Congressional Oversight? Dianne Feinstein Says She's 'Not A High-Tech Techie' But Knows NSA Can't Abuse Surveillance

from the oh-really? dept

As the NSA and defenders of NSA surveillance are trying to minimize the damage from the latest leak, which revealed the details of the XKeyscore program, they're bending over backwards to insist that this program is both limited and immune from abuse. We've already mentioned that the claims that it can't be abused are laughable since there's already a well-documented history of abuse. However, even more bizarre is the following quote from Senate Intelligence Committee boss, Senator Dianne Feinstein (a staunch defender of the surveillance programs):
Feinstein said, “I am not a high-tech techie, but I have been told that is not possible.”
Note that among Feinstein's jobs is oversight of this program. Yet, what kind of "oversight" is it when she admits that she's not qualified to understand the technology but "has been told" that such abuses are not possible? That doesn't seem like oversight. That seems like asking the NSA "can this system be abused?" and the NSA saying "oh, no no no, not at all." That's not exactly oversight, now is it?


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    Ninja (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 4:32am

    So we found a person who falls for the Nigerian Prince scam.

    "You know, he told me the guy was a prince so I gave him all my belongings. I'm sure I will receive all the gazillion dollars he promised me."

    It's amusing and depressing to see how these people ignore how the mindless defense of an illegal and failed scheme makes them look like complete dumb-asses.

     

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    silverscarcat (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 4:40am

    Seriously...

    I gotta wonder...

    Are the people these morons go against THAT bad that people continue to vote for them?

     

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    Guardian, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 4:55am

    they are itching for me to leak a 40gb hard drive a mine

    that shows how someone trolled all the data on my web forum then used quotes by me out of context during the bush years....
    hell the proof was right on national tv as bush and Colin Powell rammed off bullshit....

    they better quit lying , its already been abused

     

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    Scote, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 5:02am

    "Feinstein said, I am not a high-tech techie, but I have been told that is not possible."


    Right, just like it's impossible for a contractor to exfiltrate classified training documents with details on the program... :-/

     

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    Josh in CharlotteNC (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 5:04am

    "That's not exactly oversight, now is it?"

    It's the OTHER definition of oversight.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 5:12am

    I am not a highly competent law maker, but I have been told the position is immune to corruption.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 5:13am

    Rule 1 of Government: Everything can be Abused.

    Anyone who thinks otherwise is not qualified to work in government.

     

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    Capt ICE Enforcer, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 5:22am

    Question of the day.

    Maybe if she were allowed to review those leaked document she could do the oversight. But unfortunately they are classified and would pose GRAVE DANGER to the CHILDREN. She has made the right choice to rmain an idiot. Also NSA analis please fix my spelling/grammer errors before this post reaches the net. Thanks.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 5:27am

    I'm not a Senator and Chairman of the Intelligence Committee

    ...

    but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 5:30am

    How exactly does someone with no intelligence and no tech knowledge become a boss of a government committee that deals with those exact things? Just the fact that she holds this position is completely shameful and embarrassing.

     

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    Prashanth (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 5:35am

    Have you been beating your wife?

    We've already seen for a fact how the NSA can abuse surveillance, so I'm not sure why Senator Feinstein is continuing to argue that this can't happen. I should ask her: has she been been beating her husband? Because he looks remarkably...horse-ish. B-)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 5:43am

    "The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going."
    -Proverbs 14:15

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 5:54am

    I wonder if she feel the same way about surgeons:

    "Heck, no Senator. I'm no surgeon. But anyone can do an appendectomy, right? Now, just relax and lie there for a minute while I look for my angle grinder."

     

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    DannyB (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 5:55am

    Dianne Feinstein is correct

    The NSA simply cannot abuse surveillance. It simply is not possible in a technical or legal sense.

    The definition of 'abuse' is a classified secret, but the American people should be assured that the NSA will operate within and honor that secret definition of 'abuse'.

    The secret definition of 'abuse' can be secretly changed without secret notice.

     

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    dpaus (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 5:57am

    "That seems like asking the NSA "can this system be abused?" and the NSA saying.....

    [MontyPython] "Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, not at all! No, no, no. No. No. Well, yes. A bit. A little bit. Well, quite a bit, actually. In fact, almost totally." [/MontyPython]

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 5:58am

    Re:

    "The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps."

