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:
whereas your House committee of theoretical overseers of the NSA, CIA and U.S. intelligence gathering in general are these folks currently:
|Heather Wilson||Republican||New Mexico|
|Jo Ann Davis||Republican||Virginia|
|John McHugh||Republican||New York|
|Alcee L. Hastings||Democrat||Florida|
|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|
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.