Ex-CIA Chief: Congress' Sudden 'Amnesia' a Joke

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2009 2:46 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The outrage on Capitol Hill against Bush-era interrogation policies is nothing more than a disingenuous “circus,” former CIA chief Porter Goss writes in the Washington Post. Goss, also a former congressman, says he and other senior lawmakers were briefed more than once about CIA tactics. “I do not recall a single objection from my colleagues,” writes Goss, who is "slack-jawed" at "the disturbing epidemic of amnesia."

Denials or no, “the suggestion that we are safer now because information about interrogation techniques is in the public domain conjures up images of unicorns and fairy dust,” Goss writes. "Morale at the CIA,” where “officers are told one day, ‘I have your back’ only to learn a day later that a knife is being held to it,” has been “shaken to its foundation.” President Obama "crossed the red line" between national security and "partisan political advantage."