So. . .an unspecified program for unspecified purposes may or may not have been set up. We know this because Sen. Feinstein said that Panetta said that somebody unnamed in the CIA said that Cheney said to do it that way, and because the New York times says that Panetta says that several congressmen say that Panetta said that somebody unnamed in the CIA said that Cheney said to do it that way. Meanwhile, Panetta also says that the CIA has no policy to mislead congress.
It seems that we are missing pretty much every bit of relevant information or direct report here.
And increasing the number of people in congress who know about every CIA program from 8 to 40 sounds like a bad idea to me. I don’t see how forty would provide any better oversight than would eight, and given the history of leaks, scandals, and the like in congress it would certainly make it much much harder for the CIA to keep classified information classified.