March 12, 2014

Feinstein Accuses Spooks of Spying on Senate

Featuring Ben FitzGerald

Source: Tech News World

Journalist 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

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Defense Program

    Ben FitzGerald is a partner at Lupa, a private investment firm, and an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). At Lupa he leads the firm’s inve...