GOP Speaker agrees to probe FBI, CIA abuses

Among the many concessions Kevin McCarthy had to agree to before winning sufficient support for his Speaker bid from the holdout Freedom Caucus members was the agreement to allow “Church Committee”-style hearings to investigate the FBI, CIA and other appendages of the surveillance state.

According to likely committee member Thomas Massie the hearings will have genuine teeth and investigators will have plenty of leeway to look into a wide range of potential deep state misdeeds.  This is great news.

On the Jimmy Dore Show, guest host Aaron Maté and comedian Kurt Metzger  discussed the prospects for such a committee and the displeasure its creation is already engendering among intelligence community defenders.

Another demand of the Freedom Caucus is to bring the U.S. military and aid to Ukraine under the same budget oversight as the rest of the government.  

I’m not a libertarian or a Republican myself and I don’t agree with the full program of the Freedom Caucus, but how is this wrong?  

Senator Frank Church, who led the investigation of CIA assassinations and other abuses of power in 1975, was a well-respected and strongly liberal Democrat.  Where are liberal Democrats today?  Who is the equivalent of Frank Church?

Of course the whole investigation could turn into another partisan Republican fiasco – another false dawn.  One can hope.


America’s Open Wound: the CIA is not your friend by Edward Snowden for Continuing Ed.

House Republicans Get Set to Investigate by the staff of the Arkansas Democrat & Gazette.

Freedom Caucus earns major concessions from Kevin McCarthy by Jon Levine and Mary Kay Linge for the New York Post.

McCarthy weighing $75 billion defense budget cut in quest for speakership by Conor Echols for Responsible Statecraft.

Portraits in Oversight: Frank Church and the Church Committee by the Levin Center.

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3 Responses to “GOP Speaker agrees to probe FBI, CIA abuses”

  1. Kenneth Bryant Says:

    If it was about taking on the the surveillance state and protecting liberty there are plenty of things these Conservative Republicans could do like :

    Repeal the USA Patriot Act

    Pass Federal legislation to close Git MO

    Bar the NSA from keeping domestic phone records of US citizens

    But none of this is the goal of their investigations. This is revenge for Trump and a showcase for their extremist ideology to fire up their base. It will also target people like Dr. Anthony Fauci over the handling of COVID 19 before they are finished too.

    Center left liberals have been failing for years to better defend civil liberties which is ironic and disturbing considering our classical liberal inheritance. But don’t trust rightwingers like McCarthy and the current House GOP to be any better. They are the same people who have backed Trump and went along with the January 6th attack on the Capitol.

    It’s all smoke and mirrors for these reactionaries who don’t have a constructive agenda or any intention of governing to help ordinary people.

    Liked by 1 person

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