Chairman Roberts Writes DNI Negraponte
June 27, 2006 The Honorable John D. NegroponteDirector of National IntelligenceWashington, D.C. 20511
Dear Mr. Director:
Unauthorized disclosures of classified information continue to threaten our national security ‘” exposing our sensitive intelligence sources and methods to our enemies. Numerous, recent unauthorized disclosures of sensitive intelligence programs have directly threatened important efforts in the war against terrorism. Whether the President’s Terrorist Surveillance Program or the Department of Treasury’s effort to track terrorist financing, we have been unable to persuade the media to act responsibly and protect the means by which we protect this nation.
To gain a better understanding of the damage caused by unauthorized disclosures of this type, I ask that you perform an assessment of the damage caused by the unauthorized disclosure of some of our most sensitive intelligence programs. While your assessment may range beyond the President’s Terrorist Surveillance Program and Treasury’s Terrorist Finance Tracking Program, I am particularly interested in the damage attributable to these two unauthorized disclosures.
Look. That’s a fine letter and it poses excellent questions.
But to quote Bob Dole, “Where’s the outrage.”
If what the Times Two did was dangerous to the nation’s security –and everyone from the president down is saying that– then where’s the Congressional debate over this irresponsibility?
Speaker Hastert and Majority Leader Frist need to get a sense of their body’s resolution drafted, debated and voted on this week.
It is hard to take a Congress seriously that doesn’t react to such actions in a time of war.