NSA surveillance and the CIA-Senate spying controversy


Brent Budowsky
The Hill
March 11, 2014

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has now given an extraordinary speech suggesting the Central Intelligence Agency violated the Constitution by spying on the United States Senate.

CIA Director John Brennan has denied the charges, and the Justice Department has opened an investigation of the matter. There are two distinct issues: First, did the CIA spy on the Senate Intelligence Committee by hacking committee computers or some other means? If this happened — and I will offer no opinion at this time — it would be an extremely serious matter and a violation of both the law and Constitution that would almost certainly be prosecuted.

Second, and equally important, is what the internal CIA review about the effectiveness, or lack thereof, of “enhanced interrogations” (which some of us call torture) determined.

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