Turns Out New Senate Intelligence Boss Was Simply Full Of It In Claiming Feinstein Couldn't Distribute The CIA Torture Report

from the off-to-a-great-start dept

The new head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Richard Burr, has long been known as a staunch defender of anything the CIA/NSA decide to do. That’s why we still find it odd that he’s now in charge of overseeing them, a job that was created to try to prevent their abuses. In the past, Burr has even argued that all hearings by the committee should be held in secret, to prevent any information from ever getting out. So, perhaps it wasn’t that surprising when he kicked off his new role by claiming that his predecessor, Senator Dianne Feinstein, had somehow broken all sorts of protocol in actually distributing copies of the committee’s 6000+ page report on the CIA’s torture program and how the CIA lied to Congress about it. Burr was demanding all the copies back, while supposedly acting furious that it had been distributed. He claimed that it “was not a valid disclosure” and that it was done without approval.

As part of that complaint, he went to the Senate Parliamentarian (basically the referee who makes the calls on all the arcane and sometimes ridiculous rules of the Senate), asking for a determination that Feinstein had violated the rules in distributing the report. Instead, he got the opposite. The Parliamentarian has noted that Feinstein did nothing wrong in distributing the report.

The Senate Parliamentarian has vindicated former Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein against charges that the California Democrat violated committee rules by sending the full, classified version of her panel?s torture report out to the executive branch.

?There?s nothing there. They?re taking no action,? Feinstein told HuffPost Tuesday.

Apparently, Burr isn’t giving up, but in typical Burr fashion, he says he’s going to keep what he does next a secret:

?We?ll proceed to whatever the next step is gonna be,? Burr said Tuesday. ?I think there will be a next step, but it probably won?t be a public one.?

That’s not particularly comforting.

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That One Guy (profile) says:

Basic rule of politics:

When they shift their actions into the shadows, and try and hide what they are doing from the public(you know, the people they are supposed to be serving and representing?), it’s pretty much a given that it’s because they plan on doing things that people would object to if they were informed.

‘If you haven’t done anything wrong…’ may not be sound when it comes to the public, as the public does have an expectation of privacy, but when it’s applied to those who are theoretically meant to be serving the public, it tends to be pretty accurate.

They are meant to serve the public, if they hide their actions, it’s a pretty good indication that they are failing to do so, and know it.

Ninja (profile) says:

I never thought I’d be cheering for Feinstein but alas I gladly bit my tongue. This was one good thing she did.

Wee need that leaked in all its unredacted glory. There may be consequences but by now I believe too many rights have been curtailed and too many lives have been lost in this ‘war on terror’ or whatever justified tortures.

Anonymous Coward says:

> “We’ll proceed to whatever the next step is gonna be,” Burr said Tuesday. “I think there will be a next step, but it probably won’t be a public one.”

WTF is that supposed to even mean? Is he publicly threatening Feinstein with the full power of the CIA/NSA and implying they’ll do something “in secret” to her?

Serious, what the actul F-?

John (profile) says:

Re: Re:

Seriously!!! I cant imagine ANYBODY reading that as anything less than a threat. I’m no lawyer but I just cant understand how, in a world where children a facing criminal charges for drawing pictures, this kind of behavior is allowed.

If I made the statement that I was gonna “deal” with somebody outside of the public eye I would face charges for terroristic theats.

mcinsand (profile) says:

Re: Oh the irony...

If only Burr and Hamilton could have had that duel sooner. Hamilton’s Jay Treaty so angered the French that the US was not invited to the global table to discuss uniform measurement units. Rather than support another fledgling democracy, Hamilton realigned us with a royalty, and, in the process, doomed us to feet, pounds, miles, and gallons rather than an organized measurement system.

Zonker says:

“We’ll proceed to whatever the next step is gonna be,” Burr said Tuesday. “I think there will be a next step, but it probably won’t be a public one.”

Let me guess, does it involve Feinstein being abducted off the street and subjected to “enhanced interrogation” at a secret CIA prison until she agrees to recall all copies of the report?

tqk (profile) says:

That’s not particularly comforting.

Nor is it particularly surprising. He’s pretty blatantly, “In your face!”, stating that his intention is to run interference *for* the spies and torturers, and is further intent on attacking even a US senator who wants to inform US citizens of its government’s illegalities. Feinstein should up the ante and ask the parliamentarian what exactly an oversight committee’s job really is.

Burr’s a traitor to his people and a toady for the usurpers, at best. A bullet would be too kind for his ilk. I’d cheer on a public lynching, though.

Stephen (user link) says:

I notice that the Huffington Post report referenced here goes on to add this tidbit: “Burr has additionally said he intends to return to the agency the fiercely contested internal CIA review of the torture program that supposedly aligns with the harsh conclusions of Feinstein’s torture study–a document that Feinstein and her investigators have fought fiercely to keep in committee hands.”

One would think that Burr was working for the CIA rather than for the people who elected him to the Senate.

That One Guy (profile) says:

Re: Re:

One would think that Burr was working for the CIA rather than for the people who elected him to the Senate.

That’s because he does work for the CIA and NSA, or at least seems to think so. He did not want the position he now holds to provide oversight to the intelligence agencies, he wanted it so he could prevent oversight.

GEMont (profile) says:

The right creep for the job

Hey guys, give the man his due.

He is willing to lie and cheat and steal and murder and do whatever it takes to get his employers off the hook.

Do you know how hard it is to find a man who is willing to lie daily in front of millions of people and simply shrug it off the next day when the lie is exposed.

There simply are not that many men on earth with that kind of total lack of integrity, or that massive amount of disdain for the American People.

I’ll bet ye his pay-grade is classified Top Secret, or else they’re paying him off by secretly shipping bullion to his off-shore vaults, because he has to be either incredibly expensive, or a completely evil an inhuman creature to do this job willingly.

Perhaps he just hates Americans…. Burr isn’t a German name is it?

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