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Lies About Secret Program Should Have Congress In Open
14 July 2009
If this were the democracy that the
Founding Fathers thought they were creating, word from
CIA Director Leon Panetta that his agency had lied to
Congress and specifically that it had lied repeatedly
from 9-11-2001 through the end of 2008 concerning an
as-yet undisclosed secret program, would have
virtually every member of Congress in a state of
rebellion, demanding answers.
After all, the CIA is required by law to report to at
least the majority and minority leaders of the House
and Senate Intelligence Committees and to the majority
and minority leaders of both houses of Congress about
But not only did the spy agency not report on what it
was up to; it lied about what it was up to.
Now, given what we do know about the Bush/Cheney
administration—that it initiated a massive campaign of
spying on Americans by the Defense Department, the
FBI, and the National Security Agency, as well as
other intelligence agencies, that it initiated a
campaign of torture of captives, including American
citizens, while asserting that the President didn’t
even need to notify the courts or the public about the
arrest, detention, torture or even execution of an
American citizen if he, acting on his own, deemed that
person to be an “enemy combatant,” and given that we
also know that Bush and Cheney lied repeatedly about
the justification for their invasion of Iraq, and
refused to be put under oath in their “interviews” by
the 9-11 Commission, you would think the members of
Congress, which was railroaded into supporting
everything from the USA PATRIOT Act to the Iraq War
invasion based on all these lies and deceptions, would
be demanding answers regarding this mysterious
Instead, we get vague expressions of concern, and
promises of reform by congressional leaders like Rep.
Steny Hoyer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and by CIA
And no explanation of the program in question, even
though Panetta claims it was never actually
Why, we should be asking, would the CIA have lied for
eight long years about the existence of a program that
it never implemented?
Anyone who believes that nonsense should be a prime
target of one of those Nigerian internet scammers.
There’s a lot of money to be made from such suckers.
My guess is that what is being hidden here was a
massive spying campaign by the Agency against
Americans and/or a dirty campaign of assassinations
conducted on a national and international scale—one
which would assuredly have led to many deaths of
Given that we have learned, courtesy of the excellent
reporting by New Yorker writer Seymour Hersh, is that
Vice President Cheney personally oversaw the operation
of a secret death squad operation, called the Joint
Special Operations Command, allegedly led by Gen.
Stanley McChrystal, now head of US operations in
Given the timing of this big CIA lying campaign—it
began immediately after 9-11, right when Cheney was
saying that the US would need to turn to “the dark
side”—it doesn’t take much imagination to suspect that
this is what it is all about.
Take a bunch of power-drunk people in the White House
and the Pentagon, and a cowering Congress and an
American public being deliberately frightened out of
its wits, a new set of laws and executive orders that
give the president and his subordinates dictatorial
powers that would have made Saddam Hussein or Joseph
Stalin envious, and it’s a short step to a black
campaign of terror, disappearances and executions.
All of this will eventually come to light, I am sure.
But it is unlikely to come to light courtesy of the
Congress, which is showing all the assertiveness of a
field mouse. Nor is it likely to be exposed by the
corporate media, which have long since thrown in the
towel on serving as a Fourth Estate. And it sure won’t
come from the Obama administration, which is even
opposing timid calls in Congress for a broader future
requirement for notification of Congress about CIA
activities and actions. When it comes to exposing the
crimes and abuses of the Bush/Cheney years, the Obama
administration has decided it likes what it saw, and
wants to continue with the new executive powers and
secrecy that it inherited.
So we’ll have to wait for honest whistle-blowers and
for the alternative media to find out the real story
Jefferson, Madison et all must be cringing in their
coffins at the wreckage of their creation.