Corker comments on secrecy in foreign policy

Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) gave a statement on Wednesday criticizing the increased use of covert action in foreign policy.

"For the past 11 years, and especially the during the last five, a significant portion of U.S. foreign policy and warfighting has been conducted through covert action -- the secret efforts led by intelligence agencies to protect America's national security abroad," Corker said. "Today, covert operations appear to have expanded to include what have traditionally been overt military and diplomatic functions, blurring the lines of authority and leaving the public and most of Congress in the dark."

Corker went to on to say that, even though covert action has been taking more and more control of foreign policy, it is a valuable tool in the right circumstances. Covert action, however, should be monitored and regulated, and only used in the right situations.

Corker discussed the good covert intelligence communities have done since their inception in 1946 and their anti-terrorism efforts after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. While there is a good side to covert actions, Corker warned against the ever-increasing use of covert action and its damaging effects. He emphasized the damage it can do to publicly stated foreign goals and policy.

"This is not to suggest that the United States should avoid covert means to go after terrorists or to protect U.S. national interests," Corker said. "But it is to suggest that there must be safeguards in place to ensure that U.S. policies are well coordinated, moving in the same direction, and that covert action is not used simply to avoid public discussion and oversight."