Four Intelligence Subcommittees to Probe CIA Program

Posted July 24, 2009 at 4:05pm

All four of the House Intelligence subcommittees will hold hearings in September to investigate why the CIA misled Congress for years over a secret counterterrorism program.“Each one is taking a slice of it,— according to an Intelligence Democrat. From there, said the Member, subcommittees will submit their findings and recommendations to Intelligence Chairman Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas), who will then decide where to go at the full committee level.Committee members have been scrambling over how to proceed after CIA Director Leon Panetta told the panel last month that his agency has concealed information and misled lawmakers about the secret program since 2001. Details have since emerged that suggest former Vice President Dick Cheney directed the CIA to hide the program from Congress.The subcommittees will hold closed and public hearings, according to the Intelligence member, who requested not to be named.