[Guest post by DRJ]
The Democrats are still at war with the CIA now that Director Leon Panetta has advised Congress about a covert CIA operation that began shortly after 9/11, a program that had not previously been revealed. Some Democrats believe this is proof the CIA misled Congress as Speaker Nancy Pelosi previously claimed:
“House intelligence chairman Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, is unhappy that the CIA conducted the program for nearly eight years before Panetta told Congress about it on June 24.
“These notifications have led me to conclude that this committee has been misled, has not been provided full and complete notifications, and (in at least one case) was affirmatively lied to,” Reyes wrote in a letter to the top Republican on the Committee, Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich.
To some Democrats, this is a gotcha moment: proof that Pelosi was right when she said in May that the CIA lied to her about waterboarding in September 2002 and that “they mislead Congress all the time.”
Six Democrats on the Intelligence Committee have demanded Panetta correct his May 2009 statement that the CIA didn’t mislead Congress and acknowledge Pelosi was right. The CIA responded that Panetta stands by his earlier statement, and even Reyes agrees with Panetta that “the Agency does not and will not lie to Congress.” Instead, Reyes is taking a middle ground that criticizes the CIA for failing to brief Congress on this program.
As Rick Klein, author of ABC’s The Note, puts it: “That’s a far cry from Pelosi’s statement in May that “they mislead us all the time,” but it leaves open the possibility they could have fallen short of those “high standards” of “truthfulness in reporting” when they briefed Pelosi back in September 2002.”