George W. Bush and Dick Cheney made 'terrorification' of Congress a high priority, and congressional leaders caved, winking even at torture, kidnapping, warrantless eavesdropping. Vengeance is ours, said the President. And the vast majority of Christian leaders were cowed into razoring out of their Bibles 'Blessed are the Peacemakers', notes Ray McGovern.
Hats off to Mark Mazzetti of the New York Times for reporting that it was after CIA Director Leon Panetta’s holdover lieutenants finally told him that, under President Bush, they had farmed out assassinations to their Blackwater subsidiary, that he abruptly stopped the project and told Congress.
I use “they” advisedly, since the CIA officials who had kept Panetta in the dark continue to function as Panetta’s top managers at the agency.