Wednesday, June 6, 2007

McHenry calls for investigation into CIA intelligence leaks (this time)

Still hasn't said a word about Scooter or the illegal Plame outing

ABC News is reporting that McHenry is leading a group of GOP congressmen all bent out of shape, calling for
an investigation into "the release of sensitive information" in a recent ABC News report on CIA covert activities against Iran.

In a carefully worded request, seven House GOP lawmakers led by Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., asked the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to "look into the releasing of sensitive information and its impact on the security of our nation, the performance of our government agencies, and the viability of our diplomatic relationships overseas."

Citing an ABC News story last month about a White House-authorized "non-lethal" operation against the Islamic Republic of Iran, the septet asserted, "We have an obligation to ensure the offenders are held accountable."
And I'm sure they were just as concerned over the release of Valerie Plame's identity as a covert CIA operative as retaliation for her husband's refuting of the administration's false intelligence that led us into the Iraq War.

I bet they were relieved when Vice President Cheney's Chief of Staff Scooter Libby was sentenced to 30 months in the hoosgow this week, too. They're such concerned folk, those oh-so-patriotic Republicans, all about protecting this country from the untimely release of information that would harm their political allies, I mean the public.


Aint Katie said...

'As Michael Isikoff and I disclosed in Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War, Valerie Wilson was the operations chief of the Joint Task Force on Iraq, a unit within the Counterproliferation Division of the CIA's clandestine operations directorate. She was working undercover, trying to collect intelligence on Iraq's suspected WMD programs, and she had traveled abroad on undercover missions in the five years before she was outed in a Robert Novak column. Under the terms of the IIPA, she qualified as a covert officer. As Fitzgerald declared in a recent court filing, "It was clear from very early in the investigation that Ms. Wilson qualified under the relevant statute [the Intelligence Identities Protection Act] as a covert agent whose identity had been disclosed by public officials, including Mr. Libby, to the press."'

I wonder why there isn't some sort of IQ test for members of Congress. Then again, I guess it wouldn't be fair to only allow people with a modicum of intelligence, with some sense of decency, with some clue about what "clandestine" means, about what "covert" means. People like Pat are about themselves, their cronies, and their ideology. They certainly aren't about the people they are supposed to be serving or the laws of the land. In my opinion, Pat doesn't understand, even in the simplest sense, what the intelligence community does or how it works. He doesn't understand how important, or dangerous, it can be. And he surely does not understand or care about the Constitution, his oath of office, or the country and it's wellbeing. He is an ignorant child running loose in the nation's Capitol. A puppy running with a pack of older, bigger dogs. Shame on him..and everybody else who refuses to see what was done to Valerie Plame, her operations, her contacts.

eda said...