Friday, November 11, 2005

GOP Urges Investigation of "Secret" Prison Leak

The Washington Post reports:
Congress's top Republican leaders yesterday demanded an immediate joint House and Senate investigation into the disclosure of classified information to The Washington Post that detailed a web of secret prisons being used to house and interrogate terrorism suspects.
Notice that there's no suggestion of investigation of the actual secret prisons right there. The "demand" comes in the form of a letter by Bill Frist and Dennis Hastert. (Other representatives, cited later in the article, do suggest that it would be worth investigating the prisons too. Also feel free to check out this article over at The New Yorker about the CIA's interrogation methods.)

As this Washington Post article points out, such bicameral investigations are very rare in the history of this nation, and the people demanding this are being pretty selective about which leaks they seem to think are worth investigating. (Why not the leak of false WMD intelligence or the Plame leak?) Whatever the case, the article also notes that "Republicans suggested it is unwise to pick a fight with the media over an issue that exposes so many political vulnerabilities for their party."


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