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CIA reveals Cheney's 'direct orders' of secrecy
07-12-2009, 10:03 AM,
CIA reveals Cheney's 'direct orders' of secrecy
Quote:Former US vice president Dick Cheney 'directly' intervened to prevent Congress from finding out about a CIA-run anti-terror program; the agency is quoted as saying.

The Central Intelligence Agency's Chief, Leon E. Panetta said Cheney issued 'direct orders' that prevented leakage of any related information to US lawmakers, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

The program, of undetermined proportions, reportedly was launched in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York, and has ever since been kept secret. Panetta alleges he ended the program last month upon hearing about it.

Cheney is already under attack for his alleged attempts to win support for harsh interrogation of 'terrorism suspects' by controlling the information Congress would receive on the matter.

In 2005, he directed 'at least four' related briefings with congressmen during which he would produce 'an impassioned defense' of 'enhanced interrogation techniques' -- the former administration's euphemism for torture, The Washington Post reported in early June. "This is a really important issue for the security of the United States," one official quoted Cheney as having told the lawmakers.

The former top gun has, however, claimed that the former Bush administration's trademark 'war on terror' was likely to have saved the "violent death of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of people."
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