Last weekend, the New York Times reported that after 9/11, the CIA
developed a "secret counterterrorism program" to train hit squads to kill
top al Qaeda leaders. It seemed like good news to me. After all, why
bankroll an intelligence agency if you can't use it to kill an enemy
against whom America has declared war?
The news hooks: CIA Director Leon Panetta killed the program last month
after he told Senate and House Intelligence committees about the program.
And: Congress allegedly did not know about the nonoperational operation
because, according to unnamed sources, former Veep Dick Cheney told the
agency not to disclose the program to Congress.
It turns out the New York Times reported "a list of terrorist leaders the
Central Intelligence Agency is authorized to kill" on Dec. 15, 2002.
Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, a Democrat, has argued there should be an
investigation of the CIA's failure to disclose. He told ABC's "This Week,"
"To have a massive program that is concealed from the leaders in Congress
is not only inappropriate, it could be illegal." But the National Security
Act requires the CIA to "keep the congressional intelligence committees
fully and currently informed of all covert actions" - not necessarily
The Associated Press reported last week that the House Intelligence
Committee is laying the groundwork for a formal investigation. If so, the
committee might start by probing how it is that Intelligence Committee
members didn't know about a plan that had been reported on the front page
of the New York Times.
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