Thursday, October 29, 2009

Don’t Hold Your Breath

Several Democratic members of the House Intelligence committee are saying that the CIA did in fact mislead the Congress on its torture program under the Bush administration.

In a hearing of the House Intelligence committee this afternoon, Reps. Anna Eshoo and Jan Schakowsky, both Democrats, pointed to at least five instances going back to at least 2001 in which the C.I.A. withheld information from or lied to Congress.

Schakowsky said that an ongoing committee probe had found that the CIA is afflicted by a “large disease” of misleading and even lying to lawmakers about intelligence activities.

Last spring you’ll remember that Republicans went ballistic when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) made the statement that the CIA had been less than truthful. They demanded that she step down as Speaker, and some went so far as to suggest that she should resign. (One or two wanted to take away her birthday.)

The panel isn’t finished with its findings, but if they do prove that the CIA lied, don’t expect the Republicans to back down. Chances are they will suggest that being truthful and forthcoming with Congress only bolsters the terrorists.