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Feinstein Bill to Preserve NSA Phone Records Spying
« on: September 27, 2013, 02:13:19 am »
Feinstein Bill to Preserve NSA Phone Records Spying
26 September 2013
, by Chris Strohm (Bloomberg)


The Senate intelligence committee’s top Democrat and Republican are writing legislation that would leave U.S. spy programs intact, letting collection of bulk phone records on millions of Americans continue.

The bill would tweak the National Security Agency’s practices, codifying current requirements that analysts have a “reasonable, articulable suspicion” in order to search the phone records and barring surveillance of call content, Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat and chairman of the intelligence panel, said during a hearing today in Washington.

The measure -- one of a flurry of legislation proposed recently by lawmakers to rein in the spy programs -- would require the NSA to publicly report statistics about its activities, as well as requiring the head of the NSA to be confirmed by the Senate, Feinstein said.

“It’s clear to me that the public has a misperception and that must be changed,” Feinstein said.

During the hearing, lawmakers were asked by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and NSA Director and Army General Keith Alexander not to damage the surveillance programs with overly-restrictive legislation, while they conceded that tweaks could be made.

Legislation is needed to address the “distrust” of the spy programs that Americans have developed since being exposed in June by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, Feinstein said.

Other lawmakers on the panel have proposed legislation that would bar NSA from intercepting communications from citizens not suspected of wrongdoing.
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Re: Feinstein "Spy on thee, but not on me!"
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2014, 10:52:12 pm »
If Spying on Senate is So Bad, Why is it OK For Them To Spy On Us?
by Ron Paul

The reaction of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to last week's revelations that the CIA secretly searched Senate Intelligence Committee computers reveals much about what the elites in government think about the rest of us. "Spy on thee, but not on me!"

The hypocrisy of Sen. Feinstein is astounding. She is the biggest backer of the NSA spying on the rest of us, but when the tables are turned and her staff is the target she becomes irate. But there is more to it than that. There is an attitude in Washington that the laws Congress passes do not apply to Members. They can trample our civil liberties, they believe, but it should never affect their own freedom.