Senate Intel Committee Wants Detainee Information Made Public
Because it’s 5 p.m. on a July Friday, the leaders of the Senate intelligence committee, Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Kit Bond (R-Mo.), have announced that the committee’s unanimously agreed on fiscal year 2010′s intelligence-funding authorization bill. (The full bill isn’t public yet.) Among its requirements is this curious provision, according to a bill summary:
Require the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency to make publicly available unclassified versions of four documents regarding information gained from high-value detainees.
I’ve asked for more information about what this is about and will update as I get more.
Other noteworthy provisions: A requirement for the Director of National Intelligence to report to Congress on compliance with “laws, international obligations, and executive orders on the detention and interrogation activities of the Intelligence Community”; the creation of an inspector general for the Director of National Intelligence; making certain intelligence leadership provisions subject to Senate confirmation, like the director of the National Security Agency and the CIA’s deputy director; and to
Change congressional notification requirements in law to make clear that there is no exception to the obligation to brief Congress on intelligence activities and covert actions; to require that notifications include the legal authority on which activities are undertaken; and to require that all members be informed when only the Gang of Eight is briefed, and the main features of such briefings…