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Cole reports: "Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden accused Sen. Dianne Feinstein of hypocrisy Tuesday for complaining about alleged CIA spying on U.S. senators while tolerating government spying on private citizens."

Edward Snowden. (illustration: Jason Seiler/TIME Magazine)
Edward Snowden. (illustration: Jason Seiler/TIME Magazine)


Snowden: Feinstein a Hypocrite

By Matthew Cole, NBC News

12 March 14

 

ormer NSA contractor Edward Snowden accused Sen. Dianne Feinstein of hypocrisy Tuesday for complaining about alleged CIA spying on U.S. senators while tolerating government spying on private citizens.

Feinstein, the California Democrat who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday that the CIA had searched the committee's computers and that the search was potentially criminal and may have violated the Fourth Amendment.

"It's clear the CIA was trying to play 'keep away' with documents relevant to an investigation by their overseers in Congress, and that's a serious constitutional concern," said Snowden in a statement to NBC News. "But it's equally if not more concerning that we're seeing another 'Merkel Effect,' where an elected official does not care at all that the rights of millions of ordinary citizens are violated by our spies, but suddenly it's a scandal when a politician finds out the same thing happens to them."

Snowden was apparently referring to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's indignation at reports that the U.S. had listened in on her personal conversations, but her failure to condemn the NSA for mass surveillance of communications of German citizens. Both were revealed by the release of documents that Snowden took from NSA computers and distributed to journalists.

 

 

In a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, Feinstein said she had asked the CIA for an apology for spying and an acknowledgment that its actions were wrong and had received neither.

"The CIA just went and searched the committee's computers," Feinstein said. She later called the matter a "defining moment" for the oversight of the committee.

The search came as the committee was investigating the CIA's use of secret detention and enhanced interrogation during the Bush administration, including waterboarding, which President Obama has referred to as torture.

At issue is an internal review of the detention and interrogation program ordered by Leon Panetta, who was director of the agency from 2009 to 2011. Feinstein says the committee obtained the review from the CIA because it was provided as part of a searchable database of documents. The CIA has alleged that the committee may have obtained that document illegally.

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+31 # reiverpacific 2014-03-12 09:45
Hypocrite -si señora.
Just what I've been thinking myself since this poster-hag and highly vocal champion (now champin' at the bit!) for the "Nasty Spy Agency" has found out that she herself is a victim of her own zealotry.
Maybe now she'll take more benign attitude towards Snowden -but I'm not counting on it.
I love it -talk about "The biter bit", or "Hoist with her own Petard"!
 
 
+21 # babaregi 2014-03-12 10:08
Yeah, Dr. Frankenstein (oops, I meant Feinstein) is upset that the monster is loose, breaking a few dishes in her own kitchen.
 
 
-4 # LAellie33 2014-03-16 03:51
"A more benign attitude towards Snowden?" He is a TRAITOR and should go before a military court. He lied about everything, OVERaccused the demographics. He and his corporatist, libertarian, radical allies were behind this whole plot to discredit America and bring down the Government. More benign? No way!
 
 
0 # John S. Browne 2014-03-19 04:25
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Be gone, you fascism-loving idiot! Snowden's first and foremost loyalty oath was to the Constitution, to transparency, to true liberty and freedom, to privacy, to human rights; and, lastly, to his confidentiality oath. When the latter violated the former, he fulfilled his constitutional duty and blew the whistle, bringing a great deal of much-needed transparency back to the U.S., thereby injecting some hope for saving our liberty, freedom and privacy, and set an example of true heroism that has been greatly lacking since the founders of this country. But blind, nationalistic, corporatist, fascist, falsely-"patrio tic", "heil Hitler" servants of the totalitarian militarized police state that the U.S. is rapidly being turned into, can't see that, hate the exercise of all true liberty and freedom, and call for all True Patriots heads on a platter to the "fuehrers". You and all of your traitorous ilk will bring about the complete downfall of the U.S. yet, totally evil and hateful miscreants that all of you are.

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+17 # dsfingers 2014-03-12 10:09
Feinstein has always and forever been only interested in anything that promotes her own rise to power, back from her start with her opportunistic rise to Mayor of San Francisco. How she keeps getting elected eludes me.
 
