Remember that report about the CIA spying on staffers of the Senate Intelligence Committee last week? Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who chairs that committee and might as well be a Republican when it comes to government surveillance, is suddenly very outraged by this invasion of privacy.
The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday sharply accused the CIA of violating federal law and undermining the constitutional principle of congressional oversight as she detailed publicly for the first time how the agency secretly removed documents from computers used by her panel to investigate a controversial interrogation program.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said that the situation amounted to attempted intimidation of congressional investigators, adding: “I am not taking it lightly.”
You mean like you take so lightly the privacy rights of every other American? She has been a staunch defender of pretty much every intrusion our intelligence services have made and every violation of the 4th Amendment the government engages in. Because if she doesn’t support that, we’ll all be killed by terrorists.
Feinstein said she could not answer whether other phone companies have had their records sifted through as Verizon has.
“I know that people are trying to get to us,” she said. “This is the reason why the FBI now has 10,000 people doing intelligence on counterterrorism. This is the reason for the national counterterrorism center that’s been set up in the time we’ve been active. its to ferret this out before it happens. “It’s called protecting America.”
Funny how that only applies to other people, isn’t it? By the way, I was wrong when I blamed the non-release of that torture report her committee put together solely on Obama. It turns out that the Senate Intelligence Committee could declassify the document themselves or release a redacted version of it. I’m sure Obama doesn’t want them to, but if Feinstein wanted to release that document she could.