Who Do The Intelligence Agencies Work For?

I had thought, up to this point, for the American people.

Oops.

Charles Davis, a freelance reporter with Public Radio International, briefly interviewed Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) last Wednesday. Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made this startling statement about how the U.S. government really functions:

mp3ROCKEFELLER: Don’t you understand the way Intelligence works? Do you think that because I’m Chairman of the Intelligence Committee that I just say I want it, and they give it to me? They control it. All of it. All of it. All the time. I only get, and my committee only gets, what they want to give me.

Below is the background to what they were talking about—which is truly a matter of war and peace and life and death for millions of people. Included is a transcript and mp3 of the entire Davis/Rockefeller exchange.

Johnathan’s post is titled (emphasis mine): “Amazing Statement Of Congressional Impotence By Senate Intelligence Chairman Jay Rockefeller”.  No kidding.
A real zinger comes from the comment section of the post, by Mike Meyer:

JUSTICE IS BLIND and so is Congressional Oversight, aparently.

Ouch.  This really strings because it is our oversight that is blinded.

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