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Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), in what Judiciary Committee chair Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) described as "the most important (speech) he had heard in his career", revealed that

the CIA had searched through computers belonging to staff members investigating the agency’s role in torturing detainees, and had then leveled false charges against her staff in an attempt to intimidate them.
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Froomkin has more atFirst Look Media

Feinstein:

I have grave concerns that the CIA’s search may well have violated the separation of powers principle embodied in the United States Constitution, including the speech and debate clause,” she said. “It may have undermined the constitutional framework essential to effective congressional oversight of intelligence activities or any other government function.
The entire transcript here: Roll Call
And video atC-Span

Nothing to see here except a Constitutional Crisis.  The CIA intimidating and spying on investigators and making false charges against staffers?

Is it  time to give two shits yet?

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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 0-)

    If debugging is the process of removing bugs, then programming must be the process of putting them in.

    by kharma on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 11:14:24 AM PDT

  •  Makes me wonder... (6+ / 0-)

    about those times when my Congress person voted in an out-of-the-ordinary way.

    If debugging is the process of removing bugs, then programming must be the process of putting them in.

    by kharma on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 11:15:32 AM PDT

  •  But we are not supposed to focus on (6+ / 0-)

    holding those who authorized or ordered and carried out the torture inflicted by the United States since 9/11, or so I have been told here repeatedly ...

          Standing for justice and accountability,
                         For Dan,
                         Heather

    Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is inflicting it on whom.

    by Chacounne on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 11:25:53 AM PDT

  •  Congress can get the full cooperation of the CIA (7+ / 0-)

    by slashing its budget, and then threatening to slash it even more.

    Short of that, I doubt the CIA cares what Congress thinks.

    American Presidents: 43 men, 0 women. Ready for Hillary

    by atana on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 11:38:38 AM PDT

  •  Im not really sure that anyone (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    kharma, cotterperson, KenBee, Garrett

    is paying attention to what's been going on, beyond gotcha headlines, just from a few snarky comments Ive seen here and there.

    From the FirstLook Froomkin piece:

    Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), in a floor speech (transcript; video) that Judiciary Committee chair Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) immediately called the most important he had heard in his career, said the CIA had searched through computers belonging to staff members investigating the agency’s role in torturing detainees, and had then leveled false charges against her staff in an attempt to intimidate them.

    “I have grave concerns that the CIA’s search may well have violated the separation of powers principle embodied in the United States Constitution, including the speech and debate clause,” she said. “It may have undermined the constitutional framework essential to effective congressional oversight of intelligence activities or any other government function.”

    She concluded: “The recent actions that I have just laid out make this a defining moment for the oversight of our intelligence community. How Congress responds and how this is resolved will show whether the Intelligence Committee can be effective in monitoring and investigating our nation’s intelligence activities, or whether our work can be thwarted by those we oversee. I believe it is critical that the committee and the Senate reaffirm our oversight role and our independence under the Constitution of the United States.”

    She also accused the CIA of obstructing her committee’s torture inquiry in general, and of disputing findings that its own internal inquiry had substantiated.

    bolds mine.

    CIA under Brennan is, as she says there, "disputing findings that its own internal inquiry had substantiated." Well, more than just disputing, CIA referred it to DOJ so now DOJ is investigating SSCI.

    That would be the Panetta Review, which supposedly affirms the SSCI's Report findings that the CIA under BushCo (and while Brennan was there in some capacity I forget now), f'd up.

    freakin' soap opera I swear.

    But hey, we're looking forward, right?

    If I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution. ~ Emma Goldman

    by Lady Libertine on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 11:57:41 AM PDT

  •  Good Ol' .... (3+ / 0-)

    Diane "Spy on Americans for all I care but spy on me and its a different thing"  Feinstein.

    I would be thrilled if I thought for a second she might actually change her position on the state security apparatus, but I really don't believe she will. She will get all huffy until she gets an apology or something but will she change her belief that NSA blanket surveillance of our communications is anything less than awesome, I really doubt it.

    Religion is like a blind man, in a pitch black room, searching for a black cat that isn't there.....and finding it.

    by fauxrs on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 12:22:43 PM PDT

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