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Feinstein: CIA searched Intelligence Committee computers

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.
She confirmed that an internal agency investigation of the action has been referred to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution. And she said that the CIA appears to have violated the Fourth Amendment, which bars unreasonable searches and seizures, as well as various federal laws and a presidential executive order that prevents the agency from conducting domestic searches and surveillance.
She has sought an apology and recognition that the CIA search of the committee’s computers was inappropriate, she said. “I have received neither,” she added.
Well?

The Gubmint has violated the Gubmint.  The Gubmint is pissed that they have been violated.

The response...A Strongly Worded Memo, requesting an apology.

We are truly f'd.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." Rudyard Kipling

    by EdMass on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 10:36:07 AM PDT

  •  Actually Removed Documents? (1+ / 0-)
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    happymisanthropy

    You mean violating the 4th amendment in a way Thomas and Scalia can find described in quill pen ink??

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 10:44:54 AM PDT

    •  Huh? Please explain. Tks (0+ / 0-)

      "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." Rudyard Kipling

      by EdMass on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 10:47:55 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  IMHO, diarist is seriously downplaying what... (7+ / 0-)

    ...happened this morning in the Senate. When Patrick Leahy states that Diane Feinstein just gave the most important speech he's heard in his entire Senate career, perhaps we should explain WHY he made that statement.

    These Senators are rightfully accusing the CIA of straight-up potentially criminal acts. At stake here is the very essence of the Constitutional requirements concerning separation of church and state.

    This is a huuuge story!

    "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

    by bobswern on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 10:54:11 AM PDT

    •  Agree... So an apology is what is sought? n/t (2+ / 0-)
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      420 forever, Odysseus

      "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." Rudyard Kipling

      by EdMass on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 11:00:00 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  An admission of guilt would do to begin with (0+ / 0-)

        Feinstein has referred the case to DoJ for criminal investigation.

        CIA Director Brennan responded, no, the Senate staffers are the criminals. They accessed a file on torture that CIA didn't mean to put on the server it set up specially for their use. He wants DoJ to investigate Feinstein.

        Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

        by Mokurai on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 12:46:50 AM PDT

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    •  Wait. "Church and State"? You snarking? (1+ / 0-)
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      "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." Rudyard Kipling

      by EdMass on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 11:08:40 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Well, I could lie and say it was snark... (1+ / 0-)
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        EdMass

        ...but, it was really just a lameass mistake....oopsy... LOL!

        "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

        by bobswern on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 11:40:12 AM PDT

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  •  It's not the generic 'government', it's one (0+ / 0-)

    branch (Legislative/Oversight) challenging another (Executive/Intelligence).

    Would that the Legislative branch was as protective of the laws it wrote and passed. That would be a story.

  •  With a 13% Congressional appproval rate, we ain't (0+ / 0-)

    got a government.

    Many times I’ve returned. Never was I the same in any of my guises. I feel inside, my times before, with no memories of each journey. My soul’s shadows haunt all the paths it has traveled.

    by Wendys Wink on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 12:17:29 PM PDT

  •  less finger wagging, more handcuffs (0+ / 0-)

    This action is cute but meaningless.

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