There's been a flurry of activity this week and it's all starting to fit together. Between what Eric Holder realizes he will probably have to appoint a special torture prosecutor after reading all the reports on Bush Administration torture programs, Dick Cheney implicated in telling the C.I.A. to lie to congress and the C.I.A. being proven liars by a vindicated Nancy Pelosi, it's no wonder Leon Panetta decided he need to start his own investigating at the C.I.A.
CIA Director Leon Panetta has ordered an internal inquiry into the agency's handling of a contentious and still highly classified intelligence program that has caused a heated dispute between the CIA and Democrats on the House intelligence committee. The move by Panetta appears to be an implicit acknowledgment by the agency that it should have disclosed information about the post-9/11 secret program to Congress much earlier than it did.The internal CIA probe was described by an official with first-hand knowledge as a review by a senior agency officer--rather than a formal investigation by the inspector general's office. The senior officer is not connected with the National Clandestine Service, the CIA branch whose actions are under scrutiny, according to the official who is familiar with the inquiry.
The political storm over allegations that the CIA "misled" Congress has so far overshadowed what may be a significant political development: President Obama again appears to be siding with the CIA in resisting demands by human-rights groups and liberal Democrats in Congress for closer scrutiny of covert programs.