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

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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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    JMT (profile), 26 Sep 2013 @ 8:25pm

    Re: If you're going to be consistent, start calling Google a SPY AGENCY.

    "Oh, different then, eh?"

    Monumentally different. So different I'd have an aneurysm trying to think otherwise.

    "But it SPIES like a spy agency, with tentacles all over the web like a spy agency; collects and collates every possible detail to track persons like a creepy spy agency..."

    Overblown as usual but not entirely incorrect...

    "...potential blackmail material besides industrial espionage or stock market insider trading, and it's secretive like a spy agency..."

    ...and then you steer into paranoid fantasy nonsense without a shred or evidence is history to back you up. No surprise.

    The big differences of course are (1) using Google is entirely optional and (2) Google provides a ton of useful services that are immensely beneficial and enjoyable to millions of people every day. Don't you think government spy agencies fall a bit short on those two points?

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