Now it’s a ‘defining moment’: CIA searched Senate panel’s computers

Now it’s a ‘defining moment’: CIA searched Senate panel’s computers

[Ed. – Never mind what NSA has been collecting on the rest of us.  Not that Feinstein’s beef isn’t legitimate.  Just that the defining moment was years ago.]

“The CIA just went and searched the committee’s computers,” California Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein said in a lengthy speech on the Senate floor, calling the the matter a “defining moment” for the oversight of the Intelligence Committee.

“I have grave concerns that the CIA’s search may well have violated the separation of powers principles embodied by the United States Constitution, including the speech and debate clause,” she said. “It may have undermined the Constitutional framework essential to effective congressional oversight of intelligence activity or any other government function.”

Feinstein added that the search may also have violated the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and an executive order that prohibits the CIA from conducting domestic searches or surveillance.

She said she has asked for an apology and an acknowledgment that the CIA’s actions were wrong but that “I have received neither.”

The inspector general of the CIA has turned the matter over to the Justice Department for investigation, Feinstein said.

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