CIA May Have Illegally Spied on Congress

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.

Comments

  1. jameshanley says

    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?

    It doesn’t matter because ACA, not-Romney and shut up.

  2. says

    I may have been lying when I got an account at “Christian Mingle” and announced that I have a 14″ (uncut) Tool of Redemption.

    The fable of the scorpion and the frog, thousands of years after it’s first telling, still rings true.

  3. sqlrob says

    The monitoring may have violated an agreement between the committee and the agency.

    Why need an agreement? Shouldn’t they need, oh, I don’t know, a WARRANT? If they didn’t the committee isn’t doing its job.

  4. says

    Do they really think this is the first time the CIA has spied on Congress?

    Someone’s gotta keep congress in line, otherwise we might have some fool attempt to have a democracy or something.

  5. says

    They’re just doing their job. If Congress has Nothing to Hide, they have nothing to worry about. The Watchmen are watching the Watchmen (also, everybody else). Keeping us Safe.

  6. garnetstar says

    The CIA needs to be spying on Congress, for our security! After all, 81 representatives are members of the Communist party (reported by former rep. Allen West). The rest are Islamo-fascists, I am sure.

  7. D. C. Sessions says

    This is an outrage.

    How dare they treat Members of Congress the same as mere citizens? If the CIA does that, then how can Congress represent us?

  8. John Pieret says

    Finally! Now, at long last, something will be done about NSA/CIA spying … on members of Congress.

  9. says

    Sqlrob@3:

    “Why need an agreement? Shouldn’t they need, oh, I don’t know, a WARRANT? If they didn’t the committee isn’t doing its job.”

    Given that the computers were owned by the CIA, I doubt they would need a warrant to monitor them.

    Rachel Maddow made a blistering case this week showing how the CIA has been wrong about virtually every major geopolitical even of the las seventy years, up to and including whether Putin would invade Ukraine. The agency needs to be scrapped and our spy system should be rebuilt from the ground up.

  10. eric says

    Yeah its not unexpected and yeah Congress isn’t exactly a group that’s going to stir a lot of sympathy, but at the same time, this seems like an incredibly stupid thing for the CIA to do. I mean, you’re the dog every neighbor hates to see off the leash. They’re all complaining to your owner about your bad behavior. Yet despite that, your owner lets you off the leash. So, you decide to…bite him?

    Well, hopefully this will tick off Congress mightily.

  11. Crudely Wrott says

    Stay tuned, fanbois and fangoils, as we watch the reality of official malfeasance beat the shit out of those three silly religious movies coming to a screen near you!

    *sadly, far too few noticed. they were distracted by their competing theories about a missing airliner*

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