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A congresswoman says CIA Director Leon Panetta has terminated the covert program the spy agency had been conducting for eight years without the knowledge of Congress.
Shakowsky described the program as "very, very serious" and said it "certainly deserved a serious debate at the time and through the years."
in late June that the spy agency had been withholding important information about a secret program begun after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks
The program remains classified, and those knowledgeable about it would describe it only vaguely yesterday. Several current and former administration officials called it an "on-again, off-again" attempt to create a new intelligence capability and said it was related to the collection of information on suspected terrorists that was instituted after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Hey, if senators can't be trusted to keep top-secret stuff SECRET, guess what ... there will be natural (and although inappropriate, understandable) reluctance for spooks to fully inform Congress. That's a bad thing.
"Loose lips sink ships" was (and is) a military admonition of caution.
A few years ago leaks of classified information prompted the president to limit top-secret briefings to just eight House and Senate leaders. Some may argue that's eight too many ... or 92 too few.
There ARE consequences to what we do and don't do, and nowhere more so than in the arena of intelligence.
If one offends the sensibilities of political correctness, the immediate draconian consequences are axiomatic: Crucify the bastard! However, if ‘certain people' outrageously break the law, policy and procedures with intelligence matters, accountability drifts on the wind of partisan proclivities.
Originally posted by Kaytagg
reply to post by ZindoDoone
Not that I don't believe you, but do you have any examples of congress leaking vital national security information?