Redefining English: Senator Feinstein Says The Press Needs To Stop Calling Patriot Act Surveillance Program A 'Surveillance Program'

from the wow dept

It's no secret that the intelligence community tries to give the "least untruthful" answers by basically redefining the English language. In an open Senate Intelligence Committee hearing today, in which Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, NSA boss Keith Alexander and Deputy Attorney General James Cole all got to talk up how important spying on everyone is, there was an incredible moment in which Intelligence Committee boss Senator Dianne Feinstein scolded not these bosses of the surveillance program, but the press for calling it a surveillance program. Yes, you read that right. We'll add the clipped video once it's available, but she argued that the Patriot Act's Section 215, which has been interpreted to allow for the collection of phone records on every phone call is NOT a surveillance program because it just "collects metadata." She suggests that it's unfair to call this surveillance program a surveillance program. That's because she's either lying or doesn't understand what metadata reveals.

So we have a simple request. Since metadata is no big deal and it's not surveillance, when will Senator Feinstein release all of the metadata on all of the phone calls to and from her various offices, mobile phones and home phones?

Filed Under: dianne feinstein, metadata, nsa surveillance, patriot act, section 215, surveillance


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    Uriel-238 (profile), 26 Sep 2013 @ 1:58pm

    It's called a dilemma.

    The problem is, Feinstein's rivals would also be pro-NSA, pro-surveillance, and would also be anti-gay and anti-women and anti-poor as well. I voted for Feinstein only to vote against worse options.

    Really, there are no good options, and third parties don't have a chance.

    As for Luddite baby-boomers, I've done everything I can to train my parents and their generation to adapt to the internet and use it, and many do. But there are some people that think you're cheating if you're using a Selectric.


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