Congress May Dock Pakistan Aid Over bin Laden

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Members of Congress are looking for more answers about Pakistan.

They're threatening to cut off the nearly $1.3 billion in annual aid to that country if it turns out that the government there knew that Osama bin Laden was hiding for years in a home in a city not far from the country's capital.

The compound was just a half mile from a military academy that is Pakistan's version of West Point.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the intelligence panel, says she wants more details from CIA director Leon Panetta and others about the Pakistani government's role.

And the second-ranking House Democrat, Steny Hoyer, says Pakistan needs to ease doubts about its commitment to fighting terrorists -- or Congress should look into reducing U.S. aid.

But one Republican senator says cutting off ties to Pakistan would "create a failed state" there. Lindsey Graham says he understands the frustration -- but that it's "not in our national security interest" to let the partnership with Pakistan be destroyed by this episode.

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