Saturday, May 13, 2006

Intelligence oversight, or lack thereof

FYI, my fellow Americans, your Senate committee of theoretical overseers of the NSA, CIA and U.S. intelligence gathering in general are these folks currently:



Pat Roberts, Kansas
John D. Rockefeller IV
West Virginia, Vice Chairman
Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Carl Levin, Michigan
Mike Dewine, Ohio Dianne Feinstein, California
Christopher S. Bond, Missouri Ron Wyden, Oregon
Trent Lott, Mississippi Evan Bayh, Indiana
Olympia J. Snowe, Maine Barbara A. Mikulski, Maryland
Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Russell D. Feingold, Wisconsin
Saxby Chambliss, Georgia

whereas your House committee of theoretical overseers of the NSA, CIA and U.S. intelligence gathering in general are these folks currently:

Name Party State
Peter Hoekstra Republican Michigan
Ray LaHood Republican Illinois
Terry Everett Republican Alabama
Elton Gallegly Republican California
Heather Wilson Republican New Mexico
Jo Ann Davis Republican Virginia
Mac Thornberry Republican Texas
John McHugh Republican New York
Todd Tiahrt Republican Kansas
Mike Rogers Republican Michigan
Rick Renzi Republican Arizona
Darrell Issa Republican California
Jane Harman Democrat California
Alcee L. Hastings Democrat Florida
Silvestre Reyes Democrat Texas
Leonard L. Boswell Democrat Iowa
Robert E. (Bud) Cramer, Jr Democrat Alabama
Anna G. Eshoo Democrat California
Rush D. Holt Democrat New Jersey
C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger Democrat Maryland
John Tierney Democrat Massachusetts

And here are a few words from Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi on Jan. 17, 2006 in the Washington Post after the first leaks of NSA domestic spying.

In the 17 months since the Sept. 11 commission called on Congress to review the adequacy of its intelligence oversight system, I have written to House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.)four times to urge that we proceed in a bipartisan fashion to get that job done. In the letters, I have proposed that the House create a bipartisan, bicameral working group to recommend improvements to the oversight process. Its goal would be to find ways for Congress to more effectively carry out our statutory requirement to specifically authorize all intelligence activities; to make sure that all information provided to the chairs and ranking minority-party members of the intelligence committees is made available to every committee member, and to better ensure that information provided to Congress by intelligence agencies is complete and candid.

Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) and other members with intelligence expertise have made similar requests. So far no action has been taken.

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