There have been calls for an investigation after claims that former US Vice President Dick Cheney ordered the CIA not to tell Congress about a secret counter-terrorism programme.News of Cheney’s alleged involvement has prompted a wave of criticism from Democrats in Congress but support from Republicans. “(CIA) Director Leon Panetta did brief us two weeks ago, I believe it was on the 24th of June. Said he had just learned about the programme, described it to us, indicated that he had cancelled it and as had been reported, did tell us that he was told that the Vice President had ordered that the programme not be briefed to the Congress.” said Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Chairperson of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Others called for full disclosure of the facts – but without jeopardising national security: “To have a massive programme that is concealed from the leaders in Congress is not only inappropriate, it could be illegal.” said Democrat Senator Dick Durbin from Illinois. According to media reports, the programme, the details of which are still unknown, was created after the 2001 September the 11th attacks. However, it never became operational. During the Bush administration, Cheney was a key advocate of harsh interrogation methods like waterboarding on terrorism suspects.
Calls for investigation after Cheney secrecy claims