Sen. Feinstein upset over CIA searching congressional computers

Sen. Feinstein upset over CIA searching congressional computers

Big Brother posterSen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., generally has a liberal record. Yet the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee long has defended the vast snooping of the NSA and the other intelligence agencies.

Perhaps she is having second thoughts after she attacked the CIA for searching the computers of Congress itself, in particular her Intelligence Committee. The Washington Post reported:

A behind-the-scenes battle between the CIA and Congress erupted in public Tuesday as the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee accused the agency of breaking laws and breaching constitutional principles in an alleged effort to undermine the panel’s multi-year investigation of a controversial interrogation program.

Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) accused the CIA of ­secretly removing documents, searching computers used by the committee and attempting to intimidate congressional investigators by requesting an FBI inquiry of their conduct — charges that CIA Director John Brennan disputed within hours of her appearance on the Senate floor.

Feinstein described the escalating conflict as a “defining moment” for Congress’s role in overseeing the nation’s intelligence agencies and cited “grave concerns” that the CIA had “violated the separation-of-powers principles embodied in the United States Constitution.”

Indeed, it is a “defining moment.” If the allegations are true, then the CIA, which is part of the executive branch, effectively invaded the legislative branch of government.

The CIA’s own Website stipulates:

By law, the CIA is specifically prohibited from collecting foreign intelligence concerning the domestic activities of US citizens. Its mission is to collect information related to foreign intelligence and foreign counterintelligence. 

The question now is whether Feinstein and other members of Congress actually will investigate what really happened not only with the alleged bugging of Congress, but the many other abuses — not just alleged, but real — of the CIA, NSA, etc.

Are we a government of laws, or a government of spies?

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  1. Ted Steele, Manager
    Ted Steele, Manager 12 March, 2014, 12:35

    I love Di Fi.

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  2. Donkey
    Donkey 12 March, 2014, 13:37

    What is wrong? DF has no problem with the NSA spying on the lower classes but when it comes to her there’s a problem. I can’t stand these political creeps like her, or the boot- licking RAGWUS feeders that fall upon their every word. That’s you TCS!!

    DF doesn’t believe the words that fall out of the mouths of every LE sociopath that comments when they have wronged the people: “If you have nothing to hide then what are you afraid of DF.” But the little people, DF believes, we need to save everything they say and do, they can’t be trusted. 🙂

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  3. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 12 March, 2014, 20:18

    Donkey again doesn’t seem to get the difference between the NSA program to capture terrorists and an event that, if true, clearly violates the separation of powers in our government and undercuts the ability of the Senate Intelligence Oversight Committee to perform its duties and obligations.

    Donkey only sees what he wants to see.

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    • Bill Gore
      Bill Gore 12 March, 2014, 22:09

      yeah the ‘powers’ that are supposed to be separated are the Obama presidency and the Reid Senate.

      ‘Catching terrorists’ is only the flimsiest rice paper wrapping over a huge smelly glob of authoritarian dragnet surveillance (patently illegal btw).

      The terrorism meme has pretty much run out of gas as the military industrial complex is revealed to be the world’s ultimate real terrorist..

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 13 March, 2014, 08:56

      It wont be a surprise to you Skdog, even though you will justify it in your little closed mind, but almost everything your LE RAGWUS feeding cabal dabbles in violates the Bill of Rights in our Constitution.

      LE feeders like you hide behind their costume jewelry shield by telling stories of how noble your intentions are, but it is nothing but a pack of lies. The average American is 8 times more likely to be murdered by a LE officer, 12 times more likely to be raped, 10 times more likely to be beat by their spouse, and 3 times more likely to have their families exterminated by their very own costume wearing sociopath.

      Someone in your line of work, using the Constitution to justify illegal actions, is the epitome of what Orwell referred to as “Doublespeak.” 🙂

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      • SkippingDog
        SkippingDog 13 March, 2014, 23:10

        Where in the world are you drawing your claims from, Donk? You’re sounding more unhinged every day.

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        • Donkey
          Donkey 14 March, 2014, 07:41

          LE does all it can to hide their corruption from the public, but aside from video that is now available to most citizens to catch the blue gang in action there are many web sites compiling all the information I’ve posted. Very clear and very concise. There is even a twitter feed that gives a minute by minute account of most crimes being committed by the state sponsored cabal of coercion. 🙂

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          • SkippingDog
            SkippingDog 14 March, 2014, 11:05

            “State sponsored cabal of coercion”? Nice to see you’ve been listening to your old reel-to-reel tapes of Spiro Agnew again to find the alliterative cadence for your goofy posts.

            Check out “Nattering nabobs of negativism.” It’s one of his best and it clearly applies to you and the other doomers here on CWD.

    • Ted Steele, Manager
      Ted Steele, Manager 13 March, 2014, 10:16

      Well, the Duncey is doing the best she can with what she’s got Skip—not the sharpest tool in the shed– go easy on her.

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  4. Bill Gore
    Bill Gore 12 March, 2014, 22:03

    Boo hoo-cry me a river

    Welcome to the panopticon, DIfi.

    Better watch your back…

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