In the least surprising news ever, after investigating the CIA spying on staffers of the Senate Intelligence Committee while they were compiling the torture report, the CIA has determined that no one in the CIA should be punished for it.
panel investigating the CIA’s search of a computer network used by U.S. Senate staff will not recommend disciplining the agency officials involved in the incident, according to the New York Times.
The review panel is looking into the search by agency officials of staffers from the Senate Intelligence Committee who were investigating the CIA’s use of torture in interrogations of detainees after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.
The Times, citing current and former government officials, said the panel was likely to fault the Central Intelligence Agency for missteps.
But the newspaper said the decision not to recommend anyone for disciplinary action was likely to anger members of the Intelligence Committee, who have accused the agency of interfering with its investigation of agency wrongdoing…
Five CIA officials involved in the computer search have already been cited by the agency’s inspector general for the improper searches, but have defended their actions as lawful and at times ordered by CIA director John Brennan, the Times said.
So John Brennan ordered them to spy on Senate staffers and then lied about having done it and now a panel he appointed has concluded that no one, including him, should be punished for it. The line for anyone even a tiny bit surprised by this forms to the left and should be very short. And don’t hold your breath waiting for Obama to hold Brennan accountable for it. He hasn’t held him accountable for anything else.