House Intelligence Committee is Angry with Bush… That’s Tough
By: Jim Kouri, CPP
After several intelligence leaks that ended up on the frontpages of the New York Times, Washington Post and other newspapers, some congressmen are angry because they didn’t know about a major counterterrorism program.
According to one congressman, the Bush administration was running several intelligence programs, including one major activity, that it kept secret from Congress until whistle-blowers told members of the House Intelligence Committee.
Rep. Pete Hoekstra, a Michigan Republican who chairs the Intelligence Committee, revealed to Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Sunday, that he had written a four-page memorandum to President George W. Bush in May warning him that the failure to disclose the intelligence activities to Congress may be a violation of the law.
“I take it very, very seriously otherwise I would not have written the [memo] to the president,” Hoekstra said.
“This is actually a case where the whistleblower process was working appropriately and people within the intelligence community brought to my attention some programs that they believed we had not been briefed on. They were right,” said Hoekstra during his interview with Fox’s Wallace.
“We asked by code name about some of these programs. We have now been briefed on those programs but I wanted to reinforce to the president and to the executive branch and the intelligence community how important by law is the requirement that they keep the legislative branch informed of what they are doing,” Hoekstra added.
While Hoekstra’s allegations appear credible, it does cause one to wonder: Why it took until July 9 to discuss with the news media a memo written and delivered last May. The answer? Politics.
Critics have charged that the Bush administration has a penchant for secrecy and has pushed its legal powers to the limit and possibly beyond in pursuing its “war on terror.” But Hoekstra’s complaint was particularly significant since it came from a strong supporter of the administration’s tactics, so wrote the New York Times and Reuters.
First, notice how the Times writes when discussing Bush and the war on terrorism, “its ‘war on terror,’” using quotation marks as if to say its not really a war or its Bush’s war. News flash for the New York Times and the rest of the miscreants within the mainstream news media: It’s America’s war on terror.
Second, when conducting intelligence operations, the Bush Administration has avoided telling the American people the truth. The truth being that if you reveal secrets including covert operations to members of the House and Senate, you might as well send a letter to the terrorists and fill them in.
I’m certain these lawmakers have their own personal moles within the intelligence and law enforcement communities — people who are promised bonuses such as promotions with higher pay, jobs available when they retire from their agencies, and political protection should they get caught leaking classified information. I’ve known some who did just that and ended up in top law enforcement positions in Washington, DC. Only we didn’t call them whistleblowers No. We called them snitches.
While there are many instances of senators and congressmen leaking information –or leaking information selectively — let’s examine just a few:
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), known as Leaky Leahy in Washington, DC, was booted off the Senate Intelligence Committee in the 1980s for leaking classified information to the media because he didn’t like the way President Ronald Reagan was threatening Leahy’s pals, the Soviets. He now sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee and guess what? He has access to classified material in his current position due to the nature of this war.
Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), bragged on Fox News about visiting the Saudis, the Syrians and other Middle East leaders to tell them Bush was about to launch an invasion of Iraq. Then he pretends he’s shocked they found so few weapons of mass destruction? Yeah, he’s definitely the right guy to brief on top secret operations. Right away!
Then we have Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who is believed to have leaked information about alleged secret jails where CIA operatives stored some top terrorist leaders. During his push to stop “torture” he made statements that — surprise! — were repeated by the Islamic radicals throughout the world. Of course, McCain’s definition of torture is almost comical. And there has been no one who can actually say with any certainty that these secret facilities exist, let alone what’s happening in these secret facilities.
Unfortunately for Americans — normal Americans — this war and all of its activities are being compromised in the name of political power by individuals who couldn’t care less how many innocent citizens are killed by terrorists
Is it just me, or does anyone else notice that our lawmakers in both houses and both parties spend more time complaining, grousing, leaking, grandstanding, spinning, lying, misleading and and generally just shooting off their mouths than they do at working to protect this country and end the conflict in Iraq.
We want our children and grandchildren brought home ASAP — and they won’t come home victorious as long as our homegrown collaborators keep providing the enemy with encouragement to “stay the course.” And classified information to help them.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for TheConservativeVoice.Com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com. Kouri’s own website is located at http://jimkouri.us
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.