Friday, October 12, 2007

Congress Protects Alleged Terrorists Against CIA

It's so obvious: In time of war, it's important to know who is on which side.

Particularly if you're one of the people running the war.

The CIA has been investigating the Inspector General (IG), who has been investigating the CIA. The CIA says that the IG takes up too much of their time. The spy agency also says that the IG, in one case, started out with the assumption that detainees at Guantanamo were being mistreated, and then looked for evidence that might support that assumption.

Acting with a swift resolve seldom seen in Washington, Oregon's Senator Wyden sent a letter to the Director of National Intelligence, asking the Director to call off the CIA's probe.

The he rounded up reporters. "I just don't want to see the intimidation of inspector generals in Washington, D.C., and I'm of the view that people who know that they're doing the right thing aren't afraid of oversight," the senator told them.

I realize that it's election season, and that politicians have to do this sort of thing. It's a tradition to get passionately involved with high-profile issues.

And, I agree that checks and balances, and some sort of accountability, are important. Just the same, This is another case where I wonder if the people on capitol hill know who's trying to keep them alive, and who's trying to kill them.

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Note! Although I believe that these websites and blogs are useful resources for understanding the War on Terror, I do not necessarily agree with their opinions. 1 1 Given a recent misunderstanding of the phrase "useful resources," a clarification: I do not limit my reading to resources which support my views, or even to those which appear to be accurate. Reading opinions contrary to what I believed has been very useful at times: sometimes verifying my previous assumptions, sometimes encouraging me to change them.

Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.