bill for U.S. intelligence, but the White
House threatened to veto it over a provision that would
The Senate bill would let employees of the Central
Intelligence Agency and other branches of the
government tell members of Congress classified
information that would expose a crime, reveal lying to
Congress, uncover fraud or stop abuses. They could do
so without approval from their superiors and without
fear of reprisal. They could only pass on information
to appropriate members -- for example, CIA information
would have to go to the Intelligence Committee.
But the White House said it would veto the entire bill
over that provision. In a written statement, it said
the whistle-blower measure would usurp "the president's
constitutional authority to protect national security
and other privileged information."
National security means keeping Congress dumbed-down:
* "Secret Pentagon Intelligence Unit is Disclosed"
* By Raymond Bonner, The New York Times, May 11, 1983
* Because the Pentagon was dissatisfied with the intelligence it was getting
* from the CIA, the new unit 'Army Intelligence Support Activity' was set up.
* It is suspected that the secret group was used to get around Congressional
* limits of 55 military advisors in El Salvador.
* The Congressional intelligence committees "stumbled on" the unit's
* existence after it was reported in an