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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.


Written by newspapertreeelpaso

July 11, 2009 at 8:33 am

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  1. How would old Silvestre know when he was lied to? He still doesn’t understand Shia vs. Sunni. Doesn’t know what position to take until Tia Nancy tells him, and could care less about El Paso Issues. They might as well call him the West Texas Representative of the Democratic Leadership. He certainly does not have voters in mind when he opens his mouth.

    too tired to care

    July 11, 2009 at 9:37 am

  2. Dick Cheney managed to kill two birds with one stone when he had W. appoint Reyes as the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. The Democrats got one of their own in a position of power, and the Republicans got a blithering idiot who was totally oblivious to anything pertinent to the Middle East. (See his comments about Hezbollah, and how more Latino analysts were the solution – I guess because Spanish is the prevailing language in Iraq, Iran, etc?)
    The Cheney administration was looking for, and got, a patsy and a doormat, who they could run roughshod over.
    Mission Accomplished.


    July 11, 2009 at 11:50 am

  3. Well, it makes for good PR when they ALL pretend to be shocked at the information. They ALL have been there for years and KNOW what is going on. The only time they become outraged is when the information is found out or it improves political posture.

    Do the research yourself, dont rely on information fed to you by either extreme media. You will discover that abuse of power has been going for years regardless of political party affiliation.

    See for yourself the authorized hits, Executive Orders, used exaggerated claims or provactions to start actions, etc. I dont inculde the present administration because there is not any information either way.

    The new outrage is surveillance, what the heck do you think happened in the WWII era, the Cold War era, Viet Nam era ? Have you forgotten ? Do you really believe that all this questionable activity just started in the last Administration. One example and you look up the rest. Which President authorized the successful killing and coup of a foreign Head of State ? You may be surprised at the answer.

    For those of you that lose sleep worrying about your phone calls. Keep flattering yourself. They dont have time for you. A computer has been,for years, and still scans today.


    July 11, 2009 at 2:53 pm

  4. Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal had an editorial about Congressman Reyes. Why is it when an elected official from El Paso gets mentioned in the WSJ it’s always negative. And yes – Reyes is covering for Pelosi along with 6 other members of that committee. She’s a big girl with lots and lots and lots of personal wealth. Let her fight her own battles. Reyes – you are stepping on ants while the elephants are stampeding. Why does anyone give a crap about Pelosi and the CIA. We need jobs, and true economic stimulus. Pay attention!!


    July 11, 2009 at 5:17 pm

  5. Umm, MTWildhack, are you serious? Reyes was appointed when the Democrats took over the House. The then-Bush administration did not appoint him, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did.



    July 11, 2009 at 8:41 pm

  6. Eileen, thanks. For folks interested, the link is here:



    July 11, 2009 at 8:53 pm

  7. Congressman Reyes is merely El Paso’s own symptom of the current problem with our Federal Government. blind Party loyalty over representation of his electorate.

    It is time for him to be seriously challenged for thi seat in Congress. Our next Congressman needs to focus on serious issues that produce structual change in how the business of government is conducted.

    Issue of most importance to me would be how the Government spends tax dollars. The House of Representatives is in control of the budget process. Recent major spending bills have been passed without being read. For decades all spending bills, due to their mere size, have served to provide cover for ear marks hidden in important spending bills, for example hiding a piece of pork in a defense bill that cannot be killed.

    The next representative elected should focus energy on changing the rules to require each executive department budget is voted on individually – in effect a line item veto where it belongs according to the Constitution – with Congress.

    There are other changes that are needed but this would be a strong starting point.

    Congressman Reyes has served for too long, he has become a Washingtonian and forgotten the people who elect him, because he knows he can count on their blind vote every two years.

    It is time we elected an Independent and really representative candidate.

    Tim Collins

    July 12, 2009 at 10:08 am

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