Friday, 01 August 2014 09:30

CIA Admits Spying on Senate Staffers, Fraudulent Criminal Referral

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An internal CIA Inspector General review of charges brought March 13 by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has concluded the CIA did indeed spy on Senate Intelligence Committee staffers, delete information on their computers, and knowingly refer false information to the U.S. Justice Department for prosecution of Senate staffers. The CIA actions amount to a blatant violation of the constitutional doctrine of separation of powers, the Fourth Amendment, and a swath of congressionally-enacted statutes.

“I was briefed Tuesday by CIA Inspector General David Buckley on the results of an IG investigation,” Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) wrote in a statement published on her website. “The investigation confirmed what I said on the Senate floor in March — CIA personnel inappropriately searched Senate Intelligence Committee computers in violation of an agreement we had reached, and I believe in violation of the constitutional separation of powers.”

Feinstein — who had been the biggest apologist in the Senate for U.S. intelligence agencies before a March 11 speech condemning the CIA for its surveillance of Senate Intelligence Committee staffers — termed the CIA admission “positive first steps.” On March 11, Senator Feinstein accused the CIA of violating the principles of separation of powers, the Fourth Amendment, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and Presidential Executive Order 12333.

The CIA admission follows categorical denials that it had either hacked into Senate computers or deleted information. “As far as the allegations of CIA hacking into Senate computers,” CIA Director John Brennan (shown) told a Council on Foreign Relations confab on March 11, “nothing could be further from the truth. I mean, we wouldn't do that. I mean, that's — that's just beyond the scope of reason in terms of what we would do."

According to the New York Times for August 1, the CIA crimes of hacking were extensive, and even included a false criminal referral to the Justice Department against Senate Intelligence Committee staffers. “C.I.A. officers read the emails of the Senate investigators and sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department based on false information, according to a summary of findings made public on Thursday. One official with knowledge of the report’s conclusions said the investigation also discovered that the officers created a false online identity to gain access on more than one occasion to computers used by the committee staff.”

CIA Director John Brennan has already taken steps to quiet criticism of this glaring attack on the U.S. Constitution, apologizing to Feinstein and GOP ranking member Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and pledging to set up an “internal accountability board” that would consider unspecified changes. But Senator Mark Udall (D-N.M.) has stated that an internal accountability board is not enough, and has called for Brennan's resignation. “After being briefed on the CIA Inspector General report today, I have no choice but to call for the resignation of CIA Director John Brennan. The CIA unconstitutionally spied on Congress by hacking into Senate Intelligence Committee computers. This grave misconduct not only is illegal, but it violates the U.S. Constitution’s requirement of separation of powers. These offenses, along with other errors in judgment by some at the CIA, demonstrate a tremendous failure of leadership, and there must be consequences.”

The CIA spying on the legislative branch confirmed the warnings of Senator Frank Church (D-Idaho) back in the 1970s, when his Senate Intelligence Committee held hearings on the CIA and NSA, wherein Church warned:

Ordinarily, the executive does not decide such basic matters. Ordinarily, as in the case of the CIA, an agency of this importance finds its fundamental power derived from legislation. Suppose for example we had a President, we cannot be so certain what kinds of things may happen in this country, suppose we had a President one day who would say to you: “I have determined with my advisors, who are my appointees, that foreign intelligence is seamless and it is quite impossible to differentiate between domestic and foreign intelligence because we need to know it all, and some of it we can gather from domestic sources. And so, in the overriding interest of obtaining the maximum amount of foreign intelligence you are instructed to intercept messages between Americans that are purely domestic and various agencies of the Government will furnish you with lists of people whose messages you are to intercept — all without warrant — all without any judicial process, all without any sanction in the law.

The latest outrages of the CIA have outraged civil libertarians. "These latest developments are only the most recent manifestations of a CIA that seems to believe that it is above and beyond the law," Christopher Anders, ACLU's senior legislative counsel, said in a statement to the National Journal. "An uncontrolled — and seemingly uncontrollable — CIA threatens the very foundations of our Constitution."

Photo of CIA Director John Brennan: AP Images

9 comments

  • Comment Link DONALD W Sunday, 10 August 2014 10:33 posted by DONALD W

    Not surprise to see all of those secret efforts to spy on the population back-firing on the Government. Some may called it poetic-justice, I see it as evil turning on the ones' that propagated it.

  • Comment Link J. Warren Clark Monday, 04 August 2014 15:48 posted by J. Warren Clark

    The word "communists" as used by several here is code for the Democratic party. The problem goes much deeper than that my friends and I hope you wake up to the simplistic and divisive nature of this fixation about which half of a two part whole you are on.
    Remember this: Congress is completely united; it is the people who are divided! "Does this help you to see something of the nature of our division, its roots, and how stupid and self-destructive it is? I hope so--but I have my doubts. JWC

  • Comment Link J. Warren Clark Monday, 04 August 2014 15:41 posted by J. Warren Clark

    "...errors in judgment by some at the CIA...." First it's a crime, then its just an "error in judgment." And this is Udall. How far do you think this apologetic language will take the thing.
    If it were you and I we would already be hanging from a gibbet. JWC

  • Comment Link beauwillie Monday, 04 August 2014 15:27 posted by beauwillie

    Today, we see a federal government that is fast becoming a tyrannical master rather than servant of “We the People.” As Thomas Jefferson said, "When all government ...in little as in great things... shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power; it ....will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated." Many believe this tipping point has arrived and it is time to bring it to an end.

