2 comments to June 25 House Report on Intelligence Funding
The section on strengthening oversight discusses the Chalabi affair and Abu Ghraib. The section is very near the end of the report. A short excerpt:
The abuses of Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib were
reprehensible. Equally stunning was the executive branch’s
failure to inform this Committee of the abuses at Abu Ghraib.
Members of this Committee were in Baghdad in mid-February, just
when Major General Taguba was undertaking his investigation.
There was no mention of any problems.
There are numerous other examples of incidents and problems
that should have been brought forward to this Committee but
never were–until they were revealed in the media.
Witnesseshave been asked pointed questions. Members on both sides of
the aisle have urged them to be forthcoming. Yet, still we find a
shocking lack of candor.
And, regarding Chalabi:
In the case of Ahmed Chalabi, the Committee must find out
why the executive branch invested so much political and
financial capital in a man with such a checkered past.
Mr. Chalabi has undermined U.S. national security in a
number of ways. For example, there are indications that he and
his associates led the Administration to believe the Iraqi
people would welcome U.S. soldiers as liberators. There are
also strong indications that he or his organization provided
false information on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction
programs prior to the war.
The foreign language section is somewhat uplifting, however. New requirements are being introduced for all members of the US intelligence community, and especially those in Senior Intelligence Service, for “having professional speaking and reading proficiency of at least level 3″. Unfortunately, there’s a loophole, “The Director of Central Intelligence is tasked with
providing to Congress a report explaining which positions, if
any, should be exempt from this requirement.”.
On Ms. Eshoo’s amendment to withhold 100% of funds
authorized for certain intelligence related activities of the
Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence until such time as
the Committee receives a report and documents relating to the
funding and activities of Ahmed Chalabi, the Committee rejected
the amendment by a vote of 8 ayes to 10 noes.
On that vote, the Members present recorded their
votes as follows: Mr. Goss (Chairman)–no; Mr.
Bereuter–no; Mr. Gibbons–no; Mr. LaHood–no; Mr.
Cunningham–no; Mr. Hoekstra–no; Mr. Burr–no; Mr.
Everett–no; Mr. Gallegly–no; Mr. Collins–no; Mrs.
Harman–aye; Mr. Reyes–aye; Mr. Boswell–aye; Mr.
Peterson–aye; Mr. Cramer–aye; Ms. Eshoo–aye; Mr.
Holt–aye; Mr. Ruppersberger–aye.