Friday, February 09, 2007

Office of Special Plans Investigation

Raw Story has some early insight into the Inspector General's report on the Office of Special Plans.

Not in my wildest dreams do I think the investigation will properly expose the harm done by Feith et al., including their dual loyalty. However, it is looking like it may not be quite the whitewash I expected.

According to a statement released by Armed Services Committee chairman Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) Thursday night to RAW STORY, the IG's report is a "devastating condemnation of the activities of the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy." In a separate statement, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence, states that whether the intelligence activities "were authorized or not, it appears that they were not in compliance with the law."

I like the way that sounds, but I am still skeptical that anyone will pay a real price for what they have done.



Alternatively, the Washington Post takes a very light tone on the report here.

The NYT notes that the reports says nothing illegal was done, but repeats the statements that a technicality may have been violated.

According to Congressional officials, Mr. Feith’s statement and the policy office’s rebuttal, the report concluded that none of the Pentagon’s activities were illegal and that they did not violate Defense Department directives.

But the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia, said in a statement that because the inspector general considered the work of Mr. Feith’s group to be “intelligence activities,” the committee would investigate whether the Pentagon violated the National Security Act of 1947 by failing to notify Congress about the group’s work.

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