    There is a solution, an emergency cord provision in Article V of the Constitution, that provides a state-led way to rein in the federal government, stop the systematic dismantling of the Constitution, restore our liberties, and re-establish the sovereignty of the States. Article V provides that, “The Congress,….on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments….”

    The mission of the Convention of States Project is to champion a national ground swell of grass roots support aimed at helping bring about an Article V Amending Convention of States. Think balanced budget, regulation limits, term limits, fairer taxation, meaningful oversight and real governmental accountability among a total package of restraints. Think of a solution as big as the problem. The Founders gave us the Bill of Rights. Using Article V we can give our posterity a grand Bill of Renewal.

    The initiative is rapidly gaining momentum nationwide with project operations well underway in over 40 states. Some states have already passed enabling legislation. It is in-process in several others. You are encouraged to visit http://www.conventionofstates.com. There you can learn how you can make a difference, what you can do to help, and how to volunteer to join this critically important cause of patriots across the land to take back our Republic..

  • Comment Link Joyce Saturday, 02 August 2014 23:31 posted by Joyce

    "Not a smidgen of corruption" in this administration is probably the closest thing to truth we will hear from Obama, all the elitists, and any of their other puppets that have totally infiltrated what used to be ourgovernment!! Now we have yet another federal
    bureaucracy in bad need of abolishing.

    Perhaps we should stop calling it a government and call it what it is - a lying, theiving, murderous bunch of criminals of the worst kind.

    Where is the class action lawyers or judges with the wisdom and guts to file charges of
    high treason, crimes against humaniity, and ail the other crimes committed by them like fast and furious gun walking program, trashing the Constitution, Benghazii, monetary funding of Musulim Brotherhood terrorists, supplying military weapons to Hamas terrorists, etc. against the present usurper who is ineligible and all his appointees, along with all living past presidents and their appointees

    Welcome to the one world global government, aka the new world order, whose elitists dictate orders for their puppets to carry out, thinking that they should rule the earth because they are descended from the Gods. Perhaps they should revisit the true Supreme Being who gave us the Ten Commandments to live by, because they obviously believe with the radical Muslims that it is ok to lie to, cheat on, steal from and outright kill all who don't agree with their insane beliefs.

    If there be peaceful Muslims, why have they tolerated living according to such insane policiies as this. At least one of them said only a few of the Muslims are radical. So why have they tolerated radical regimes for centuries, if they were not complicit with the inhumane crimes against humanity?????

    We have to find those lawyers and judges quiclkly, arrest and try these criminals in order to quickly purge the government of all the new world order puppets, abolishing
    all unconstitutional bureaus and agencies - leaving only those that are necessary to keep peace, law and order, freedom, liberty and justice for all - and those who have been doing the running of the government while their puppet bosses
    spent all their time plotting and executing more crimes/schemes to destroy us from
    within.

  • Comment Link Tionico Saturday, 02 August 2014 00:35 posted by Tionico

    This is wrong.. but somehow I am amused that it is the tyrant female Feinstein that has her scratchy knickers all in a twist. This sort of lying, false claims, ignoring commonly known facts, constructing her own, and her utter disdain for our Constitution ("Mr. and Mrs America, turn them all in" says DiFi....) has been her modus operandi for her entire stint in office. Maybe SHE will get mad enough to up and throw something at these clowns that will stick. We'd ALL be far better off without them.

  • Comment Link Nora Friday, 01 August 2014 20:42 posted by Nora

    When a big-time globalist like Feinstein gets pissed over the unconstitutional stuff, we know things are beyond out of control, they are corrupt beyond any hope of being fixed. It's time to get these people in handcuffs and hold them accountable for their crimes against this nation and others. Clearly the Justice department is so corrupt and populated with communists that we can't expect any action on their part, so it's time for the legion of constitutional sheriffs to get warrants from the 50 states attorney generals, and get some extraordinary legislation passed in each state authorizing the arrest of CIA agents, or in some other way go around the corrupt Dept of Justice. There has to be a way to reign them in. It's our duty to abolish these agencies that think they are above the law and get rid of the communists in congress. We are on the brink of catastrophic events planned long ago by the globalist scum who think they have a chance at destroying us from within. They have controlled our economy via the federal reserve system for a hundred years. It's time to wage war on those traitors in congress and tear down these agencies who were created without constitutional authority.

  • Comment Link William Jacoby Friday, 01 August 2014 20:01 posted by William Jacoby

    Amen.

    But what do you mean by "entitlements"? A seat on the carousel between public and private sector jobs? A promise of eternal bliss from consulting contracts from the Council of Foreign Relations and its directors?

  • Comment Link Luke Liesner Friday, 01 August 2014 19:18 posted by Luke Liesner

    We have a lawless government that has allowed corruption to thieve throughout the system. Bureaucracies building empires on the backs of those they are suppose to serve, all the while amassing power for total control of the country. "We the People have been remiss in our duties, through apathy and just plain laziness we allowed this to happen and if we do not get control over this out of control government soon, the only thing left will be revolution. Government agencies spying on other branches of government is not acceptable under a Constitutional form of government, but it is an accepted way of governing in dictatorships. Have we sunk that low that morality, honesty, and patriotism are lost to a few entitlements?

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