WASHINGTON (AP) - The Wall Street Journal reports that the CIA
program concealed from Congress was a secret plan to kill or
capture al-Qaida operatives.
Former intelligence officials tell the Journal that the plan,
which was ordered halted by agency Director Leon Panetta, was an
attempt to carry out a 2001 presidential finding authorized by
President George W. Bush.
Citing anonymous sources, the newspaper reported Monday that the
CIA spent money on planning and maybe some training, but it never
became fully operational. The plan was highly classified and the
CIA has refused to comment on it.
The program remained so secret that no members of Congress were
told about it, allegedly on orders of Vice President Dick Cheney.
Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California, the head of the
intelligence committee, suggests the Bush administration broke the
law by concealing the program from Congress.