Amazing statement of Congressional impotence from Senate Intelligence Chairman Jay Rockefeller

Charles Davis, a freelance print and radio reporter, briefly interviewed Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) last Wednesday. Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made this startling statement about how our government really functions:

ROCKEFELLER: 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.

I’ve stuck the long background to this—which is truly a matter of war and peace and life and death for millions of people—on my site. Included is a transcript and mp3 of the entire Davis/Rockefeller exchange.