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December 14, 2006

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Patton

Window dressing announced to fend off the complaint that they failed on their very first pledge to implement all of the 9/11 panel recommendations.

TCO

The key question is what objective will be met. Is this an effort to reduce waste or an effort to raise the performance level of the politicized, mediocre, Post Office style bureau that is CIA. (Or is it an effort by CIA to turn their own pathetic failures into a mechanis to take over alternate bureause like DIA.

clarice

And who will staff this committee? Probably people seconded to it from the FBI and CIA who can be counted on to protect the dinosaur operations they work for--as was the case with the 9/11 commission.

azredneck

And more people to leak classified materials!

PeterUK

Presumably a secret panel?

Jane

What a horrid idea, more bureaucracy to make sure the existing bureaucracy gets more bureaucratic. Reminds me of Clinton, the Gorelik wall and what made 911 possible. Sometimes I think the democrats are working for the enemy.

clarice

I've been struggling with a long piece on this..We really have no effective CI (see Bill Gertz' book "Enemies". Add to that Reyes and this new proposal, and we'd all be well-advised to arm ourselves.

MayBee

Ms. Pelosi said today that some lawmakers have felt frustrated by not being able to discuss classified budget matters with their colleagues.

Well in fairness, nobody should have to feel frustrated.

Pagar

" Sometimes I think the democrats are working for the enemy."
I think you can leave out the word sometimes.

http://www.startribune.com/191/story/874480.html

reliapundit

"... is part of an effort to make spending on intelligence more transparent...."

meaning less secret.

meaning there will be more leaks by dems to hurt the USA and help the enemy.

PeterUK

"Representative Nancy Pelosi, soon to be speaker of the House, said today that she will create a new panel to oversee spending on intelligence and enable lawmakers to better determine whether the money is being spent wisely".

How will they know? Either it will be after the event,or the event will not have occured.

Mark

Maybe this new committee can help Silvester Reyes learn that al Qaeda isn't Shia and maybe help the Senate Intel committee to ask some tougher question of Saddam Hussein in their interrogations instead of just endorsing his testimony that he had "no links" to al Qaeda.

It's really a shame that they ignored so much intelligence on that issue, enough so that a newly elected Democrat and the 3-Star General who was second in charge for the invasion of Iraq had to take notice
http://regimeofterror.com/archives/2006/12/what_does_congressman_elect_ch/
http://regimeofterror.com/archives/2006/09/3star_general_reveals_addition/

Our intel committees and oversight certainly could use some help but I don't know if Pelosi's idea of "help" is the best idea.

richard mcenroe

So you'll have the Intel Committees, house and senate, and this new committee all having access to intelligence information. That should cut down on the leaking nicely, thank you.

lurker

Pelosi, Reid, Leahy, et al, are simply making our Federal government bigger by the minute.

What a huge waste of our money.

clarice

Reyes doesn't know a Shia from a Sunni, neither does Hulon head of the FBI's office dealing with this, and the problem is to be solved by a bigger new committee on top of the already existing committees that aren't providing adequate oversight either.
I'm really scared. God Bless America.

Ric Locke

Hey, folks, look on the bright side.

It's just another committee. The more time Congresscritters spend on committees, the less time they have available to meddle, errrr, legislate.

In fact, I hereby propose a select bipartisan committee to second-guess monitor and oversee the activities of the committees in the House. The Committee Committee should have at least fifty members, twenty of whom should split off to watch over committee relations with their subcommittees. The Subcommittee Subcommittee should meet at least once a week.

They're already so utterly divorced from anything resembling normal life that for years they've had no response to any stimulus except to pass a new law, usually empowering a new regulatory agency so they don't have to be bothered with details like how it might work. If we can get them to spend all their time monitoring one another, even that will disappear. "No man's life or property is safe while the Legislature is in session", but if they're all preparing their testimony before the Select Committee on Committees it can't really be said to be "in session", now can it?

To go along with that reform, I propose tax relief for the providers of junkets. Fifty percent of what is paid to get a Congresscritter out of Washington should be a direct tax credit, rising to seventy-five percent if the destination of the junket is outside North America. If everybody who isn't preparing presentations for the Committee Committee is in Paris or Thailand, all we'll have to deal with is the crap that's already in place, and we've pretty well adjusted to that.

Regards,
Ric

topsecretk9

I missed this:

The FBI has begun several internal investigations, including at least one that could result in criminal charges, over leaks to the media about public corruption probes shortly before last month's elections.

At least one of the alleged leaks involves the federal inquiry of Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa. He lost his House seat weeks after the FBI raided the homes and offices of his daughter and her business partner.

"There are a series of investigations we've undertaken, some by our inspection side, and some, at least one we're looking at as a criminal investigation," FBI Director Robert Mueller told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

"Although I usually say I can neither confirm nor deny an investigation, I think it's fair to say in this particular case we are pursuing it, and by that I mean (the leak involving) Congressman Weldon," Mueller said.

Mueller described himself as "exceptionally disappointed, and that is being charitable, in terms of my response upon hearing about the leak."

On Oct. 13, McClatchy Newspapers reported that the FBI was looking into whether Weldon illegally steered $1 million in contracts to his daughter's lobbying firm. Agents followed up with the raid three days later, in part out of fear that evidence would be destroyed after the investigation was exposed.

Officials also confirmed federal investigations of several other House lawmakers that month, including former Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., and retiring Rep. Jim Kolbe, R-Ariz. All three men have maintained their innocence.

