The CIA’s Excuse for Removing Documents Senators Were Using for Their Report on Torture

By: Friday March 14, 2014 10:07 am

The Central Intelligence Agency claims documents were removed from the computer system Senate staffers were using to produce a report on the agency’s rendition, detention and interrogation program because the CIA was worried that details in those documents could lead to the revelation of CIA identities. However, there is ample reason to consider this an [...]

Secret Government & the CIA’s Efforts Against a Senate Report on Torture

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 11:38 am

“Despite the frequency of misguided practices and policies” within particular agencies, like the CIA, in the “national security” area of government, there are often very few whistleblowers. Abuses remain “well-concealed” even though they relate to “gravely wrongful or dangerous policies.” This is what Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg has previously written. He’s also described how [...]

The CIA, Senate Intelligence Committee & the Culture of Impunity for Torture

By: Tuesday March 11, 2014 5:18 pm

The remarks, which Senator Dianne Feinstein delivered on the floor of the Senate, was one of the more significant statements given by a United States senator in recent history. They clarified the extent to which the Central Intelligence Agency has worked to interfere and even intimidate senators and their staff, as they have worked to [...]

Top CIA Lawyer Involved in Torture Program Requested DoJ Investigate Senate Staffers Working on Torture Investigation

By: Tuesday March 11, 2014 12:30 pm

Senator Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, delivered a statement on the Senate floor this morning. It highlighted the role the CIA had played in interfering and even intimidating members and staff of the committee, who have worked on a 6,300-page study of the agency’s detention and interrogation program which involved [...]

Given Alleged CIA Spying on Senators, When Will Senate Intelligence Committee Release Torture Report?

By: Wednesday March 5, 2014 6:44 pm

Reported and alleged Central Intelligence Agency spying on Senate Select Committee on Intelligence members should only increase the effort by senators to have a report on the agency’s rendition, detention and interrogation program released. McClatchy reports that the CIA Inspector General’s Office has requested that the Justice Department investigate “malfeasance” by the agency stemming from [...]

The Growing Partisan Issue of Holding Clapper Accountable for Lying to Congress

By: Friday December 20, 2013 1:22 pm

An increasing number of Republicans in Congress support holding Director for National Intelligence James Clapper accountable for lying to Congress in March, when he was asked about spying on Americans. Members of the House Judiciary Committee, including Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, who is the co-sponsor of legislation that would rein in some of the National Security [...]

Not Even Feinstein Calls Her Bill, Which Legalizes & Expands Surveillance, ‘Reform’

By: Friday November 1, 2013 10:45 am

Legislation that would restore legitimacy to the National Security Agency by giving off the appearance of improving privacy protections and enhancing transparency of United States surveillance passed in the Senate intelligence committee. The bill was drafted and shepherded through the committee by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, one of the most passionate defenders of US government [...]

Senator Dianne Feinstein Publishes Another Op-Ed as Part of Effort to Save NSA Surveillance Powers

By: Monday October 21, 2013 11:04 am

The disclosures from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden have had the effect of spurring a much-needed debate while at the same time shifting Americans’ views of surveillance programs being operated by the United States government. Polling has shown—as a result of revelations from documents Snowden handed over to journalists like Glenn Greenwald or Laura [...]

In Wall Street Journal, Senator Dianne Feinstein Insidiously Defends NSA Surveillance

By: Monday October 14, 2013 4:08 pm

Legitimacy is at stake for the United States government after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed documents on secret surveillance programs that has ignited a wide-ranging debate. At the forefront of intelligence community efforts to fully restore legitimacy to the massive surveillance apparatus that has grown since the September 11th attacks is Senator [...]

The Other Questions Senator Ron Wyden Wants Answered on NSA Surveillance

By: Friday September 27, 2013 11:32 am

At a hearing convened by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, chair of the committee, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, ensured that a second round of questions would not be asked of the distinguished witnesses present—NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Assistant Attorney General James Cole. Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, [...]

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