Democrats vs. CIA – You Can’t Win This One

| May 14, 2009

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Message to the Democrats in Congress, put down the stick and back slowly away from the CIA. There is a chance that if you do that, they might go back to looking for the bad guys and leave you alone.

Again from the Politico, this little plum: CIA briefers may have broken law

Democrats on the House intelligence committee said Thursday that CIA officers broke the law in 2002 if they told Nancy Pelosi then that they had not yet engaged in waterboarding.

“If they make a false report, absolutely it’s illegal,” said Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. “If they fail to make a report when they’re obligated to that is also illegal – a violation of the National Security Act.”

Schiff said that the “question of recourse [against the CIA] has come up actually a number of times – not just in this context.” But he said it’s “very difficult because for one thing you can’t publicly disclose the information and to actually bring perjury charges or bring an action under the National Security Act without making it public is probably not possible.”

Textbook example of the straw-man attack. Condemn the CIA saying that “if they did this, they broke the law”, when no where is it ever claimed that anyone did that.

Democrats, don’t do this. It won’t get you anything you want, nor will it result in a better country or a safer world. You will find that the old guard at the CIA will bury you in facts, while the field agents who now fear for their safety and their freedom will be heading for the exits. You could see a gutting of the HUMINT capability that eclipses the debacle of the 1990’s. This lack of HUMINT (human intelligence) was a key factor leading to the September 11th attacks.

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Bruce Henderson is a former Marine who focuses custom data mining and visualization technologies on the economy and other disasters.

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