Senator Mark Udall, a member of the committee that conducts oversight of the Central Intelligence Agency, declared Thursday that the agency should be investigated by an independent counsel for violations of the Constitution, federal criminal statutes, and an executive order pertaining to surveillance.
"From the unprecedented hacking of congressional staff computers and continued leaks undermining the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation of the CIA's detention and interrogation program to his abject failure to acknowledge any wrongdoing by the agency, I have lost confidence in [Director] John Brennan," he said.
Earlier in the day, Brennan admitted the CIA spied on Senate staffers as they conducted an inquiry into torture of prisoners perpetrated by the spy agency—an act that makes a mockery of the separation of powers and is just the latest illustration of the spy agency's longstanding contempt for democratic strictures.
Weeks ago, when Senator Dianne Feinstein accused the CIA of exactly that behavior, Brennan said, “I mean, we wouldn’t do that. I mean, that’s—that’s just beyond the—you know, the scope of reason in terms of what we would do. When the facts come out on this, I think a lot of people who are claiming that there has been this tremendous sort of spying and monitoring and hacking will be proved wrong.” He was either lying or woefully ignorant of what was going on at the agency he heads.