Wednesday, March 12, 2014

DiFi draws a line "now it affects me!"

For years there have been few more reliable excuse makers for the intelligence agencies snooping into your life than Dianne Feinstein. For example, two weeks ago.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) offered a full-throated defense of the government's collection of data on billions of American phone calls, saying Wednesday that the National Security Agency’s practices have safeguarded the nation without trampling on civil liberties.
Boo who Mr. and Ms. Non-Dianne Feinstein, your privacy concerns matter not when it comes to amorphous undocumented threats to our perpetuity. But when spying gets too close to DiFi, well things are somehow different yesterday.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) accused the CIA on Tuesday of illegally searching her committee’s computers to find an internal CIA review of Bush-era interrogation policies... Feinstein also said the search may have “violated the Fourth Amendment,” which prohibits unreasonable government searches.
Here's a thought, maybe both acts violate the Fourth Amendment?

Maybe if Dianne Feinstein cared more about the Fourth Amendment's protections for ordinary citizens, she wouldn't be in a position to complain about being treated like one of them?

[Cross-posted at Firedoglake]


StonyPillow said...

Somebody took the crystal and padlocked the shack at FDL.

Feinstein is indeed a reluctant revolutionary. I'll bet dollars to doughnuts she was presented the written text of her speech by committee staff, and told to read it or else.

I wish she'd have gone for "or else". It would've been cool to see, and I can think of no more deserving soul.

StonyPillow said...

And I fully understand why the staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee would be in a state of high anxiety. They're now dependent on the tender mercies of A. Mitchell Holder to keep them out of the hoosegow.

Without some real support from the Senate, they're doomed.

Montag said...

She and her hubby have made a ton of money from the national security state over the years, so she's not inclined to bite the hand holding out wads of cash.

But, now that she senses the pervs at the CIA videoing up her skirt, it's a problem she can't overlook, and, of course, she's shocked, I tell you, shocked at finally noticing what's been going on around her for ages.

It's quite funny, really.

kingweasil said...

Coming from a govt. that doesn't trample on civil liberties...from NBC "The U.S. government sued Sprint Communications Inc. in federal court in San Francisco Monday for allegedly overcharging federal law enforcement agencies $21 million between 2007 and 2010 for the costs of complying with court-ordered wiretaps and other surveillance"

pansypoo said...

where was all this in 2006? very late to the table.