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Eshoo calls for probe of covert CIA program

Says eight-year-old program was never disclosed to Congress

U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, Thursday called for an investigation of a covert CIA program that she said ran from 2001 to June 2009 without Congressional knowledge.

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Posted by OLDPARES
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 9, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Nice try. Everyone knows it's to protect Pelosi. Gotta love politics.


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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 9, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Tyranny thrives when citizens blind themselves with petty politics so they can't see the real tyranny. Go for it, Anna.


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Posted by abcnew
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jul 9, 2009 at 4:02 pm

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 9, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

So, OLDPARES, the government has no right to any secrecy? Wait til your congressman responds to criticism by publicizing your medical record. When someone is briefed but does not understand, then the briefed was not the one to receive the briefing. On the other hand, with leaks like the Walker family, the Nicholson family and Robert Hanssen, perhaps we are foolish to think we have any secrets.


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Posted by Call for probe of Page Mill Props!
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 9, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Anna needs to get back down to the planet the rest of us dwell on and pretend to care about local issues - even if they may be in conflict w/what her ex does or where her personal interests may lie. Anna - get a clue - you're losing your constituency over a number of issues that you're not handling.


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2009 at 7:02 pm

Frankly, it would be surprising if the CIA did not mislead the Congress. It's pretty easy to fulfill the obligation to "inform" the gang of eight without being very specific or pointing out the consequences of programs. A nice Powerpoint bullet chart can do the trick very easily. When the informed cannot discuss the presentation with anyone, they could easily miss the finer points.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 10, 2009 at 4:17 am

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Since congress has, for the last quarter century, failed to punish its members for blatant "sharing" our military and diplomatic secrets with enemies, I can understand some discretion in that sharing.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 10, 2009 at 9:54 am

This is obvious cover for Pelosi, who made a major fool of herself recently trying to explain why she did not object to waterboarding a long time ago when she was briefed. Her own party member Panetta stated she was wrong.

This new tactic could backfire and bring all her foolish accusations back under scrutiny again.

Incidentally, since our representatives by their own admission do not read the very bills they vote on, isn't it conceivable that they don't pay much attention in briefings either?


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Posted by rem
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 10, 2009 at 12:34 pm

I love the following comment from 16 hours ago:::::

**""Anna needs to get back down to the planet the rest of us dwell on and pretend to care about local issues - even if they may be in conflict w/what her ex does or where her personal interests may lie. Anna - get a clue - you're losing your constituency over a number of issues that you're not handling.""**

GET BACK TO LOCAL ISSUES (That is where the votes are....)

**How about a Commissary and Base Exchange at Moffett**

It would be nice if The Bay Area Congressional Delegation (8th, PELOSI, NANCY/9th, LEE, BARBARA/12th, SPEIER, JACKIE/13th, STARK, PETE/14th, ESHOO, ANNA/15TH, HONDA, MICHAEL/16TH,LOFGREN, ZOE ) *CARED*…

IT would also be nice if our Senators CARED too…..

BUT Moffett Field is in Eshoo’s and Lofgren’s backyard so why should anyone else really CARE….

Please do something NOW.

At Moffett Field The Bay Area Congressional Delegation and our senatorial delegation needs to make a Base Exchange/Commissary combination their FIRST priority. The Bay Area Congressional Delegation needs to ask why is DeCA and AAFES not getting assistance in securing land on/at Moffett Field.

IT can be just one word – NOW.

It is time our (?) congressional and senatorial delegation get together…

Think of what the POWER of NINE people could do IF THEY REALLY CARED..


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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 10, 2009 at 2:36 pm

"How about a Commissary and Base Exchange at Moffett"

Reading these threads can make one dizzy. This one morphed from exposing CIA misdeeds to demands for more pork spending in less than 25 hours.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 10, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

O.K., How about a CIA exchange at Moffett?


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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 11, 2009 at 11:36 am

I love it..yes..please..I BEG you Anna, bring out all the CIA briefings from 2001-2008 ( careful..only want the ones when Bush was Pres!!)..then call for all of them from Clinton, and be sure to make them all completely open from Obama years starting..now!.

That will do SO much good for our country's security and make great incentives for our best and brightest minds in the CIA to brainstorm and use their best judgement and wisdom!

Just like the incredibly healthy "prosecute Bush legal advisors" push by Holder...which has shut down any serious legal advise coming in now for fear the NEXT admin will call for THEIR prosecution.

Just love it. The best politics and best ideas from around the world, brought here to the USA.

Can't wait to see where we are in another 3 years.






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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 12, 2009 at 10:38 am

I disagree with Perspective's total trust in big government. Governments exist by the consent of the governed; tyranny results when the government becomes unaccountable.

Bush went on record favoring a dictatorship before he was even inaugurated, and he and Cheney tried to create a big, unaccountable government. Fortunately for our democracy, they were too incompetent to accomplish more than creating a bigger government.


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Posted by Dick
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 12, 2009 at 10:52 am

CNN report on CIA lying to congress: Web Link


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