Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Investigating the Leak

Congress has sprung into action over the leak of CIA information to the press. But don't expect Scooter or Karl to get their chance to pull an Ollie North, this investigation is into the Washington Post story that outlined the fact that the CIA is running a prison system in foreign countries and avoiding Congressional oversight of the conditions of these prisons.

Bill Frist and Denny Hastert have decided that this is when they will use their Congressional oversight capacity. Whether or not this story needs a Congressional investigation is certainly debatable, but given the fact that there have been no serious Congressional investigations into leaks by administration officials, or even into whether the administration manipulated intelligence in making its case for war, its abundantly clear that this has little to do with oversight and everything to do with politics. With this type of leadership, no wonder so many Republicans are worried about 2006.