"Did Gonzales delay Renzi corruption probe? Four intel lawmakers 'under FBI scrutiny' Four sitting members of the House Intelligence Committee have come "under FBI scrutiny" over the last two years, and a top Democratic senator believes that the Attorney General may have been successful in delaying one probe of a Republican Congressman until after the midterm elections."
* Justin at ABC:
"Since 2005, four sitting members of the House panel entrusted with the nation's deepest secrets have come under FBI scrutiny.
The committee, known formally as the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI, for short), reviews classified budgets and operational plans for the CIA, the NSA and other so-called three-letter agencies.
Unlike nearly everyone else who works with the nation's deepest national security secrets, lawmakers on intelligence committees undergo no background checks, no polygraphs and no lifestyle audits. They are automatically waived in to review everything from secret satellite data to nuclear weapons intelligence.
"That means the people who serve on that committee have to have the highest integrity possible," said Vince Cannistraro, a former senior CIA official and case officer."
Meanwhile, someone (purportedly) from CREW left a comment at LSES:
"With respect to Ms. Sibel Edmonds allegations, I wonder if she would be willing to go on record about what sort of congressional members have been involved in criminal activities?
Is it true there is blackmail involved?
Also is the House Intelligence Committee in particular, susceptible to this blackmail by the ATC et all?
The reason being is Congressman Rick Renzi has resigned from his post on the House Intelligence Committee, and he is also under federal investigation.
I'm not saying one way or another that there are, but could there be connections between these members of congress and the allegations Ms. Sibel Edmonds has continuously stressed?
This is a very important matter. The House Intelligence Committee protects america from foreign intrusion and serious national security matters.
If any of their members have been blackmailed or accepted political favors, the consequences could be quite dire.
It would further illustrate the kind of disregard for the law that was in play before September 11, and may explain why the attacks happened."