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Intel Panel: CIA Misled Lawmakers On Torture, Other Issues

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Zachary Roth

The CIA misled Congress about its torture program and other issues, the House Intelligence committee has concluded.

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 a committee probe had found that the CIA is
afflicted by a "large disease" of misleading and even lying to
lawmakers about intelligence activities.

Earlier this year, Speaker Nancy Pelosi charged
that the agency had lied to her about its enhanced interrogation
techniques program, during a September 2002 briefing -- provoking outrage from Republicans. But that episode was among the examples that Schakowsky and Eshoo pointed to today.

  • Another concerned the top secret program to assassinate al Qaeda operatives which CIA director Leon Panetta first told Congress about in June.
  • A third concerned the CIA's 2005 destruction of videotapes showing the interrogation of al Qaeda operatives.
  • And a fourth, already known, related to the shooting down of a
    plane carrying missionaries over Peru in 2001, information about which
    was concealed form Congress.

In response, a CIA spokesman did not specifically challenge the committee's findings, telling The Hill:

It is the policy of the Central Intelligence Agency to
be clear and candid with the United States Congress. Director Panetta
has made a relationship of trust, confidence, and respect a top
priority.

 

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