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Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon E. Panetta has told lawmakers that the agency "concealed significant actions" from Congress, according to a letter released Wednesday from seven Democratic lawmakers.
The letter also contends that Mr. Panetta said CIA officials have misled Congress since 2001.
CIA spokesman George Little said, "It is not the policy or practice of the CIA to mislead Congress." Mr. Little said the CIA itself "took the initiative to notify the oversight committees" about the lapses. Mr. Panetta brought the issue to lawmakers' attention on June 24.
It may not be the "policy or practice"....but it happens, the "misleading" of Congress, that is......you know, the "lapses."
House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi was pilloried by Republicans and their lapdogs in media when she stated unequivocally that the CIA lies to, and misleads Congress on a regular basis.
The Bush/Cheney torture regime had been coming under heavy criticism after Obama's release of Bush's Office of Legal Counsel's "Torture memos" which "legalized" the illegal practice of torture. Eyewitnesses started talking about Guantanamo. More evidence emerged about Cheney's purpose in torturing detainees....to coerce false confessions linking Iraq with al-Qaeda, thus producing a "justification" to start an unjustifable war.
Cheney and his daughter Liz began appearing every other day on teevee to spout their lies of cover-up. It was during that time that Pelosi challenged the truthfulness of Bush's CIA in briefing Congressional figures about "enhanced interrogations." It was then that Pelosi, not Cheney, as planned, became the focus of the media's attack.
The media narrative switched from the clear evidence pointing to Cheney as the mastermind and main figure in the push for the illegal torturing of detainees, a war crime and felony,.....to some unintelligible attack on Nancy Pelosi. During a brief press conference, Pelosi had said that the CIA misleads Congress on a regular basis and stated that she was never told during 2002 briefings that the CIA had already used "enhanced interrogations" methods, such as waterboarding.
Republicans attacked using their access to the media's sh*tstorm button. Pelosi was targeted as an evil-doer. She had the audacity to say that the Divine and Immaculately Conceived CIA "lies to Congress on a regular basis." Calls for investigations into Pelosi ensued. What did she know and when did she know it? It was all high-bullsh*t at it's finest....but it took the focus off of Cheney and Bush....and that was it's purpose.
Now, as we can see from Leon Panetta's private meeting with Congressional representatives,...yes, the CIA has not been completely honest with Congress, having "concealed significant actions" from them. Exactly what Pelosi had said earlier.
I'm sure that as I type this, new and improved media sh*tstorm ammunition (with 50% more mendacity) is being created and smeared around to suggest that Panetta didn't say what he said, if he ever said it in the first place. I watched Andrea Greenspan Mitchell last night tell Olbermann that this was all about 7 Democrats and their blind loyalty to Nancy Pelosi.
Naturally, Andrea had on some new, colorful and chic Knee Pads.