    Sorry, can't be dealing with thys and eths

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 6:06am

    there is only one possible solution for her and that is to be removed from office. what would a boss say, any boss, if the person working for him said he couldn't do the job, but someone else had told him how to do it and that it would be 'OK'? straight out the door, exactly what should happen here.

    the biggest problem with politics and perhaps US politics in particular is that there is too much by far of this 'good speech' crap, old mates club and everything you can think of except being 'the right person for the job'. consider the amount of 'clout' this woman has and then to see she doesn't know anything about the very thing that has been/is being used to spy on just about the whole world. that is so scary, it's untrue! she may not know much about it, but she knows enough to deny what it can do, knowing full well that she is spouting nothing but lies! she needs to go and quick!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 6:06am

    Hello NSA. If your reading this, Well done on pulling the wool over everyone eyes and when that truth is reveal people still don't want to understand. You have silky skills.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 6:08am

    Hello NSA, you guys rock :D Would it be possible to leak the emails of the writers of breaking bad. Totally want to find out how it ends :)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 6:08am

    Oh, come now. We all know she outsourced her oversight duties to a call center in some other country.

     

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    Jasmine Charter, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 6:09am

    I ain't a smart woman...

    So, because of idiotic bimbo says it's ok... it's ok?!

    How do these people get elected?! And even more curious is how such a complete techno-moron gets put on this sort of committee, which by it's very definition requires a member to be somewhat of a "high-tech techie".

    How about we start requiring members of certain committees to take tests to demonstrate their ability to actually be useful before being allowed on a committee.

    If it's a committee on agriculture, then they should have SOME agricultural experience. If it's a committee that deals with high tech issues, then they should have more knowledge about computers than just knowing where the on switch is.

    MORONS.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 6:11am

    "These are not the surveillance abuses you are looking for."

     

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    Richard (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 6:32am

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    Yep it's an oversight!

     

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    Bob, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 6:33am

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    Yea, one of the NSA's "special" definitions... like their definition of relevant.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 6:38am

    Lets be real

    Her job is to provide oversight of the process, not the mechanics of software.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 6:42am

    Re:

    Q: How many Senators do you have to have dirt on to make them ignore you?

    A: None, if you tell them it can't be abused.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 6:50am

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    there is only one possible solution for her and that is to be removed from office. what would a boss say, any boss, if the person working for him said he couldn't do the job, but someone else had told him how to do it and that it would be 'OK'? straight out the door, exactly what should happen here.

    So who are you going to replace her with, Wyden? He's a lawyer. Wyden chairs energy and natural resources but has no particular training in those fields. His state is a big producer of lumber and forest products, hence his interest. Before you sputter in indignation, why don't you review the credentials of all of the committee chairs and find ONE chair with specific training. And then consider that the head of the railroads doesn't know how to run a locomotive.

     

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    TheLastCzarnian (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 7:02am

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    Come on. I think we all agree "House Intelligence" is an oxymoron, therefore a moron is a perfect person to be part of such a group.

     

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    TheLastCzarnian (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 7:11am

    Re: Lets be real

    This is true. However, you have at least several hundred, if not several thousand employees all trained in security who are able to break any system in the world... except their own. The system that they made.
    And we're just supposed to swallow that, because the lunatic fringe said so. No rational or technical reason.

     

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    Spaceman Spiff (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 7:30am

    Time to retire Dianne...

    Feinstein was a maverick who helped break the "glass ceiling" when she was first elected. Unfortunately, she is now part of that ceiling... :-( Dianne, it is time you retired, or get retired by your constituents - you don't understand the new tech modus, and if you don't, you cannot possibly represent your constituents properly. Hopefully, they will realize, and act upon that.

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 7:30am

    Re: Seriously...

    They are in my state.

     

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    FM Hilton, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 7:35am

    Credits

    I'm not a Senator and Chairman of the Intelligence Committee,

    but I play one on TV.

     

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    Hephaestus (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 7:46am

    Re: Re:

    Q: How many senators does it take to turn on a computer?

    A: What's a computer.

     

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    Hephaestus (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 7:48am

    Re: Re:

    I got nothing on this ... could someone finish it?

    Q: How does a Senator screw in a light bulb?

