Sunday, December 9, 2007

Catch 22

Here's an example of our Constitutional governmental system stuck of stupid.
From the Washington Post :
In September 2002, four members of Congress met in secret for a first look at a unique CIA program designed to wring vital information from reticent terrorism suspects in U.S. custody. For more than an hour, the bipartisan group, which included current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was given a virtual tour of the CIA's overseas detention sites and the harsh techniques interrogators had devised to try to make their prisoners talk

Congressional officials say the groups' ability to challenge the practices was hampered by strict rules of secrecy that prohibited them from being able to take notes or consult legal experts or members of their own staffs.

So our congresscritters get briefed on waterboarding and other fun and enhanced interrogation techniques, and are not allowed to tell anybody about what they were told. Please explain how congress is going to do oversight with this kind of non-sense. No wonder American's opinion of their government is at the barrels bottom.

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