This Wednesday, the New York Times reported that the CIA had allegedly hacked its way into the computers and internal networks of the US Senate Intelligence committee, in an effort to find out just how much they knew about the agency’s questionable treatment and detention practices of known terror suspects in Cuba.
“The committee determined earlier this year that the CIA monitored computers – in possible violation of an agreement against doing so – that the agency had provided to intelligence committee staff in a secure room at CIA headquarters that the agency insisted they use to review millions of pages of top-secret reports, cables and other documents.”
When asked for comment on the allegations, the CIA’s Inspector General’s office told NYT they had launched an internal investigation into the matter, and that the CIA had “improperly” spied on a committee which is normally one of its biggest supporters on Capitol Hill.
The report, which tops a mind-numbing 6,300 pages, has been in development for close to four years and cost upwards of $40 million to research, develop, and publish. So far the rumors about the paper would have us believe that the SIC was highly critical of waterboarding techniques used on detainees at Guantanamo Bay, and called for sweeping reforms which could threaten to outlaw the practice entirely.
Of course, the great irony in all of this is that the same members of the Senate who claim to have felt “violated” by the hack are also responsible for allocating billions of dollars to the NSA every year so they can spy on the rest of us average citizens.
No word yet on whether this obvious truth has landed in the minds of the Senate just yet, but we will keep you up to date on any developments that may occur while members of the committee mull over what it means to have your privacy violated on the most basic and personal of levels.