Senators scolded Mueller about the leaks. The committee chairman, Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said the disclosures were "just disastrous" for suspects who have not been charged, much less proven guilty.


http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nation/4385126.html

Semanticleo

For once I agree with the negatory assessment of more oversight. What we really need is another rubber stamp congress so the current occupant of the WH can do WETFHeWants.

ioe

'Either it will be after the event'
The committee will need to go back for seven years. The Committee will need to check the CIA funded Afghanistan war and pacicfication program-where most of the Intelligence Committee 'ethical errors' occurred.

So, in addition to funding through other agencies like USAID, we have to check foreign appropraitions because the funding is intelligence related?

Since CIA has penetrated DOD/DIA/NSA by having retired Air Force personnel transfer CIA analysts over to DOD/NSA/DIA as they lobby for the same power CIA operations officers have at DOD operations officers; we see the dems going right for the money and control of DOD using the funding for intelligence work performed at DOD by the CIA analysts.

Well, here Plame explained the purpose of her federal employment at CIA as an operations officer-attack the administration and get rewards from dems like Kerry(he hired Wilson) as they run for President, not to mention complaints to the Intelligence Committee to attack the administration and financial rewards through covert CIA/USAID funding.


"The new unit will be called the Select Intelligence Oversight Panel and be composed of members of the House Intelligence and Appropriations committees, Ms. Pelosi said at a news conference. “Its purpose is to protect the American people with the best possible intelligence, recognizing the role that Congress plays in all of this,” Ms. Pelosi said"


Best possible intelligence as an excuse for not checking the real funding issues. Select Intelligence Oversight Panel created for funding issues that will be made up of person from the Intelligence Committee and Appropriations? They are monitoring themselves! Best intelligence would indicate self policing is a mistake, but, maybe, the idea is that it's really not funding or ethical issues, but best possible intelligence which may not involve funding or ethical issues?

Pelosi looks like she is creating another panel, that may or may not address funding and ethical issues - because they are making all the decisions.

Devil details? It's all self policing.

Jane

So they are reporting that jon Carry is over negotiating with the Syrian president, planning to head to Iran to negotiate with Armadinnerjacket.

I'm not surprised. I just wish we wouldn't let him back in the country now that he's left.

clarice

My wicked thought, too, Jane.

Sue

Have y'all seen http://www.newsobserver.com/1185/story/521773.html>this?

Did Nifong and his investigators know the results of all the DNA tests? Cooney asked.

“I believe so,” Meehan said.

“Did they know the test results excluded Reade Seligmann?” Cooney asked.

“I believe so,” Meehan said.

Was the failure to report these results the intentional decision of you and the district attorney? Cooney asked.

“Yes,” Meehan replied.

At that answer, several people in the packed courtroom clapped. Superior Court Judge W. Osmond Smith III warned the standing-room only crowd to be quiet or leave.

Truthman

WHAT's that sound, right-o-turds??!

WHY, it's the TRUTH-TRAIN come to town!

It's next stop: IMPEACHMENTVILLE!!!

WHO controls the funding for the CIA??!

Not the DEMOCRATS!!!

Not the REPUBLICANS!!!

I'll spell it out for you!!!!!

G. L. O. B. A. L. I. S. T.
C. O. R. P. O. R. A. T. I. O. N. S.

It's the GLOBALIST MEGA-KKKORPORTATIONS who control THE MONEY!!! Why BOTHER with the PUPPETS when IT'S ALL UP TO THE PUPPET-MASTERS!!!! THEY CONTROL THE CIA!! THEY CONTROL THE FBI!!! R.O.V.E. AND HIS CHIMP-O-LACKEY DANCE THEIR TUNE!!!! THEY CONTROL BOTH SIDES OF THE DEMO-PUBLICAN EQUATION AND THE ONLY WINNING MOVE IN THIS GAME IS NOT TO PLAY!!!!

END CRIMINAL KORPORATE PROFIT$ $LAUGHTER NOW!!.
END KORPORATE RULE!!!!
FREE MUMIA!!!

Patton

http://www.newsobserver.com/1185/story/521773.html

SICKENING! Nifong needs to be either arrested, disbarred or at the very least removed from this case entirely and the judge should sanction him for his lies to the court.
This lab should be barred from doing any business with the state.

anonymous

Truthman...you had me until that mumia part.
He should just be freed, but appointed President for life.

Mouame

Bond, Kit Bond:

USAID and what's in a name? Plame and Wilson won't get much in NM:

NEW TALENT -- Governor Matt Blunt has grabbed Sen. Jim Talent's former communications director to be his own. Rich Chrismer was announced yesterday as the governor's new mouthpiece.

SmokeVanThorn

Don't stop there Truthman! Tell us what your costume looks like! And about all the nifty gadgets you have in your secret headquarter's (mother's basement)!

richard mcenroe

So, the Democrats don't want to actually run the intel committees responsibly. They just want to handle the money.

SunnyDay

I like Truthman. :)

Pofarmer

we'd all be well-advised to arm ourselves.

Done;0)

Now for a little more ammo shopping. Cheaper by the case you know.

clarice

http://www.americanthinker.com/2006/12/naked_to_our_enemies.html

Larry

"...recognizing the role that Congress plays in all of this,” Ms. Pelosi said. Yeah, we recognize the role: Divulging classified info to the NYT.

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