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Nation Digest: House Committee Requests Documents on CIA Program

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

NATIONAL SECURITY

Committee Asks for CIA Program Records

The House Intelligence Committee has asked the CIA to provide documents about a now-canceled program to kill al-Qaeda leaders, congressional officials said Tuesday.

The agency spent at least $1 million on the eight-year program before it was terminated last month, one congressional official said. Intelligence officials say the operation never progressed beyond a planning stage.

The CIA said Tuesday that the agency would cooperate with the House, whose request is a precursor to what would likely become a full-blown investigation into the secret operation and why the program was not disclosed to Congress. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

CIA Director Leon Panetta, meanwhile, ordered a thorough internal review, agency spokesman George Little said.

President George W. Bush authorized the killing of al-Qaeda leaders in 2001. Congress was aware of that notification.

-- Associated Press

RELIGION

Church Declares Gays Eligible to Be Ordained

Episcopalians declared gays and lesbians eligible for "any ordained ministry," a vote expected to upset world Anglican leaders who had sought a clear moratorium on consecrating another gay bishop.

Episcopal leaders insisted they were still committed to membership in the Anglican Communion. Some Anglican leaders, however, predicted the vote would break their fellowship. The Episcopal Church is the Anglican province in the United States.


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