Cheney Ordered CIA To Hide Secret Program

Hot on the heals of my post calling for criminal trials for Bush and Cheney comes this news from the BBC. Here’s an excerpt:

Cheney ‘ordered CIA to hide plan’
Dick Cheney played a key role in US anti-terror policy after 9/11

The head of the CIA has accused former US Vice-President Dick Cheney of concealing an intelligence programme from Congress, a top US senator says.

The existence of the programme, set up after 9/11, was hidden for eight years and even now its nature is not known.

Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein confirmed CIA chief Leon Panetta told Congressional committees he had abandoned the project on hearing of it.

He said that Mr Cheney was behind the secrecy, Sen Feinstein said.

There has been no comment from Mr Cheney.

War of words

The California senator, who is chairwoman of the Senate intelligence committee, told Fox News Sunday that Mr Panetta told her about the programme to her on 24 June, shortly after hearing about it, and said he had cancelled it.

The Bush administration may have broken the law, Sen Feinstein said, adding that Congress should never be kept in the dark, even though the country was still in shock after the 9/11 attacks.

“This is a big problem,” she said.

“I understand the need of the day… but I think you weaken your case when you go outside the law.”

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