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Young Turks host slams senators only now concerned with spying after CIA targets them

The Young Turks highlighted the about-face senators made Tuesday when they learned intelligence agencies had been spying on them. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has been a staunch defender of domestic surveillance programs that target ordinary Americans, but she delivered a speech Tuesday on the Senate floor accusing the CIA of…

Senator Dianne Feinstein: CIA illegally searched computers in Congress over interrogation report

A senior US senator on Tuesday accused the Central Intelligence Agency of illegally searching computers of Senate staff members who were investigating a CIA interrogation program. Dianne Feinstein, the powerful chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, angrily denounced the CIA’s actions, saying it appeared to be a bid to intimidate…

Revealed: CIA allegedly spied on Senate committee investigating the CIA

Unprecedented. That’s how Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) described a CIA move to allegedly spy on the staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the committee charged with overseeing the CIA and investigating the CIA’s secret interrogation program conducted under the authority of President George W. Bush. The New York Times reported…

Dianne Feinstein receives three times more cash from intelligence contractors than Patrick Leahy

Dianne Feinstein Receives Three Times More Cash From Intelligence Contractors Than Patrick Leahy (via Techdirt) While there are many bills that have been introduced in Congress in response to the revelations about the NSA (thank you, Ed Snowden), there really are only two that matter right now in terms of…

Senate bill ‘entrenches and codifies’ NSA mass surveillance, privacy advocates warn

Legislation in the Senate to reform the government’s sweeping surveillance powers would do little more than codify current practices, critics say. In a 11-4 vote, the Senate’s intelligence committee on Thursday approved legislation that would increase transparency of the National Security Agency but also would enshrine the bulk collection of…

Will Dianne Feinstein face Espionage Act charges?

So, we just discussed how it appears that Dianne Feinstein accidentally confirmed what was widely suspected: that the NSA is tapping the internet backbone to get access to emails. This is interesting on many levels, not the least of which is that Feinstein…  …

Dianne Feinstein slams Congress for ‘shirking its responsibility’ on gun laws

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) renewed her call for more comprehensive gun safety laws on Monday with a blistering statement released following a mass shooting on Monday at the Washington Navy Yard. Politico reported that in a statement, Feinstein called the attack “one more event to add to the litany of…

NSA leak: Obama under pressure as Sen. Dianne Feinstein denounces Edward Snowden’s ‘act of treason’

Information chiefs worldwide sound alarm while US senator Dianne Feinstein orders NSA to review monitoring program Barack Obama was facing a mounting domestic and international backlash against US surveillance operations on Monday as his administration struggled to contain one of the most explosive national security leaks in US history. Political…

Lawmakers urge review of Patriot Act as spying scandal intensifies

By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawmakers called on Sunday for a review of the government’s monitoring of phone and Internet activities, and one Democrat urged a reopening of the Patriot Act, the post-September 11, 2001 law that gave intelligence agencies broader surveillance powers. President Barack Obama’s administration has come…

Sens. Feinstein and Chambliss defend NSA spying on telephone metadata

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) on Thursday held a joint press conference to defend the mass collection of telephone metadata. Feinstein said the collection of telephone records from millions of Verizon Communications customers was legal. The U.S. National Security Agency able to obtain a secret court order…

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