosing the “secret programs.”  They couldn’t wait to run and tell.  They just couldn’t wait to undermine secrecy for the sake of political demagoguery.  And if that doesn’t serve as a proof of the wisdom of Dick Cheney in wanting the CIA program kept secret, I don’t know what is.  If Senators and Representatives can’t keep their mouths shut about classified briefings, it’s better that they just be kept in the dark – just as the 1947 law provides.

Second of all, to whatever extent Leon Panetta’s briefing actually hurts Dick Cheney, just realize that this isn’t the first time that Leon Panetta has displayed the giant partisan chip on his shoulder regarding one Dick Cheney.

Another not-so-little issue is this: Nancy Pelosi didn’t just say that the CIA didn’t always fully inform: she said they repeatedly lied.  And in spite of all the Democrats own lies, there’s absolutely no reason whatsoever to believe that Nancy Pelosi was right in her accusations, or even that the CIA failed to do anything they were required to do.

This is now the third time that Democrats have tried to dredge up the demonization of Bush officials and CIA professionals for the sake of political gamesmanship.  It is a frankly evil endeavor.

The biggest risk is that the CIA will become more bitter and defensive than they are already.  The biggest risk to our national security is that our intelligence professionals – who need to take risks and bold actions in order to be successful at what they do – will begin to refuse to take risks, and engage in the repetitive dotting of every ‘i’ and the crossing of every ‘t’.  It’s a process known as “slow rolling.”  CIA professionals will increasingly start sending avalanches of paperwork to cover their backsides rather than doing anything that might even possibly risk their pensions.  And you can count that it’s going on in an agency whose morale has been recently describe as sullen, depressed, and enraged.  That’s the “change” Obama and Democrats have brought to the CIA.

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4 Responses to “Democrats New Attack Of Cheney And CIA Is Same Old Demagoguery”

  1. GunnerBob Says:

    I just wish that I had the opportunity to appear before the entire Congress of the United States. No visitors in the gallery, no congressional aides, nobody else but Congressional men and women. I would tell them that I am going to tell them a piece of classified information that if leaked, will change the course of the world. The example I am going to use is: The moon is made of green cheese!

    I guarantee you that within 48 hours after my disclosure, the word would have been spread by some of our honorable congress people and the whole world would have this information. That is why the folks that deal in the deep recesses of the intelligence community cannot trust that congress can keep their mouth shut and that there are things the American people do not need to know let alone the rest of the world.

    I spent twenty years of my life in the military defending the wonderful freedoms we have in this great country and by golly, I want to continue to have those freedoms. It won’t happen if we blab every single intel item to congress and basically to the entire world.

    Let VP Cheney alone! As far as I am concerned, he is a loyal American and he did what he thought was the right thing for America.

  2. Michael Eden Says:

    Thanks for your service, GunnerBob.

    The world changed after 9/11. Men like Dick Cheney recognized that. People like Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi want to “change” it back. What they don’t realize is that life doesn’t work that way.

    We have enemies. And our only recourse with these enemies is to defeat them. Period.

    Unfortunately, we also have liberals. And right now, these people are running everything. When it comes to our national defense and security, these people seem to think that our country is eternal, that it can never be defeated or destroyed. They think they can do the most self-serving and stupid things imaginable simply because it benefits their short term political ambitions. They are wrong.

  3. GunnerBob Says:

    You scored a homerun with your comments. Thanks! I’m glad there are Americans like you that still have some common sense.
    Bob Rotruck, CWO3, USN (RET)
    Castle Rock, CO

  4. Michael Eden Says:

    Gunner Bob,
    I served in an Army infantry unit that spent a LOT of time around Blackhawks, and thus got acquainted with warrant officers. Boy did I ever like those guys! What I commonly heard from them was a devotion to duty and country that they had been able to separate from all the chain-of-command and rah-rah crap. I admired what they did flying those incredible machines, and I admired them for their penetrating view of “the system.” These were men who knew exactly why they were doing what they were doing.

    Having said that, I’m not surprised to see you’re a CWO. And I admire your perspective.

    One of the things that has grounded my “common sense” is a deep and abiding appreciation of our founding fathers. These were men who had risked all to create a United States of America; these were men who had the wisdom and knowledge to understand the beauty of what they were creating; and these were men who were fully aware of just what a fragile thing liberty was – and how easy it was to piss away.

    Thomas Jefferson said, “The comparisons of our government with those of Europe are like a comparison of heaven and hell.” And yet here we are today, in our health care and our energy (for just two examples among many), striving to be as much as we possibly can just like failed Europe.

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