 
+12 # wantrealdemocracy 2014-03-12 12:36
Oh, you left out her interest in making a lot more money. Like the rest of the wealthy there is no satisfaction for them. They always want more. Matter of fact they want ALL that you have.

As for why people in California continue to send the greedy hag back again and again has to do with our two party system and the level of ignorance and apathy in our population. The 'other' corporately funded party is more evil than the Democrats so of course we must stick with the lesser evil. And what do we get? Simple enough to figure that out. Of couse we get more evil. We have been watching WAY to much major media and it has been proven that the more you watch the less you know. We must turn off all those electronic devices and get out and talk to real people, one on one, face to face.
 
 
+26 # fuzzbuzz 2014-03-12 10:30
Why is Feinstein unhappy? Didn't the CIA explain that they had to access their computers for "national security"?

Why is that excuse suddenly unacceptable?
 
 
-38 # bingers 2014-03-12 10:55
Speaking of hypocrites, Snowden admitted at the outset that he only took the job with an eye towards harming Obama. While I believe he was a hero for disclosing the NSA actions against American citizens, he's also committed treason by revealing to China and Russia their actions against them.

So, bring on the negs, but think about what I've said first, at least.
 
 
-36 # cherylpetro 2014-03-12 11:26
I think you are absolutely RIGHT! I never could understand the support given to him by people of a liberal/Progres sive nature! After all, the guy was a Ron Paul backer! He wasn't out to help the country, he was out to destroy it! Those of Paul's ilk, who hate federal government, don't care about fixing it; they want to dismantle it to keep from having any regulation, what-so-ever, on their lives! Hope Snowden enjoys Russia, where there are no restraints on people's lives, and where freedom of speech is alive and well.....oh wait! It's NOT like that at all, is it? Quite the conundrum! I hope Russia keeps him, and spits him out into some Siberian gulag-type prison!
 
 
+32 # reiverpacific 2014-03-12 11:52
Quoting cherylpetro:
I think you are absolutely RIGHT! I never could understand the support given to him by people of a liberal/Progressive nature! After all, the guy was a Ron Paul backer! He wasn't out to help the country, he was out to destroy it! Those of Paul's ilk, who hate federal government, don't care about fixing it; they want to dismantle it to keep from having any regulation, what-so-ever, on their lives! Hope Snowden enjoys Russia, where there are no restraints on people's lives, and where freedom of speech is alive and well.....oh wait! It's NOT like that at all, is it? Quite the conundrum! I hope Russia keeps him, and spits him out into some Siberian gulag-type prison!


Typically blinkered reactionary rhetoric.
I pointed out in a recent post to another of your ilk that he was pretty conservative before he saw what he was working on, which turned him against the surveillance state and the wars it started on a pack of lies.
So he had the moral integrity to change at great risk, loss of a formerly comfortable lifestyle in Hawaii and a good living, as "the right thing to do".
The ability to see the truth and be changed by it is the difference between someone of truly good spirit and conscience, and head-in-the-san d conformist finks who keep the true criminals, nation and world-wreckers walking about free and prospering.
You lot aren't fit to wipe his arse or others who put themselves on the line for the public good well beyond these shores.
 
 
+2 # Granny Weatherwax 2014-03-13 08:41
Well said, thanks.
Now can we go back to ignoring the trolls?
 
 
0 # jsluka 2014-03-12 13:24
Oops, accidentally clicked "thumb up" instead of "thumb down." So add one to the thumbs down.
 
 
+2 # jcdav 2014-03-13 06:21
Perhaps this too is an issue (domestic spying) that goes beyond liberal/conserv ative dem/rep divides. One can believe on various sides of diverse issues... socially liberal and fiscally conservative... sorta Eisenhower Republican..I think anyone could find offense in the spying and secret "court" I thought Snowden was a traitor...now I think he has done a service to the US (and us)...remember Geo. Washington was a traitor to the Britts (establishment) .
 
 
+28 # John S. Browne 2014-03-12 11:44
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Stop disseminating those LIES! Snowden NEVER released ANY information to the Chinese or Russian governments! He gave ALL of the documents to the three journalists involved; and, after he left Hong Kong, he no longer had ANY of the information; thus, there is no way he could have shared same with the Russian government once in Russia, because by then he no longer possessed ANY of the documents! If corrupt, anti-constituti onal, criminal U.S. government officials and the MSM, the propaganda arm of that corrupt government, are promulgating such claims, they are nothing but lies!

