Skip to comments.Low on the intelligence curve
Posted on 07/14/2004 12:21:33 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has found bad information was provided to the Bush administration in the run-up to the Iraq war. Some members of Congress claim if they known then what they now know they would have not voted to authorize force to topple Saddam Hussein.
That adage about being careful about the finger you point at others because three are pointing back at you applies here. It is Congress, not the executive branch, that fashions our intelligence apparatus, authorizes money and sets parameters beyond which information collection may not legally go. Congress should at least share equal blame with the various intelligence agencies for faulty information. That includes the newly minted Democratic vice presidential candidate, John Edwards, a member of the Select Committee who apparently was not aware of much in his rapid pursuit of higher goals.
A little history adds to the understanding of the restrictions under which the CIA has been forced to operate. The CIA was created in 1947 to address the Soviet Union's growing espionage activities. In the mid-1970s, Congress and the public began questioning the role of the agency following the Vietnam War and Watergate scandal. The media disclosed many abuses by intelligence agencies and new guidelines were recommended by presidential commissions and drafted by congressional committees, including one headed by former Sen. Frank Church, Idaho Democrat, restricting the work of the CIA and mandating stronger legislative oversight.
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"In the mid-1970's.....the media disclosed many abuses..." Leading the media charge on the CIA then was our friend Seymour Hersh -- who is "Mr. Abu Ghraib." Results of the Church Committee hearings, prompted by media people like Hersh, were restrictions on CIA intelligence practices which culminated in tragedies such as 9-11.