Obama Threatens to Veto Intel Bill

graphic, CIA label over White House AP

The White House is threatening to veto a bill that would require the president to dramatically increase the number of lawmakers who must be notified about covert CIA activities.

The annual intelligence authorization bill the House will consider Thursday contains a provision that would require the president to inform more than 40 members of Congress - rather than eight members currently - about secret actions taken overseas to influence events in other countries.

The provision is an effort to wrest back oversight power ceded to former President George W. Bush during his two terms when U.S. intelligence agencies expanded their surveillance authority and used harsh interrogation tactics that President Barack Obama now calls torture.



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