    A:

     

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    Cixelsid (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 7:52am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Q: What's a computer?

    A: A way to charge someone twice for the same offense.

     

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    Rekrul, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 7:54am

    Re: Re: Re:

    A: He/she calls maintenance.

     

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    Cixelsid (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 7:55am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Writes up a bill to screw in lightbulb. Get into partisan disagreement. Rewrite bill to allow for the provision to have a lightbulb screwed in.

    Have congress vote the bill down.

    Sit in the dark.

     

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    David Muir (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 7:57am

    Re: Re: Re:

    A: Using the Incredible Shrinking Machine, both the senator and the sexually provocative intern can fit inside the light bulb. We're not high-tech techies, but we're told this is perfectly possible.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 7:57am

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    Probably the same way they screw the public.

     

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    Rekrul, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 7:57am

    In other news, Farmer Brown says his chicken coop is completely secure. The fox assured him that it was.

     

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    crade (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 8:00am

    I'm not a preachy preacher but I've been told the Bible says God is an empty kraft dinner box.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 8:11am

    Re: Re: Re:

    D: I am not a nerd!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 8:14am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Don't be absurd. For something as simple as screwing in a lightbulb there would easily be bipartisain support for a budget that allocated 3.5 million dollars in a no-bid contract for a private firm to screw in 1500 light bulbs per-year followed quickly by bipartisain support for a budget that allocated an additional 7 million dollars in a no-bid contract for a private firm to determine the number of light bulbs that actually need to be screwed in per year.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 8:14am

    The more comes out on this mess, the more pissed I get. The whole thing is a sham. From start to finish there is no oversight, there is no legality outside the changing of words to mean what they aren't, and with oversight from idiots like this you can be assured no ability to actually oversee anything.

    No wonder out government is in the mess it's in. It's the rich leading the rich and no one else has a clue.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 8:16am

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    Of course she doesn't actually think that.

     

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    Hephaestus (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 8:19am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    That was brilliant!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 8:19am

    Re:

    The statements actually belie intelligence. This is what people that vote for people like Feinstein love to hear. If their candidate actually admitted that they understood the tech they'd be a 'nerd' or a 'techie' and those people are bad. Of course she knows it can be abused she'd just never actually say it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 8:22am

    Re: Re:

    The issue isn't that she doesn't know how to run a locomotive it's that she says she doesn't know how to run a locomotive in the exact same sentence as stating that the locomotive cannot crash.

     

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    drkkgt (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 8:38am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Buy stock of light bulb company via the subsidiary of their shell company. Promote said Company's light bulbs as brighter thus allowing for better security from terrorists and child molesters. Also fight for local light bulb installer union and how the LED consortium is trying to take away good American jobs,
    Then after all the lobbying, fighting, delaying tactics, and closed door trade agreements are done: we pay 16.63 million for a guy with a top secret security clearance to come in and screw in a light bulb.

     

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    Kurt, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 8:40am

    A driver is stuck in a traffic jam on the highway. Nothing is moving.

    Suddenly, a man knocks on the window. The driver rolls down the
    window and asks, "What's going on?"

    "Terrorists have kidnapped Congress, and are asking for a $10
    million dollar ransom. Otherwise, they are going to douse them all
    in gasoline and set them on fire. We are going from car to car,
    taking up a collection."

    "How much is everyone giving, on average?" the driver asks.

    The man replies, "About a gallon."

     

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    DCX2, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 8:45am

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    It's not oversight, it's overlook. Sight, look, it's all the same thing right?

     

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    crade (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 8:54am

    Re: Lets be real

    Despite what useless managers will tell you, you can't oversee without understanding. If you are taking someone else's word without understanding, then they are the ones doing the overseeing.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 8:59am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    And next year we'll pay 13.33 million for two guys to to a study on congressional light bulb expenditures. We'll conclude there needs to be reforms then redo the whole process again the year after the results of which will, of course, be exactly the same only with different labels.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 9:02am

    If she knows anything about the field she administers has nothing to do with competence in politics and I know that the writer knows that too.

    Just attacking the poor fool in the committee is pretty worthless since it is a systemic problem with no easy solution.

    A politician is a person who is either arrogant and stupid or has no specific opinion on most issues. They are elected based on their ability to speak and endear the old media and because of donations. When they are in office the people who donated is lobbying to get their moneys worth.

