When the Senate Intelligence Committee was investigating the CIA torture program (the report of which the Obama administration still refuses to release), they made a deal with the CIA that they could use computers at the agency without being monitored. It looks like the CIA violated that agreement and spied on legislators and staffers anyway.
The CIA Inspector General’s Office has asked the Justice Department to investigate allegations of malfeasance at the spy agency in connection with a yet-to-be released Senate Intelligence Committee report into the CIA’s secret detention and interrogation program, McClatchy has learned.
The criminal referral may be related to what several knowledgeable people said was CIA monitoring of computers used by Senate aides to prepare the study. The monitoring may have violated an agreement between the committee and the agency.
The development marks an unprecedented breakdown in relations between the CIA and its congressional overseers amid an extraordinary closed-door battle over the 6,300-page report on the agency’s use of waterboarding and harsh interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists held in secret overseas prisons. The report is said to be a searing indictment of the program. The CIA has disputed some of the reports findings.
Unprecedented? Do they really think this is the first time the CIA has spied on Congress? How could this surprise anyone? The CIA lied to Congress over and over again, as they have from the moment they formed. The report in question documents that, which is undoubtedly one reason why the Obama administration refuses to release it (especially in light of the fact that the current Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, has also directly lied to Congress about NSA spying).
Where is Sen. Frank Church when we need him? And where is that president who is supposed to be a civil libertarian, a critic of executive power and promised the most transparent administration in history? Oh yeah, he only existed when campaigning for office. In fact, my former colleague Spencer Ackerman reports that Sen. Mark Udall says Obama knew about the spying.