Dick Cheney Linked to Concealment of Terror Program

According to reports today, the CIA withheld information about a secret counter terrorism program from Congress for eight years on direct orders from former Vice President Dick Cheney.

From the New York Times:

The report that Mr. Cheney was behind the decision to conceal the still-unidentified program from Congress deepened the mystery surrounding it, suggesting that the Bush administration had put a high priority on the program and its secrecy.

Mr. Panetta, who ended the program when he first learned of its existence from subordinates on June 23, briefed the two intelligence committees about it in separate closed sessions the next day.

Efforts to reach Mr. Cheney through relatives and associates were unsuccessful.

The question of how completely the C.I.A. informed Congress about sensitive programs has been hotly disputed by Democrats and Republicans since May, when Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the agency of failing to reveal in 2002 that it was waterboarding a terrorism suspect, a claim Mr. Panetta rejected.

The law requires the president to make sure the intelligence committees “are kept fully and currently informed of the intelligence activities of the United States, including any significant anticipated intelligence activity.” But the language of the statute, the amended National Security Act of 1947, leaves some leeway for judgment, saying 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.”

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4 Comments on “Dick Cheney Linked to Concealment of Terror Program”

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  2. carly Says:

    When will it be time to go straight to jail? Cheney’s time is approaching fast. There is a related post at http://iamsoannoyed.com/?page_id=588

  3. Honeydog0629 Says:

    I have no Trust or Belief in the “Powers-that-Be” anymore. I don’t think even Hollywood’s worst
    “Shockers” throughout Time could compete with the
    “Dirt” “Behind-the-Scenes” of our Government. It would probably Blow our Minds if we knew Everything.

  4. Its funny how Dick Cheney has been running his mouth on Fox News since Obama was sworn in, now he has nothing to say. Typical of him. He is corrupt, he sent our innocent men and women to fight a war so his company haliburton could profit, and you know who profited most from that company. There was also money missing, they can’t account for, never even tried to look for. Millions, he is a joke and should be locked up like every other crook.

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