Destroying the CIA

David Ignatius, who already has expressed distaste for the political assault launched by the administration and Congress on the CIA, is beside himself after the latest shenanigans. He writes:

The latest “scandals” involving the Central Intelligence Agency are genuinely hard to understand, other than in terms of political payback. Attorney General Eric Holder is considering appointing a prosecutor to investigate criminal actions by CIA officers involved in the harsh interrogation of al-Qaeda prisoners. But the internal CIA report on which he’s said to be basing this decision was referred five years ago to the Justice Department, where attorneys concluded that no prosecution was warranted.
Meanwhile, Democrats in Congress are indignant that they were never briefed about a program to assassinate al-Qaeda operatives in friendly countries. Never mind that the program wasn’t implemented, or that the United States is routinely assassinating al-Qaeda operatives using unmanned drones. And never mind that Leon Panetta, the new CIA director — fearing a potential flap — briefed Congress about the program soon after he became aware of it. There was a flap anyway — with a new hemorrhage of secrets and a new shudder from America’s intelligence partners around the world.

His contempt for the latest “scandal” will no doubt be bolstered by the latest intelligence official, Admiral Dennis Blair, stepping forward to announce there was no legal obligation to brief Congress on a program that never came to fruition.

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