H/t reader M.G.:
“On another subject, a very important story that the US propaganda/obfuscation machine is not presenting on US media TV or US websites is this one. I thought this would be of interest to you. The amount of stuff this government is doing without telling anyone is shocking. These are the acts of a totalitarian dictatorship, not a republic.
With all the 24/7 news that isn’t being broadcast daily on TV, it is remarkable how no story of any portend gets covered. There are other stories related to this one on the UK Guardian.”
Critics demand answers from chairman Mike Rogers after claims that committee failed to share document before key vote
Mike Rogers, a former FBI agent, chairs the House intelligence committee. Critics have accused the committee of being too close to the NSA. Photograph: AP
– Intelligence committee urged to explain if they withheld crucial NSA document (Guardian, Aug 14, 2013):
The leadership of the House intelligence committee is under growing pressure to explain whether it withheld surveillance information from members of Congress before a key vote to renew the Patriot Act.
A Republican congressman and government ethics watchdogs are demanding that the powerful panel’s chairman, Mike Rogers of Michigan, responds to charges that the panel’s leadership failed to share a document prepared by the justice department and intelligence community.
The document was explicitly created to inform non-committee members about bulk collection of Americans’ phone records ahead of the vote in 2011. Michigan Republican Justin Amash alleged that the committee kept it from non-committee members – the majority of the House.
Now Morgan Griffith, a Republican who represents Virginia’s ninth district, is calling for answers. “I certainly think leadership needs to figure out what’s going on. We’re trying to get information so we can do our jobs as congressmen,” he told the Guardian. “If we’re not able to get that information, it’s inappropriate.”
“Obviously, this is of concern,” he added.