Playing games

Via Talking Points Memo. They don’t even want you to know the definitions, because then you’ll know how they’re misleading you:

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has taken the unusual step of actively blocking a former committee aide from talking to TPM about congressional oversight of the intelligence community. At issue isn’t classified sources and methods of intelligence gathering but general information about how the committee functions — and how it should function. The committee’s refusal to allow former general counsel Vicki Divoll to disclose unclassified information to a reporter was the first and only time it has sought to block her from making public comments, based on her experience as one of its most senior aides, since she left Capitol Hill in 2003.

The committee’s decision comes amid fallout from leaks of classified National Security Agency documents by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden. In light of the Snowden revelations about the country’s secret surveillance programs, TPM was reporting a story based on interviews with members of Congress and current and former aides about the successes and pitfalls of intelligence oversight on Capitol Hill. The goal was to answer some basic questions for readers: How does a classified process differ from public oversight? What challenges do the combination of government secrecy, classified briefings, and strict committee protocols present to legislators trying to control the nation’s sprawling intelligence apparatus?

2 thoughts on “Playing games

  1. The committee knows that once the NSA rock is turned over and what crawls out from under it is viewed in the light of day every politician is in serious trouble. What the NSA is doing may be legal because the Patriot Act says that it is. But the Patriot Act itself is unconstitutional and so everything that the NSA and it’s corporate contractors do is also unconstitutional. The politicians know that and they don’t want us to know it too. “It may be unconstitutional, but it’s legal” is what they tell us. What rubbish.

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