Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Someone Plug the Hole


(Quick Note: I've been tipped off that Drudge leans to the right. Who knew?)

This is interesting. Since when did CIA operatives start airing their political opinions in the press? Someone better put the lid on those guys. First someone attempted to affect an election by sending political hack Joe Wilson to Niger. Now this.

CIA Holds Terror Suspects in Secret Prisons

Personally, I don’t care if they send those that would kill myself and my family to the edge of the universe. But can they not keep anything quiet?

The existence and locations of the facilities -- referred to as "black sites" in classified White House, CIA, Justice Department and congressional documents -- are known to only a handful of officials in the United States…

…and, apparently, the entire press corp.

But the revelations of widespread prisoner abuse in Afghanistan and Iraq by the U.S. military -- which operates under published rules and transparent oversight of Congress -- have increased concern among lawmakers, foreign governments and human rights groups about the opaque CIA system.

You’ve got to be kidding. Who gives a damn what Amnesty International or France think about it? And since when is the CIA supposed to be anything other than ‘opaque’?

…said one former senior intelligence officer who is familiar with the program but not the location of the prisons.

…according to several former and current intelligence officials and other U.S. government officials

…according to current and former U.S. intelligence officials and foreign sources

…according to current and former intelligence officers and two other U.S. government officials.

…said current and former and U.S. and foreign government and intelligence officials.

…said a former senior intelligence officer who worked in the CIA's Counterterrorist Center, or CTC, during that period.

…another former senior CIA official said.

…but the consensus among current and former intelligence and other government officials interviewed for this article is that he did not have to.

…according to several former and current U.S. government and intelligence officials.

…said a senior CIA officer.

…current and former officials said.

…said several former and current intelligence officials.

…according to four current and former officials.

…one intelligence official said.

Several former and current intelligence officials, as well as several other U.S. government officials with knowledge of the program, express frustration that the White House…

…said the intelligence official.

I only have two questions. When does the Grand Jury stand up and when do the Congressional hearings begin? With Democrats now concerned with leaked CIA information, it should be no problem bringing these leakers to justice.