“It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition.” –Thomas Jefferson (1785)
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In a stunning public accusation Tuesday, the chairwoman of the Senate intelligence committee said the CIA snooped through congressional computers and is trying to intimidate Congress into backing off a report looking into charges of torture during terrorist-linked interrogations.
The accusation by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, escalated what had been a simmering dispute into a full-blown constitutional battle.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle backed Mrs. Feinstein and said that having an executive agency — the CIA in particular — breaking into congressional computers is a major breach of trust and could result in criminal charges.
Commentary by Jeffrey Hardin
White House is awaiting for the CIA to INVESTIGATE itself!?
WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA’s director and its top lawyer told White House attorneys in advance about their plans to file an official criminal complaint accusing Senate Intelligence Committee aides of improperly obtaining secret agency documents, the White House confirmed Wednesday.
Lawyers in the White House counsel’s office did not approve the CIA’s move to refer its complaint to the Justice Department or provide any advice to the agency, presidential spokesman Jay Carney said.
“There was no comment, there was no weighing in, there was no judgment,” Carney said, citing protocol not to interfere in the ongoing inquiries into the matter by the FBI and the CIA’s inspector general.
Carney did not say whether President Barack Obama was directly aware of the decision. “The president has been aware in general about the protocols and the discussions and occasional disputes involved,” he said.
Obama avoided commenting on his involvement in the dispute at the end of a meeting Wednesday with female Democratic lawmakers on women’s economic issues. He added that “with respect to the issues that are going back and forth between the Senate committee and the CIA, (CIA Director) John Brennan has referred them to the appropriate authorities. And they are looking into it. And that’s not something that is an appropriate role for me and the White House to weigh into at this point.”
Imagine a prominent foe of Vladimir Putin—someone who had been forced to flee Russia for fear of a jail sentence—appearing via video hookup from abroad to address a large audience in St. Petersburg to deliver withering criticisms of Putin’s attacks on civil liberties. Imagine, moreover, this personage receiving raucous applause from the Russian audience.
Hard to imagine, no? Precisely because there are no civil liberties in Russia, such a spectacle would be unlikely to occur, and if it did, everyone involved would face the danger of jail time.
Yet Edward Snowden has no problem speaking from an undisclosed location in Russian to address the South by Southwest Festival in Austin—and receiving a standing ovation from the audience and softball questions from his ACLU questioners on stage. What’s wrong with this picture?
No one apparently asked Snowden about the obvious hypocrisy involved of defending Internet freedom—with a copy of the Constitution superimposed behind him—even as he enjoys the hospitality of a despot who tramples on every freedom the Founding Fathers held dear. Instead the audience seemed to treat Snowden as if he were just another libertarian professor or writer—rather than one of the most damaging traitors in our country’s long history.
by Jon Rappoport
March 11, 2014
Senator Dianne Feinstein, head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, blows up.
She claims the CIA made efforts to sabotage her Committee’s investigation of illegal CIA interrogation/torture of detainees.
The CIA vehemently denies it did anything wrong.
So a new front in the internal war opens up.
The key fact here is: Feinstein’s Committee has been carrying on this investigation of the CIA for SEVERAL YEARS. It is preparing a 6000-page report.
For several years, the CIA has been aware of the coming storm.
The damage to its reputation will be large.
What does an agency like the CIA do when faced with such a problem? It tries to mount a major distraction.
Here is one hypothesis to consider:
The distraction was Edward Snowden.
Yesterday, I wrote a piece titled, “Is Edward Snowden lying?” It laid out…
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