July 11, 2006

Pete Hoekstra says the White House is hiding more

Click through for the video at Crooks and Liars

The New York Times published a letter from Republican Representative Pete Hoekstra to President Bush. Hoekstra, who is chairman of of the House Intelligence Committee, criticized Bush for hiding surveillance programs from Congressional oversight.

On this morning’s Fox News Sunday, Hoekstra said that a whistleblower came to him with several more spying operations that were in danger of being abused without oversight.

Hoekstra: …this is actually a case where the whistleblower process was working appropriately. Some people within the intelligence community brought to my attention some programs that they believed we had not been briefed on. They were right. We have now been briefed on those programs, but I wanted to reinforce to the President and to the executive branch in the intelligence community how important and by law–the requirement that they keep the legislative branch informed of what they are doing.

Wallace: Chairman, the President always says in these cases that congressional leaders– including you, as the chairman of the House intelligence–are briefed. How do you explain this failure and how serious do you take it?

Hoekstra: Well, I take it very, very seriously otherwise I would not have written the letter to the President.

Posted by mcblogger at July 11, 2006 01:21 AM

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