July 17th, 2009
03:58 PM ET
13 years ago

House committee to probe secret CIA program

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House Intelligence Committee will investigate whether any laws were broken when the CIA concealed a now-canceled counterterrorism program from Congress, the panel's chairman announced Friday.

Among the things the committee will look into is "whether there was any past decision or direction to withhold information from the committee," Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, said in a statement announcing the probe.

"I intend to make this investigation fair and thorough, and it is my goal that it will not become a distraction to the men and women of the CIA," he said.

"However, in order to assist them fully and keep them well-resourced, it is the responsibility of the executive branch to ensure that the committee is kept fully and currently informed of all significant anticipated intelligence activities."

CIA Director Leon Panetta told a congressional committee in June that he was told former Vice President Dick Cheney ordered the intelligence agency to withhold information about the secret program from Congress. Panetta terminated the program when he found out about it last month. The spy agency said Thursday that the program was never put into full effect and played no significant role in the battle against al Qaeda and other violent extremists.

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  1. better hide Jason

    Bourne is in big trouble

    July 17, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  2. Tatianna

    Dems creatures of habits. They love aiding and abetting our enemies. They leaked classified intell on wiretaps, Swift program, renditions, CIA EITs, and so forth. The only people who benefit are our enemies. They are quilty of treason. Since dems campaigned on transparency governing, shouldnt Americans have the right to know your plan for capturing Laden (their against killing him.) How about an investigation into the likely damage done to our national security by dems decision to war against CIA. We were lectured throughout 2007-2008 that what has now become Obamas anti-terror protocols e.g., warrantless wiretaps, renditions, Predator Drone executions, email intercepts, etc., were once all proof of Bush admin. trampling of the Constitution that had only empowered our enemies. Obama claimed that his admin had restored the rule of law. How about investigating whether or not Obama admin has shredded the Constitution and imperiled the rule of law.

    July 17, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
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