In my last post regarding allegations of U.S. support for the anti-Iranian terrorist group, Jundullah, I noted that since the likes of Senate Intelligence Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) were unable to — or more likely, unwilling to — investigate the charges, it would probably be best to rely on The New Yorker’s Sy Hersh for information on what’s really going on. As it would happen, Hersh has a new article out today that finds:
Late last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources. These operations, for which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars, were described in a Presidential Finding signed by Bush, and are designed to destabilize the country’s religious leadership. The covert activities involve support of the minority Ahwazi Arab and Baluchi groups and other dissident organizations.
The Democratic leadership’s agreement to commit hundreds of millions of dollars for more secret operations in Iran was remarkable, given the general concerns of officials like Gates, Fallon, and many others. “The oversight process has not kept pace—it’s been coöpted” by the Administration, the person familiar with the contents of the Finding said. “The process is broken, and this is dangerous stuff we’re authorizing.”
When I asked Senator Rockefeller about these allegations last year, he responded that, gosh darn it, he just couldn’t do anything about it. Of course, if Hersh’s reporting is right, then Rockefeller has not only failed to adequately exercise his oversight responsibilities — you know, basic things like actually issuing a subpoena over credible allegations of U.S.-backed terrorism — but has been actively complicit in the ongoing covert war on Iran.