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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  1. identicon
    Truth, 26 Sep 2013 @ 8:35pm

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

    @CommonSense

    No disrespect, but you really have no idea how the modern web works nor an understanding of how much data actually flows through and to Google (and Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, etc.) even when you are not using their services or search engine. Using their services allows them to know exactly who you are. Otherwise, they still have a damn good idea of who you are anyway based on browsing history and habits, IP address rotation, times of access, etc. none of which require you to even open Google.com or use Gmail. Most ANY page you visit now will have several web beacons that check in with these companies and that is a more than decade old concept. It really is deeper than many know or think.

    Also, she is an idiot that has no place in Congress, like many of them.

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