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WASHINGTON - CIA Director Leon Panetta has terminated a "very serious" covert program the spy agency kept secret from Congress for eight years, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a House Intelligence subcommittee chairwoman, said Friday.
Schakowsky is pressing for an immediate committee investigation of the classified program, which has not been described publicly. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has said he is considering an investigation.
"The program is a very, very serious program and certainly deserved a serious debate at the time and through th
Who decides when CIA should participate in covert actions, and why?
Only the president can direct the CIA to undertake a covert action. Such actions usually are recommended by the National Security Council (NSC). Covert actions are considered when the NSC judges that US foreign policy objectives may not be fully realized by normal diplomatic means and when military action is deemed to be too extreme an option. Therefore, the Agency may be directed to conduct a special activity abroad in support of foreign policy where the role of the US Government is neither apparent nor publicly acknowledged. Once tasked, the Director of Central Intelligence must notify the intelligence oversight committees of the Congress.
Originally posted by RetinoidReceptor
The CIA has more tentacles than we could probably fathom right now. I think intelligence agencies have their own little worlds that probably resemble a movie like Bourne Supremacy as opposed to reality...and I am believing more and more that these people raise money through many ways other than government funding. Either be it the black market or perhaps they even have trading desks on the exchanges. There is some way they are making their money to fund their vast networks...
[edit on 25-7-2009 by RetinoidReceptor]