Dems to Probe Cheney's Secret CIA Program

By Mat Probasco,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2009 7:55 AM CDT
Vice President Dick Cheney allegedly told CIA officials not to inform congress about at least one secret program.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
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(Newser) – Democrats plan to investigate the CIA program Vice President Dick Cheney reportedly ordered be kept secret from Congress, reports the Washington Post. The 8-year-old covert operation only came to light June 24 after CIA officials briefed spy-chief Leon Panetta, who then canceled the program. A day later, Panetta notified Congress, as mandated by law.

Former senior CIA officials denied the White House was ever briefed on the program, which was only in the planning stages and not at the level where Congress or the president needed to be informed. Other intelligence officials, however, agreed with New York Times reports that the order for secrecy came directly from Cheney.