Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Wyden treads slippery slope in intelligence reform debate

So, I guess it's ok to disclose intelligence info by Senator or Representative as long as there's justification from a budget perspective according to the Democrats. Here's a bit more info I posted previously.

Sen. Ron Wyden, during this month's debate on intelligence reform, said a "major acquisition program" was "too expensive" and "unnecessary."

Here's what a Middle East expert said in response to a comment from Rep Baird (D-Wash):
As in the Church days, the government still doesn't report total expenditures on intelligence.

As in the Church days, the government still doesn't report total expenditures on intelligence.

"How does that number compromise our security?" asked Rep. Brian Baird, D-Wash.

Tanter, a Middle East expert who teaches at Georgetown University, said if the total intelligence spending figure were released, observers could calculate trends over time.

"If you know what the trend is," Tanter said, "then you can infer whether the United States is putting more money in technology or in human sources, and that could give a signal to where things might be headed."

Then we have this response:
Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., has another theory about why some large projects are kept secret.

"They're classified because they're hugely wasteful, unnecessary projects that are incredibly expensive, and they just want to keep that from the public," DeFazio said.

Gee and some people wonder why the Democrats can't be trusted. Anything spent on intelligence and defense needs to be open source to all which pretty much renders it useless. These are the same people screaming about our intelligence and lack thereof!! And they wonder why we have a problem....the problem is THEM!


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