More evidence keeps surfacing showing Intelligence Committee members are simply jerking around their fellow Senate and Congress members when it comes to providing the documents needed to provide oversight for the NSA. Tony Romm’s engrossing article for Politico refers to this deliberate obfuscation (tactfully) as “some limits,” but adding what’s been newly discovered to what we already know shows that the heads of the Intelligence Committees aren’t really interested in collaborating with their colleagues to provide credible oversight.
The White House is its own problem, continually insisting (along with national intelligence officials) that everyone, both in the Congress and Senate, has had access to all pertinent briefings, rulings and other needed info — even when it knows for a fact this information has not been disseminated. This helps the administration maintain its narrative of a well-oiled intelligence machine operating with the explicit permission of its oversight and allows the blame to be shifted elsewhere. If the American public is angry about the NSA’s programs, the White House wants to aim that at legislators, rather than the NSA and administration.