Sen. Feinstein accuses CIA of spying on Senate computers, McCain considers probe

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John Brennan speaking at CSIS in 2009 (Image credit: Center for Strategic & International Studies/Flickr)

John Brennan speaking at CSIS in 2009 (Image credit: Center for Strategic & International Studies/Flickr)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the head of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, accused the CIA of spying on Senate computers, violating both the Constitution and anti-hacking laws.

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Feinstein made the accusations on the Senate floor Tuesday morning, where she said the CIA might be guilty of committing a crime.

She accused the CIA of improperly searching a Congressional computer network used to investigate alleged CIA abuse in a Bush-era program.

Feinstein confirmed that the CIA inspector general referred the matter to the Justice Department, according to Fox News.

“Based on what Director [John] Brennan has informed us, I have grave concerns that the CIA search may well have violated the separation of powers principles embodied in the United States Constitution including the Speech and Debate clause,” Feinstein said. “It may have undermined the constitutional framework essential to effective congressional oversight of intelligence activities or any other government function.”

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said an independent investigation into the allegations made Tuesday might be necessary to uncover if the CIA did, in fact, improperly access Senate computers, NBC reports.

Intelligence officials have denied Feinstein’s allegations.

“Nothing can be further from the truth, we wouldn’t do that,” Brennan said.

He added that the appropriate authorities would be investigating the matter and that he defers “to them to determine whether or not there was any violation of law or principle.”

Brennan said the CIA is committed to working with Congress and appreciates their oversight.

“My CIA colleagues and I believe strongly in congressional oversight,” he said, according to Reuters. “We are a far better organization because of congressional oversight.”

Other senators expressed outrage at the accusations after Feinstein spoke on the floor.

“Heads should roll, people should go to jail if it’s true,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). “If it is, the legislative branch should declare war on the CIA.”

McCain also criticized CIA practices in general, telling reporters that he battled them for years over “enhanced interrogation” methods.

“I know that they concealed information concerning waterboarding – I know that for sure, because I fought with them for several years in my opposition of waterboarding,” McCain said. “We had to pass a law to prohibit it before it would stop.”

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) called for Feinstein’s allegations to be investigation.

“It’s a serious allegation, I think, and Senator Feinstein is a serious legislator, so I don’t think she made it lightly,” he said.

So far, the White House has remained relatively tight-lipped on the charges.

White House spokesman Jay Carney would not discuss the accuracy of the allegations during his press conference Tuesday, but did say that Obama has “great confidence” in Brennan, according to NBC News.

“You saw the CIA director say today that if there was any inappropriate activity by CIA or by [Senate Intelligence Committee] staff, he would of course want to get to the bottom of it and certainly the president would agree with that,” Carney said.

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10 Responses to Sen. Feinstein accuses CIA of spying on Senate computers, McCain considers probe

  1. Pingback: Sen. Feinstein accuses CIA of spying on Senate computers, McCain considers probe | Those Damn Liars

  2. Jeanni Bajenski March 12, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Ha ha ha on DF!! now she knows how the rest of us feel.

    what a hypocrite she is!!!!

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  3. Jay Kenney March 17, 2014 at 5:19 AM

    The CIA offers to investigate itself? There’s a confidence builder! ‘Bout time somebody threw the CIA up against the wall. And the White House is mum? Hmmmm….

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  4. The Duke April 6, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Once again these pompous douchebags show that they believe that they are not included in the rest of the population, and that they are “better than the peons they ‘serve'”.
    They say you HAVE to sign up for Obamacare, but they will opt out of doing so themselves. They say that you should make some cut backs in spending if you can’t afford your taxes, but say that $174,000 a year is “not enough to live on”. they say it’s ok for the NSA and the CIA to spy on everything you do, but not ok to sneak a peek at their lives.
    Disgusting people such as these are not leaders, and are no better than the royals we deposed 238 years ago.

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    • Tom November 21, 2014 at 4:54 AM

      High Five!!!!!

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  5. secret squirrel April 9, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    You reap what you sow…

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  6. DDearborn June 15, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Hmmm

    Definitive prof that Feinstein clearly believes that the Constitution applies to herself but not the common American citizen. If this type of blatant violation of the Bill of Rights is not grounds for removal from office, what will it take? Will people finally get the message then the likes of this traitor order the military to fire on American citizens in the streets?

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    • Jay Kenney June 15, 2014 at 8:54 AM

      You may very well be right. However, the most powerful tool we have to stop this madness, is for, “We the people…,” to organize on social media and bring down the Hammer of Thor on those responsible for these egregious violations of civil liberties.

      “The Tree of Liberty must be fed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” – Thomas Jefferson

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  7. Drewbster June 16, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    You oldie moldies need to go take a nap and let the serious people in govt tackle the serious problems we have facing us.

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    • Jay Kenney June 17, 2014 at 5:35 AM

      We “oldie moldies,” ended the VN War, drove LBJ out of office and brought down Nixon. Show a little respect for your elders. IF, “We the people…,” put aside our petty political differences, organize and use the power of social media, we can take back the, “Government of the people, by the people and for the people. A government, by the way, that, “We the people…,” GAVE AWAY!

      Reply

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