Don’t expect the new Senate Intelligence Committee to be a lot like the old one under Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan. New Chairman Jay Rockefeller (in photo), D-W.Va., who was often at odds with Roberts, promised on CNN Radio last week that he’d have a “cleanup agenda” ready for January. “It’s not understandable to me, but the majority party sort of didn’t want to do a lot of oversight,” Rockefeller said. He sees the committee’s job as “holding people accountable, and what I hope to do is be aggressive on that.” Rockefeller also wants to expedite the interminable review of what went wrong with the prewar intelligence on Iraq and to be aggressive in reviewing the Bush administration’s warrantless eavesdropping and secret prisons. Rockefeller’s committee will be different, but will it impede or enhance national security?
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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