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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    John Fenderson (profile), 29 Sep 2013 @ 11:38am

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    My point is that the notion of a liberally biased mainstream press is false, and that the reason that Feinstein takes the positions she does has nothing to do with liberalism.

    The "correction" did have one thing right: Feinstein and the mainstream press are of like minds when it comes to the spying, but their shared ideology is corporatist, not liberalism.

    I was making no comment about why people vote for her -- that has more to do with the tribal warfare between Democrats and Republicans than with liberals vs conservatives.

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