The Central Intelligence Agency improperly and covertly hacked into computers used by Senate staffers to investigate the spy agency’s Bush-era interrogation practices, according to an internal investigation.
CIA Director John Brennan has determined that employees “acted in a manner inconsistent with the common understanding” brokered between the CIA and its Senate overseers, according to agency spokesman Dean Boyd.
The stunning admission follows a scathing, 40-minute speech by Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein on the Senate floor back in March, in which she accused the CIA of secretly accessing her panel’s computers that were used to review documents related to the government’s torture, detention, and rendition policies deployed during George W. Bush’s presidency. The powerful California Democrat lacerated the CIA for attempting to impede her panel’s investigation and charged the agency with possibly violating the Constitution.
At the time, Brennan denied Feinstein’s accusations, telling NBC News reporter Andrea Mitchell, “As far as the allegations of the CIA hacking into Senate computers, nothing could be further from the truth.… That’s beyond the scope of reason.”
Today, apparently, it’s . . . true.
Democrats are outraged, apparently because they were conducting a review of Bush-era CIA actions. I am outraged, because the principle matters more than the personalities or politics. (See the difference? I thought you might have caught that.)
Pols are saying Brennan should resign. That would be a start, although I won’t hold my breath. (Where would a top national security official get the idea that he could lie to Congress without consequence, anyway?)
Me, I want to see people criminally investigated. I have full faith and confidence in Eric Holder to do what is right.
(Protip: It’s easier to keep a straight face when people can’t see your face.)
P.S. Barack Obama? He read about it in the newspaper.