CIA INVOKING WIKILEAKS TO PUSH EXPANSION OF COLD WAR ERA SECRECY LAW | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

CIA INVOKING WIKILEAKS TO PUSH EXPANSION OF COLD WAR ERA SECRECY LAW

When the CIA and other agencies in the United States government pushed for the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA) in 1981, it was crafted to exclude “covert agents” who resided in the U.S.

There was consideration by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of how the legislation might “chill or stifle public criticism of intelligence activities or public debate concerning intelligence policy.”

More than three decades later, the CIA is apparently unsatisfied with the protections the bill granted “covert agents. It has enlisted a select group of senators and representatives to help expand the universe of individuals who are protected, making members of the press who cover intelligence matters more vulnerable to prosecution.

Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, chairman of the House intelligence committee, was involved in adding language to expand the IIPA to the Intelligence Authorization Act moving through Congress.

“Schiff is once again putting the interests of the intelligence agencies in concealing their misdeeds ahead of protecting the rights of ordinary Americans by criminalizing routine reporting by the press on national security issues and undermining congressional oversight in his Intelligence Authorization bill,” declared Daniel Schuman, who is the policy director for Demand Progress.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder why the US Intelligence community is so skittish right now, and feel the need for more "protection from prosecution" them, but not for reporters, telling the truth as best they can?

I almost sense that there is another big, fat, hairy, ugly story about to come into focus, regarding torture and war crimes, which is going to make the US government very nervous about potential revelations coming from it; this impending legislation very much reminds me of the phrase "Truth is the first casualty of war."

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