Thursday, May 18, 2006

Getting "briefed" is the new oversight, apparently

Wider Briefing for Lawmakers on Spy Efforts - New York Times...this is really an outrage. The whole tenor of this article is just flawed. I'm not even going to bother with excerpts. It's just enough to make you want to wretch before your breakfast.

The gist of the Hayden hearing dynamic is this. Briefings in advance of a hearing are doled out on what seems like a quid pro quo basis. We'll brief you and show you that we trust you with this sensitive information, we'll let you into the club. And in return, you ask your nice little questions of General Hayden. But anything tough would be a no-no, you'd be risking security you pesky little Senators! And we can't have a full and free-wheeling, rigorous oversight now, we have to be polite and cowed.

These Senators are being herded like cattle.