Interview with Senator Rockefeller

While discussing the CIA’s destruction of interrogation tapes that allegedly show the use of torture, Salon’s Glenn Greenwald referenced my interview with Senate Intelligence Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) regarding allegations that the Bush administration is backing anti-Iranian extremist groups in Pakistan, something I wrote about here back in April. Jonathan Schwarz at A Tiny Revolution has the transcript of the whole exchange, but those interested in actually hearing the audio of the interview can go here for an mp3. It’s worth listening to the interview, which I conducted while Rockefeller and I were walking down the steps outside the Senate chamber, just to hear Rockefeller’s tone of voice, particularly when he says the following in response to my asking if there was anything he could do to determine if the allegations were true:

Don’t you understand the way Intelligence works? Do you think that because I’m Chairman of the Intelligence Committee that I just say I want it, and they give it to me? They control it. All of it. All of it. All the time. I only get, and my committee only gets, what they want to give me.

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About Charles Davis

A writer and producer with whose work has aired on television and radio and been published by outlets such as Al Jazeera, The Intercept, The Nation and The New Republic.
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One Response to Interview with Senator Rockefeller

  1. daddyo says:

    This quote is a classic. It raises the question ” Who is really in control?”

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