And Snowden didn't choose to go to or stay in Russia; the U.S. government intentionally trapped him there by revoking his passport so that he could not travel on to South America; and, undoubtedly, with the intention of making it look to deluded "Amerikans" such as yourself, that Snowden is supposedly colluding with the Russian government, in order to falsely conflate him to be a "spy", and/or to be "guilty" of perpetrating "espionage", NONE OF WHICH is Snowden IN ANY WAY(S) guilty of! Get all of that straight, and stop believing the false propaganda of the corrupt U.S. government and its MSM disseminaters of same!

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+7 # Diane_Wilkinson_Trefethen_aka_tref 2014-03-12 19:02
@bingers

"Snowden admitted at the outset that he only took the job with an eye towards harming Obama"

Could you provide a URL containing the source for this statement? I hadn't heard it before.
 
 
+23 # Archie1954 2014-03-12 11:22
:Thank goodness someone with standing called her out. I was thinking the same thing when she complained about being spied on. What a damned hypocrite. She needs to be put out to pasture along with all the other old nags.
 
 
-33 # cherylpetro 2014-03-12 11:22
Tough talk for a traitor!
 
 
+22 # babaregi 2014-03-12 11:32
Quoting cherylpetro:
Tough talk for a traitor!


Go to your room, and no dessert!
You had your Kool-Aid already.
 
 
-41 # cherylpetro 2014-03-12 11:30
Does Snowden think he can fix his traitorous ways, by accusing Feinstein of being a hypocrite? Even if everyone in the political arena were a hypocrite, it would pale in comparison to his abysmal, anti-American actions! Stay in Russia, you little schmuck!
 
 
+21 # reiverpacific 2014-03-12 11:57
Quoting cherylpetro:
Does Snowden think he can fix his traitorous ways, by accusing Feinstein of being a hypocrite? Even if everyone in the political arena were a hypocrite, it would pale in comparison to his abysmal, anti-American actions! Stay in Russia, you little schmuck!


Those who shout "traitor" at the truly courageous (just look at history -don't take my po' word for it) are the same who'd fink on their neighbors to the status quo powerful not even to save their own skins but out of pure cowardice.
When did you last put you opinion, body or any form of activism out there?
The likes of you are beneath the contempt of the truly BRAVE in this alleged "Land of the free, home of the Brave", most of who are in jail, exile or dead!
Now quit lecturing us with yer boring, predictable, slinking conformity!
 
 
+3 # Granny Weatherwax 2014-03-13 08:43
Even land of the free: 5% of world population, 25% of world prison population.
Send liberty back to France!
 
 
+4 # jcdav 2014-03-13 06:27
Perhaps with your obvious reverence for gvt snooping of innocent citizens you might find Russia a kindred environment. Feinstein IS a hypocrite for thinking it is OK to spy on everyone but her class of folks.
 
 
-35 # cherylpetro 2014-03-12 11:31
I think Snowden sees the writing on the wall, and it may be why he is pleading his case through articles. I think he wants to come home, but not face consequences. Ron Paul probably said he would keep him safe and cozy.....yeah RIIIIIGHT, that will happen! This was a case of the Left, not knowing if what they saw in Snowden was actually a Liberal type act, having to do with freedom of speech, and information, or a type of extreme Right Wing anarchy out to cripple federal government (especially one that has a man of color at the helm!) That is when you look beyond his actions, and see where his loyalties lie! Since they lie with Racist Ron Paul, who is no friend of federal government, we can easily (and accurately) state that Snowden was acting as a traitor to our system of government, and not out of a genuine passion for freedom of information!
 
 
+22 # CTPatriot 2014-03-12 12:35
Speaking of condemning people for loyalties, maybe if yours were to the country rather than a particular politician and/or his party, you might actually recognize the truth when it smacked you in the face. Snowden's political leanings are meaningless here. Using that to demonize him and those who revere him is a well worn demonizing tactic employed by propagandists.
 
 
-6 # AUCHMANNOCH 2014-03-12 22:25
As an ex senior sales manager for one of Australia's largest companies I consider myself an expert on body language. I have completed advanced courses on the subject and read many books on it as well. When a person is lying they glance downwards to the left or right and they also involuntarily stroke their noses. Check out the video again! This bloke is lying through his teeth!
 

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