    Last I heard, politicians often do not look at laws because they haven't got the time. Instead, they read every lobby-opinion or has people finding the most important to read through. By doing that, they are assuring they know the arguments for or against a law, which in a mudthrowing-debate is more valuable. After that they look up who donated the most and what opinion they had on this law, they determine their stand on that issue.

    That system somewhat works when there are more or less equal and opposite opinions among those lobbying, but it is completely bullocks in terms of copyright and any kind of security spending.

    Copyright is made into a clusterf** of companies wanting harder laws and most of them have no upper limit on how extreme, while mostly non-donating groups are making up the opposition. Today tech industry has entered the battle on the small groups side and that is the only reason anything can ever change in that debate among politicians...

    Security spending is a problem because of the "better safe than sorry"-mentality in politics. Look at what happened in Benghazi and how Obama was grilled there! That is a sign of the real problem.
    Add to that bias, a 100 % lack of real opposing views and open debate on secret service spending and you have every red alert of a democratically estranged group with a lack of real oversight since no politicians dare challenge the better safe than sorry doctrine and an eternal downpour of spending based on lobbying activity.

     

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    Cixelsid (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 9:03am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Damn. You are of course correct. The appropriate response to Hephaestus' riddle would have been.

    Q: How does a Senator screw in a lightbulb?

    A: MONEY!!!

    Bonus points if you said trickle down economics.

     

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    mcinsand, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 9:07am

    to get less-unqualified replacements

    If we want a far better House and Senate than we have now, we merely have to grab people at random off the street. I'm serious. If we had a draft, then we would no longer be selectively accumulating the most self-serving and least qualified (but best self-marketing) slice of our populace.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 9:10am

    Re:

    In the computer security business, there's variants of this rule such as "if it can be accessed legally, it can be accessed illegally".

    I think, really, it's rule 1 of living with other human beings, not just government.

     

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    Phoenix84 (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 9:18am

    Silicon Valley

    Yet she represents the tech capital of the country?
    Yet another reason she needs to go, she does not represent our state.

     

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    stockholderssyndrome, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 9:29am

    Re: Re:

    She'll just go to work for the lobbying industry just like the rest of our government officials.. POWER UPS aren't just for gaming ..

     

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    stockholderssyndrome, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 9:32am

    The Derpside is strong with this one

     

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    OldMugwump (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 9:43am

    For the person whose only tool is a hammer, every problem is a nail.

    If you're a legislator and there is a problem, your solution is to pass a law.

    Make it illegal to do something, and that thing can't happen, see? Problem solved.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 9:47am

    Re: to get less-unqualified replacements

    I've long been partial to this idea (on the basis that desire for office should be disqualification for office). But a friend came up with an objection that I could never quite answer...

    if politicians are drafted, then the natural result will be that the lower-level functionaries will become the real power, simply by virtue of the fact that they will stick around while the politicians come and go.

    Once lower-level functionaries are the real power, you have a defacto hidden government and less transparency and accountability than we have even now.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 9:49am

    Re: Time to retire Dianne...

    I remember when "maverick" was a good thing, rather than meaning "reckless and irresponsible".

     

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    New Mexico Mark, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 10:03am

    Re: Re: Re:

    A: First, entice an intern to get into the light bulb with them...

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 10:03am

    Re: Seriously...

    To elaborate, a lot of the candidates I've seen against incumbents are single-issue candidates (usually abortion). It's hard to vote for someone who only has one goal.

    Also, the incumbent's job is basically full-time campaigning. That's how they spend most of their time - raising money to get re-elected.

     

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    New Mexico Mark, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 10:05am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Oops... missed this one, and better than mine. Plus one, sir.

     

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    stockholderssyndrome, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 10:10am

    Re: Re: to get less-unqualified replacements

    each of the lower-level functionaries leaders are appointed but the basic foundation is still there ... our problem is they seem to forget the honor that's bestowed on them and that the Constitution is the highest law of the land . and most of our elected officials are career politicians and former agents .. they and we are incapable of thinking outside the box for the most part. .. remember these words absolute power corrupts absolutely.

     

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    Tman, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 10:11am

    Re: Re: to get less-unqualified replacements

    what makes you think that's not happening now?

