U.S. Rep. Reyes: Playing tough and holding the CIA accountable, or covering for House Speaker Pelosi?
U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes is in the middle of a national story — the battle over what the CIA told Congress, and also, what the CIA told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who previously has said the CIA did not fully brief her on its interrogation programs.
From US News and World Report: The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Democratic Rep. Silvestre Reyes of Texas, wrote in a separate letter that the committee “has been misled, has not been provided full and complete notifications, and (in at least one occasion) was affirmatively lied to.”
But some Republicans are accusing Democrats of using the matter as a diversion tactic to quiet controversy surrounding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi was criticized for not being forthcoming about when she received information on the agency’s enhanced interrogation techniques.
From Seattle Times: The Bush administration built an unprecedented surveillance operation to pull in mountains of information far beyond the warrantless wiretapping previously acknowledged, a team of five federal inspectors general (IG) reported Friday, questioning the legal basis for the effort but shielding almost all details on grounds they’re still too secret to reveal. The report’s revelations came the same day House Democrats said that CIA Director Leon Panetta had ordered a separate 8-year-old classified agency program shut down after learning lawmakers had never been apprised of its existence.