House Panel Calls for Historical Record of Bin Laden Raid

The House Intelligence Committee is seeking to require the Central Intelligence Agency compile a classified history of the commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

The committee, in its fiscal 2012 report, mandates that the CIA “in consultation with other agencies” submit a classified report that “memorializes” the Navy SEAL operation in Pakistan in May.

The history should include a description of events leading to discovery of bin Laden’s hideout, “planning and execution of the raid and the results of the intelligence gained from the raid,” the committee said in its report accompanying the fiscal 2012 intelligence budget.

The committee report also directs the CIA to preserve all records connected with the case.

The Senate Intelligence Committee, in its fiscal 2012 legislation, doesn’t have the same provision, so the issue must be resolved during negotiations between the committees on the final intelligence budget.

The “real work” leading up to the raid took years, the House committee’s chairman, Representative Mike Rogers, said today in a Bloomberg News interview.

“We believe as a committee it was important to document all that went into” the raid, including the contributions of unknown analysts to the Navy SEALs who attacked, said Rogers, a Michigan Republican.

“It’s easy to pick out the ‘winners’ of this without having the history to tell us the whole story,” he said.

“I thought it was important, not just for the ‘chest thumping,’ that’s the least of the reasons, for us to completely understand everything that went into it and how difficult it was and where we can improve,” Rogers said.

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