     

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    Cranford Ducain, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 10:20am

    Abuse? What abuse?

    How can anyone who can get elected to the Senate and put two words together,not understand that this surveillance is not already an abuse of the governments powers in a representative democracy such as ours.
    Has she not "atleast" had the fourth amendment of the U S Constitution read to her??

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 10:32am

    I think there should be a new category of articles on Techdirt called "Retards".

    Most of the Feinstein articles would fall under that.

     

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    Argonel (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 10:34am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Start by hiring an intern and arranging a junket to somewhere with amazing scenery and an extremely large lightbulb.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 10:57am

    Re: Re: Re:

    A: I don't know, but I bet it's a shocking story.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 11:00am

    Re: Re: Re: to get less-unqualified replacements

    Oh, I think it is. Except it's not the lower-level functionaries who are the hidden government, but powerful industry groups.

     

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    Uriel-238 (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 11:38am

    Anti-intellectualism prevails in the senate.

    AGAIN with the Well, I'm no nerd schtick. I thought that went out with SOPA.

    Disappointed.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 12:00pm

    Re: Anti-intellectualism prevails in the senate.

    Ha, it never will, none of them will be smart enough to understand the things they legislate

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 12:20pm

    Spystein, I am disappoint.

     

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    gorehound (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 12:24pm

    Feinstein makes me want to throw up in my Mouth ! She is one Woman I can not stand.Corrupt Freak ! Spy Queen ! A-Hole Supreme ! Bunch of dumb losers Vote in schmucks like her.

     

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    Uriel-238 (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 1:00pm

    "Bunch of dumb losers"

    Speaking of one of the bunch of dumb losers, it's not like alternatives were any better.

    She won't be getting any more of my votes, mind you, but I have good reasons to not endorse a GOP rival. Especially considering that said candidates would probably be pro-surveillance anyway.

    Same as the old boss.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 1:31pm

    It's not if it's being abused...

    It's how is it being abused... if someone or something can access it (so called 'authorized use'), then they can abuse it.
    After-all, we're talking about logic here... how the hell can a computer program tell the intent of a user, it only knows _if_ they can access it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 1:58pm

    Re:

    Are you kidding? Having no knowledge is essential to obtaining oversight positions. It is like juries, they don't want anyone who actually knows enough to cry bullshit at their obvious lies.

     

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    Uriel-238 (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 2:09pm

    Compare and contrast.

    Is this like the we torture only terrorists thing?

    We don't access it until there's something to be discovered. Once we discover something significant that justifies our accessing it.

    Because we magically detect when there's significant information with our magic significant information detector.

    Just like our magic terrorist detector which can determine a terrorist without due process.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 2:23pm

    Re: Compare and contrast.

    The detector that magically catches all the terrorists they create themselves but totally misses the terrorists they don't create?

    That detector?

     

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    crade (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 3:07pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: to get less-unqualified replacements

    No, the bureucrates that don't rotate over whom you call low-level are the ones who run things and have the power, they do the bidding of the industry groups or sometimes the elected officials, but only if they choose to. The NSA would be a good example to see how it works.

    If you think a bit, the only difference between the draft version and the current version is how the people who rotate are selected. They still rotate, and the problem you mention doesn't change.

     

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    T, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 3:38pm

    Hey, Diane. Go flog yourself. Opus Dei style.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 3:45pm

    Somebody should tell her that "oversight" doesn't mean looking over the horizon.

     

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    jon reid, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 6:21pm

    Re:

    SwineStein is a pig dog that would fall for it.

     

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    Lleuad Ci (profile), Aug 3rd, 2013 @ 7:24pm

    Not possible

    If abuse of NSA systems is not possible they are the only branch of government to achieve uptopia.
    Thousands of Medicare, tax, social security and transport records are trawlled by government employees for 'less than professional' reasons every year. (eg: checking up on your ex-wife's new partner)

     

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    Anonymous, Aug 4th, 2013 @ 7:06pm

    Re:

    Oh golly, not another internet dance fad!

     

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    Patriot Rodney, Aug 17th, 2013 @ 1:30pm

    Dianne Feinstein's overlooking oversight of NSA

    To quote fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton
    "What difference - at this point, what difference does it make?"

     

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