Truth, Justice and Hypocrisy in the GOP's Hyper-Partisanship Follies

Explain the logic of why the GOP wants Pelosi to resign again...? Why not just engage a commission to investigate torture to find out exactly what happened, who knew what and when did they know it? Why aren't the GOP pundits and Congress-critters -- both current and former -- naming any of their own and demanding an investigation of everyone and the entire program?

I've seen screeching by insane, unbalanced right-wingers and headlines claiming that the GOP is loudly proclaiming that Pelosi could have objected to the process. That, of course, begs a pertinent question: Which (R) individuals objected? What were they told, and when? Where are calls for their resignations? Why is the GOP so silent on their own involvement and complicity? Why are their pundits and their rabid base of supporters not interested in a full and complete investigation?

And what's so objectionable about criticizing the CIA -- weren't they involved? Haven't they been involved in conspiracies and cover-ups before?

The CIA has a habit of lying to Congress and the President.


In fact, the CIA has lied to members of Congress a number of times, detailed in Tim Weiner's history of the CIA, Legacy of Ashes. Here are just a few prominent instances:

  • In the 1950s, Director of Central Intelligence Allen Dulles, after being told by Senator Joseph McCarthy that tha CIA was "neither sacrosanct nor immune from investigation," began waging a "down and dirty covert operation on McCarthy" which included attempting to bug his office and feeding his staff with disinformation "in order to discredit him."

  • Former CIA Director Richard Helms was convicted in 1977 of lying to Congress about the United States' role in overthrowing the democratically elected president of Chile, Salvador Allende. Allende was succeeded by brutal dictator Augusto Pinochet.

  • In 1982, Congress passed a law prohibiting the administration from ousting the leftist regime in Nicaragua. The CIA kept trying to overthrow the Sandanistas.  CIA Director Bill Casey testified frequently before oversight committees Congress about the agency's covert action plans, during which he was often misleading. "Casey was guilty of Contempt of Congress from the day he was sworn in," Robert Gates, former head of the CIA and current Secretary of Defense, told Weiner. When the Iran Contra Scandal began to break, Casey lied to Congress, denying that they had traded arms for hostages with Iran.

  • On September 17, 2001, George Tenet told Congress that Iraq had provided al Qaeda with training in combat, bomb-making, and weapons of mass destruction. That information was based on a single source, the interrogation Ibn al-Shakh al Libi, who later recanted and whom we now know was tortured for that information. Tenet of course, hasn't recanted.

These are just some of the cases in which the CIA lied to Congress. In the context of a number of covert operations, the CIA has even lied to the President. This is part of the nature of what we, as a country ask them to do as an organization--the CIA is constantly being asked to engage in illegal behavior, punished when their analysis doesn't fit the preordained conclusions of whatever administration is in power, and then is exclusively blamed when the information comes out or the operations go sour. That's a regrettable state of affairs that says more about the hypocrisy of our leaders than it does about the committed men and women of the CIA.

It's possible that Pelosi isn't telling the whole truth about what she knew. But it wouldn't be unprecedented for the CIA to lie or withhold information from members of Congress. Leon Panetta's letter to CIA employees, obtained by Greg Sargent, is so completely ambiguous that it both asserts that the CIA briefed members of Congress "truthfully" about the interrogation of Abu Zubayda even as it says "Ultimately, it is up to Congress to evaluate all the evidence and reach its own conclusions about what happened." If it's "up to Congress," how can the CIA's version of events be relied upon?

So, why call Pelosi despicable? Why not simply call for investigations into who knew what, and when? Just initiate a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of torture and the scope of the program. Why simply attack Pelosi?

Pelosi wasn't the only one on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

...oh, wait -- she's a Dem. It's a partisan thing, not a quest for justice or any attempt to actually investigate the crimes against humanity and the nation perpetrated during the previous administration, regardless of which parties were involved.

...that would be justice -- something the GOP and reich-wingers cannot abide.

The hypocrisy levels are truly pegging the irony meters, particularly with all the forced false outrage about "lying" when nary a peep about the disastrous previous Administrations constant lies, unConstitutional behavior, criminal behavior, rampant corruption and obvious crimes against humanity are still uninvestigated and unpunished.

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This is another example of the GOP trying to distract us from the core issue and practice partisan politics and witchhunts at the expense of taxpayer time, money and the good of the nation.

Until they start calling for their own people to step down or to be thrown out of Congress, and until they push for a genuine investigation by an independent prosecutor into the full sordid mess instead of simply trying to nail a leader of the opposing party, they aren't engaging in meaningful debate. They are simply further attempting to thwart justice and undermine democracy, practice partisan politics and duck accountability for the role they've played in nearly destroying our nation.

The GOP--Justice, truth, responsibility?  These are all oxymoronic concepts relative to the GOP.  The GOP seeks nothing but political advantage, that's why they're rapidly headed the way of the Wigs.

Eric L. Wattree

Religious bigotry: It's not that I hate everybody who doesn't look, think, and act like me - it's just that God does.

This article reflects my opinion perfectly.  Why is there so much hostility to a simple request for an investigation that allows the chips to fall where they may?

Thank you, Hawk.  Now I can delete my rant and write about something else. This is one of the reasons that I love ePluribus--sanity combined with reason and objectivity. It's a novel approach in twenty-one Century America.

Eric L. Wattree

Religious bigotry: It's not that I hate everybody who doesn't look, think, and act like me - it's just that God does.