'I See,' said The Blind Man: Congress Can't Investigate Spies, it Says
The U.S. Congress' investigative arm says that it cannot effectively oversee the nation's spy agencies without cooperation from the intelligence committees.
"For us to undertake such work would require the sponsorship of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence or the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence," Derek Stewart of the Government Accountability Office told lawmakers last week.
"While we have the authority to do such work, we lack the cooperation we need to get our job done in that area," continued Stewart. "As a result, unless and until we receive such cooperation, and given GAO's limited recourse, we will continue our long-standing policy of not doing work that relates directly to intelligence matters unless requested to do so by one of the select intelligence committees."