Kyl on intelligence oversight
thomsona at flash.net
Fri Apr 2 08:13:50 EST 2004
This came out last month; I think it's interesting because Sen. Kyl always
seemed to be supportive of the intelligence agencies while he was on the
SSCI. Also, his comment about the lack of a personal staff would seem to
imply that the oversight committees' professional staffs weren't supplying
him with all the support he needed.
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[Sen. John] Kyl, a former member of the Senate Intelligence Committee,
said congressional oversight of spy agencies was "not very
good" because lawmakers serve on several committees and have
limited staff so cannot devote full attention to one issue.
"You would literally have to spend all of your time on this
to really be able to know what kind of questions to ask, and
because you don't have personal staff you get fed the questions,"
"I mean it is not a good oversight set up, it is not
calculated to really provide oversight, and I suspect that the
intelligence agencies, including the CIA, like it that way a
whole lot," he said.
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