Monday, July 13, 2009

Dick Cheney behind Concealment of Anti-Terrorist Program

September 11, 2001...enough said. Therefore, it wouldn't surprise Americans if there was a government agency set-up to protect citizens from terrorist threats. I mean, I would hope that some type of program, besides war, was developed to prevent another attack and/or instruct citizens on how to combat such a threat, if another were to occur.

First noted by the New York Times, former Vice President Dick Cheney ordered the CIA not to inform Congress of such a program, which was immediately developed after September 11th. On June 23rd of this year, Leon E. Panetta, the CIA's newly elected leader, closed the secret program only hours after knowing of its existence. On June 24th, Panetta held separate sessions with Congress and the CIA to learn more of the matter.

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, has claimed the ignorance of the CIA since May 2009, stating that no one told Congress about its waterboarding techniques in 2002.

It is the president's job, however, that the CIA informs Congress of its activities, leaving politicians--and Americans, in general--to wonder what the Bush administration's take on this was and why the was concealed. Some suggest that the program was highly prioritized and not fully developed, but not informing Congress of the program's status is against the law and may be investigated fairly soon.


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