Saturday, July 11, 2009
Report: Cheney Concealed Counterterrorism Program From Congress
In a blockbuster story that has long ranging political and possible legal implications, the New York Times is reporting that the CIA withheld from Congress details of a secret counterterrorism program for eight years on the direct orders of then-Vice President Dick Cheney.
The keeping from the intelligence committees of both chambers of Congress information on the program appears to be in direct contradiction of the law.
According to the Times, CIA Director Leon Panetta ordered a halt to the program late last month when he learned of its existence from subordinates.
The Times says attempts to reach Cheney for comment have thus far been unsuccessful.