Intelligence Oversight In Free Fall
Thursday, December 13, 2007; Page A35
Whatever else one might say about America’s accident-prone intelligence agencies, it seems clear that the system of congressional oversight that was established in the mid-1970s to supervise them isn’t working.
Right now, we are getting the worst possible mix — a dearth of adequate congressional scrutiny on the front end that could improve performance and check abuses, and a flood of second-guessing at the back end, after each flap, that further demoralizes and enfeebles the spies. Congress silently blesses the CIA‘s harsh interrogation tactics, for example, and then denounces the practices when they become public.