Posted by: Puma1 | May 13, 2009

Smart Strategy? Top Democrats Declare War on the CIA

Democrats charged Tuesday that the CIA has released documents about congressional briefings on harsh interrogation techniques in order to deflect attention and blame away from itself.

“I think there is so much embarrassment in some quarters [of the CIA] that people are going to try to shift some of the responsibility to others — that’s what I think,” said Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), who sat on the Senate Intelligence Committee and was briefed on interrogation techniques five times between 2006 and 2007…

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, said he finds it “interesting” that a document detailing congressional briefings was released just as “some of the groups that have been responsible for these interrogation techniques were taking the most criticism.”

Asked whether the CIA was seeking political cover by releasing the documents, Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said: “Sure it is.”

The CIA has long been on the receiving end of harsh rebukes from Congress …But with the release of records showing that it briefed members of Congress along the way, the CIA has effectively put lawmakers on the defensive…

Intelligence Committee member Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) said it appears that “members of the committee or their staff were not in any way involved in [the release of the document]. It appears to come from the executive branch itself. … I think it’s unbelievable.”

Questions about the CIA’s motives have added to bad feelings between the CIA and Democrats on the Hill and in the Obama administration…

via Democrats: CIA is out to get us – Manu Raju – POLITICO.com.

I don’t think antagonizing the United States intelligence community is a smart idea by Obama and tthe Democrats in Washington.

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  1. Now they’ve done it! I thought these Hill Dems were going to save the CIA from the politicizers in the Bush Administration. But, I guess I was wrong again. All the Dems are interested in is destroying the CIA. They proved Kappes to be a toady and Pannetta to be their lap dog. The CIA will not be beholden to any political party and its interests shall be protected at all costs.


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