Certainly not their bosses.
An internal investigation by the Central Intelligence Agency has found that its officers improperly penetrated a computer network used by the Senate Intelligence Committee in preparing its report on the C.I.A.'s detention and interrogation program.
In a statement issued Thursday morning, a C.I.A. spokesman said that agency’s inspector general had concluded that C.I.A. officers had acted inappropriately by gaining access to the computers. ...NYT
This is one of the "gee whiz" moments in which it turns out the Senate Intelligence Committee learns it was right all along but is willing, apparently, to let two "improper" officers take the fall rather than stir things up at this already incompetent agency. Oh, there'll be a inquiry.
The statement said that John O. Brennan, the C.I.A. director, had apologized to the two senior members of the Senate Intelligence Committee and that he would set up an internal accountability board to review the matter. The board will be led by former Senator Evan Bayh, Democrat of Indiana. ...NYT
There should be uniform punishment for obstruction of justice. That might include several "accountability boards" over the past decades.
How is Brennan's response potentially "obstruction of justice"? Because rather than reveal what needs to be known by the American people, he plays cover-our-ass games. "Accountability" it ain't. After all, Mark Mazzetti reports in the Times, Brennan lied.
Unfortunately, the White House is defending Brennan. Making Democratic senators pretty angry. The White House needs to come up with a more useful response.
The Homeland Security game has been a con game all along -- a disorganized and corrupt game. Let's not blame Brennan's cover-up on Bush/Cheney. But let's be clear that from Patriot Acts to what we've learned thanks to Edward Snowden and now from the CIA, we have ample evidende that we need a complete overhaul of our intelligence gathering. Less politicking, less corporate complicity, fewer eyes watching random Americans -- and less rightwing paranoia, please.