Covert Activities Are Approved by Presidents
The CIA must have a “Presidential Finding” issued by the President of the United States in order to conduct these activities under the Hughes-Ryan amendment to the 1991 Intelligence Authorization Act. These findings are then monitored by the oversight committees in both the US Senate and the House of Representatives. As a result of this framework, the CIA “receives more oversight from the Congress than any other agency in the federal government”. TheSpecial Activities Division (SAD) is a division of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service, responsible for Covert Action and “Special Activities”. These special activities include covert political influence and paramilitary operations. The division is overseen by the United States Secretary of State
Fast and Furious was a covert operation that required Presidential approval. To say it wasn’t covert is a lie.
According to the Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, a covert operation (also as CoveOps or covert ops) is “an operation that is so planned and executed as to conceal the identity of or permit plausible denial by the sponsor.” It is intended to create a political effect which can have implications in the military, intelligence or law enforcement arenas. Covert operations aim to fulfill their mission objectives without any parties knowing who sponsored or carried out the operation.
Of course Obama knew about Fast and Furious he had to approve it.
His Luca Brasi at DOJ Eric “the Holder” has withheld over 140,000 F&F e-mails from Congress and President has exerted executive privilege to avoid criminal prosecution.
As F&F makes Watergate look like a Sunday School picnic it will be sad (but probably hilarious) to see the media, Hollywood, academe, unions, AARP, Democrat talking heads and the rest of the liberal log rollers excuse this corruption away.
The security leaks from the White House should add real substance to the corruption the “Chicago Gang” will be charged with. It should also insure a loss for those who have made assertion that Obama is the smartest man alive. Right now he looks like just about the dumbest.
The people should demand a special prosecutor to replace the in-house DOJ lawyers the crime boss appointed.