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Feinstein: CIA Improperly Searched Computer Network

Credit: @SenFeinstein / Twitter

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee.

WASHINGTON —The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee says the CIA improperly searched a stand-alone computer network established for Congress as part of its investigation into allegations of CIA abuse in a Bush-era detention and interrogation program.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California defended her committee's work and challenged the CIA on Tuesday as she sought to set the record straight amid various reports of disputes between Congress and the agency.

The California Democrat said the CIA searched the network this past January.

At issue is whether the CIA violated an agreement made with the committee about monitoring the panel's use of CIA computers. The CIA provided the computers to congressional staffers in a secure room at its headquarters so that the committee could review millions of pages of top secret documents.

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Peking_Duck_SD | March 11, 2014 at 9:49 a.m. ― 3 years ago

So when we, your average lowly citizens of the United Stated, find out medidata from our phone records are being compiled, Ms. Feinstein shamefully defends the government.

Now that the intrusion has slithered its way into Congress, Feinstein suddenly thinks it's an overreach.

Ms. Feinstein, I have been a supporter of yours for many years, but this inconsistency on privacy rights by you is very troubling.

Apparently you value the privacy rights of Congress, but not of average American citizens.

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sdreefer21 | March 11, 2014 at 10:34 a.m. ― 3 years ago

It would seem a huge double standard. I would think the necessity to search anything pertaining to ones own documents of such high importance would be a non-issue. What was the purpose of this original agreement? Are the Senators people possibly abusing their prividges for nefarious purposes? Or is this just some chest thumping?

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Mmikey | March 11, 2014 at 12:27 p.m. ― 3 years ago

probably upset because they ( as a group) have much more to hide.

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JeanMarc | March 11, 2014 at 12:37 p.m. ― 3 years ago

Want to know more double standards from the left? Guess how many leftist anti-gun politicians carry guns for their personal safety? So they want to take guns from citizens, bu they can keep their guns. They are trying to create two classes of people. The armed to rule over the unarmed, exactly what the writers of the constitution had in mind when they wrote the second amendment.

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CaliforniaDefender | March 11, 2014 at 4:10 p.m. ― 3 years ago

Feinstein is a hypocrite and no longer represents leftist Democrats, or anyone else.

20 years in the Senate is way too long as she clearly has burned out. Time for change.

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CaliforniaDefender | March 11, 2014 at 4:58 p.m. ― 3 years ago

Interesting also that Obama was the one who ordered the CIA to illegally hack Senate computers and destroy the torture report.

Isn't that an impeachable offense?

I'd say that is much more of an crime than what Nixon did.

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Missionaccomplished | March 11, 2014 at 10:44 p.m. ― 3 years ago

@Quack, glad you can see there are kinks in the armor!!!

@CA OFFENDER, well until those "Leftist Democrats" come up with new blood or your Rightist Republicans come up with someone with half a brain and not just huge bank accounts as we have seen in the last couple of senatorial elections, she will remain where she is. Look at the side of her that you like, though, Offender, she remains a staunch supporter of on-demand abortion and she said the end of Western Civilization would start with an underground tunnel leading from Tijuana! No hypocrisy there!

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DeLaRick | March 12, 2014 at 8:11 a.m. ― 3 years ago

I can't believe Dianne Feinstein didn't blame the Iranians then threaten to bomb them. Is she well?

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CaliforniaDefender | March 13, 2014 at 3 p.m. ― 3 years ago


My rightist Republicans? Don't sully my name with such a dirty and false association.

You know as well as I do that the leftist Democrats have no new blood. They are scraping the bottom of the recycle bin with Jerry Brown and Feinstein, Boxer, and Pelosi have been super-glued to their seats and pumped full of Botox.

You also conveniently ignore Obama's impeachable offense. An offense that violates the separation of powers and the core ideals of American democracy.

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