March 12, 2014

Feinstein Accuses Spooks of Spying on Senate

By Ben FitzGerald

Source: Tech News World

Journalist(s) John P. Mello Jr.

A test of the U.S. Constitution's balance of powers provision has taken shape in the form of a dispute between the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee and the CIA. Committee Chair Diane Feinstein has alleged the CIA undermined an oversight investigation into the agency's activities by spying on and tampering with documents associated with the probe.

A powerful U.S. senator has accused the CIA of spying on a network drive legislative staffers used to prepare a report on abuses -- including torture -- in the agency's detention and interrogation program.

The search may have violated not only the separation of powers clause of the U.S. Constitution, but also the Fourth Amendment prohibition against unreasonable search and seizures, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and an executive order barring the CIA from conducting domestic searches and surveillance, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., told the Senate on Tuesday.

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  • Ben FitzGerald

    Former Senior Fellow and Director, Technology and National Security Program

    Ben FitzGerald was a Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program at CNAS. In this capacity, Mr. FitzGerald led CNAS efforts to explore...