White House Was Aware Of CIA's Attempt To File Criminal Complaint Against Senate Staffers; Did Nothing To Stop It

from the disgraceful dept

As the scandal over the CIA spying on Senate staffers charged with oversight of the CIA deepens, it's now come out that the White House was fully aware that the CIA was pushing forward with a criminal complaint against those very same staffers and did nothing to stop it. It's been reported that the White House is standing strongly behind the CIA on this one, and that report confirms some of the serious Constitutional/separation of powers questions that have been raised over this incident.

Having the White House be supportive of the CIA not only spying on its overseers, but then (even more ridiculously) filing a criminal complaint against those same staffers for doing their job speaks volumes about how this White House views Congressional oversight of its giant spying machine. It views it with contempt. It only reinforces how the claims that have been stated repeatedly over the past few months that there is plenty of oversight of the intelligence community are completely hogwash.

Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread

  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2014 @ 8:10am

    Sorry but if you read the article you linked to, you'll see that Carney said the President made no comment one way or the other when the CIA revealed their intention to file the complaint. So your headline "did nothing to stop it" is deceptive in the way you complain corporations and officialdom is deceptive. It doesn't exactly lie, but it's a spins the facts so they appear to be 180 from reality.

    You have no idea how the internal politics between the executive and the spy agencies of this are breaking. You have no idea if POTUS is in league with Feinstein, sympathetic, withholding judgement or opposing her. I know it's hard to take a wait and watch approach, but that's what responsible journalist and citizens DO until the details can be ascertained, then they ACT.

    Reading the comments here and it's clear you've convinced a large part of your commentators that Obama is "with" the CIA on this issue. The evidence YOU CITE YOURSELF does not support this conclusion, and neither does that evidence support your headline.

    In this instance, you're not better than the people and organizations you criticize. You should learn to take yourself more seriously. You should learn what taking things seriously entails.

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Use markdown for basic formatting. HTML is no longer supported.
  Save me a cookie
Follow Techdirt
Special Affiliate Offer
Anonymous number for texting and calling from Hushed. $25 lifetime membership, use code TECHDIRT25
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Recent Stories
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads


Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.