Declassified memo anyone?
President Barack Obama’s decision to release memos on the CIA’s use of “enhanced” interrogation methods on terrorism suspects appears to have started a trend in some unexpected quarters.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney, who used to have his own “undisclosed location” and seemed to thrive on secrecy, is joining the bandwagon to let the sun shine in.
Cheney told Fox News that what bothered him about the disclosure of the legal memos was that they didn’t put out the memos that showed that the interrogations produced a successful result.
“There are reports that show specifically what we gained as a result of this activity. They have not been declassified,” Cheney said.
“I’ve now formally asked the CIA to take steps to declassify these memos so we can lay them out there and the American people have a chance to see what we obtained and what we learned and how good the intelligence was,” he said.
Yes that’s right… Cheney is asking that secret documents be released to the public.
But wait, this train is still adding cars.
Congresswoman Jane Harman is calling on the Justice Department to release all transcripts and material, unredacted, involving her, after media reports that the FBI or NSA secretly wiretapped her conversations while she was on the House Intelligence Committee.
Conspiracy buffs better watch out. If the government declassifies enough material, those theories on JFK, Elvis, and Roswell may well be doomed.
Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Obama and CIA director Panetta at CIA), Reuters/Jason Reed (Cheney and Bush in January)