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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    CommonSense (profile), 30 Sep 2013 @ 9:27am

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

    I know full well how the modern web works, and unless you take action to prevent cookies and those other beacons you speak of, then yes they broadcast or what have you and take note of limited information unless you are signed in and agreed to it. The thing is, unless you have a static IP or something like that to where your electronic signature is always the same, then they only collect enough info to follow you around for a session, and only on such pages. Honestly though, I assume people in general (at least those on this site) are aware now of how much data CAN flow through such sites, and that they understand about browser add-ons to block them if that's their desire. But, my point is still valid that Google does not try to hide or lie about what they do...(unless commanded to do so by the feds I guess..)

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