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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    Internet Zen Master (profile), 26 Sep 2013 @ 2:20pm

    Re: Re: Hey California!

    Well damn. My condolences to the tech companies in California (Google, for one) for being stuck with a senator who should be raising hell over the stuff that the agency which has forced them to violate the trust of the consumer, but is defending that same agency with what feels like every fiber of her old, brittle being.

    It's times like these that I feel like there should be a maximum age limit for politicians.

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