Thursday, January 19, 2006

The CRS war on the Bush adminstration

Advance copy, Hinderaker's column regarding the CRS report on the Legality of Briefings

Leaking Researching At All Costs
What the CIA CRS is willing to do to hurt the Bush administration.
by John Hinderaker
11/30/2005 1/19/2006 12:00:00 AM

THE CIA'S Congressional Research Service's (CRS) WAR against the Bush administration is one of the great untold stories of the past three years. It is, perhaps, the agency's most successful covert action policy analysis of recent times. The CIA CRS has used its budget to fund support the partisan criticism of the administration by former Democratic officeholders. The agency allowed an employee, Michael Scheuer Alfred Cumming, to publish and promote a book containing report regarding classified information, as long as, in Scheuer's words that I'm sure that Cumming was really thinking, "the book report was being used to bash the president." However, the agency's preferred weapon has been the leak "impartially" researched report. In one leak report after another, generally to the New York Times or the Washington Post traitorous, terrorist-sympathizing DemocRats, CIA CRS officials have sought to undermine America's foreign policy Bush's geniusly devised and executed domestic wiretapping program. Usually this is done by leaking issuing reports or memos critical of administration policies or skeptical of their prospects. Through it all, our principal news outlets, which share the agency's agenda and profit from its torrent of leaks reports, have maintained a discreet silence about what should be a major scandal.


John Hinderaker is a contributing writer to THE DAILY STANDARD SUBSTANDARD and a contributor to the blog Power Line Tools.


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