Gang of Four: The Failure Of Congressional CIA Oversight

Can the Congress be held accountable for failing to stop the use of torture?

Thursday, May 14, 2009


Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman yesterday spoke in support of President Obama's opposition to releasing new photos allegedly showing U.S. troops abusing prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today The Takeaway is looking at the ongoing controversy over how detainees were treated when in the CIA's custody-- and what allowed the Bush administration to use what the CIA called "enhanced interrogation techniques." Could Congress have stopped it? Vicki Divoll is a government teacher at the U.S. Naval Academy and was Former General Council of the State Intelligence Committee. She joins The Takeaway now to discuss whether four representatives can possibly constitute oversight.

For more, read Vicki Divoll's piece, Congress’s Torture Bubble in the New York Times.

For President Obama's take on releasing the photos, watch his statement below.


Vicki Divoll


David J Fazekas

Comments [1]

Hugh Sansom

So Nancy Pelosi "doesn't recall". Jane Harman "doesn't recall".

Dick Cheney recalls things that never happened.

Barack Obama won't recall. (And thus joins the ranks of executive branch members committing impeachable crimes.)

A government of absolutely Zero accountability joins the oligarchs who enjoy absolutely zero accountability.

May. 14 2009 10:00 AM

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