Fear and Loathing on the House Intelligence Committee, Part Deux

The September 11, 2001 terror attacks lays bare the oversight panel's dysfunction

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“Congressional oversight for intelligence,” the 9/11 Commission Report stated bluntly, “is now dysfunctional.” 

Period. And that was a kind way of putting it.

It was 2004. The House Intelligence Committee, in particular, was a smoldering wreck after years of partisan rancor, mostly fanned by Newt Gingrich, the incendiary Republican Speaker of the House. F…

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