On a day when non-working citizens can tune into C-Span to listen to Senator Claire McCaskill drill Department of Energy executives about their permitting a prime contractor to fire two whistleblowers who worked at Hanford nuclear site and who complained about safety violations, one could also hear Senator Dianne Feinstein blast the CIA for spying on her staff.
In both instances, Democrat Senators are addressing problems with the Obama administration’s executives and departments. To the average citizen who might catch an earful during dinner while watching the evening news, the summation is that government cannot be trusted. In the instance of the CIA spying on the Senate oversight committee, well that is a breach of the separation of powers as defined by the US Constitution.
Every day, more and more credibility is given to arguments by Edward Snowden that We the People have lost control of government by the people. The dysfunction in the American political system is tragically broken to extremes that warrant calling it a national emergency to get it fixed.
Who do you trust the most, Senator Feinstein or CIA Director Brennan?
United States Senator
Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein, born Dianne Emiel Goldman is the senior United States Senator from California. A member of the Democratic Party, she has served in the Senate since 1992. Wikipedia
Born: June 22, 1933 (age 80), San Francisco, CA
Office: Senator (D-CA) since 1992
Spouse: Richard C. Blum (m. 1980), Bertram Feinstein (m. 1962–1978),Jack Berman (m. 1956–1960)
Previous offices: Mayor of San Francisco (1978–1988), San Francisco Supervisor (1969–1978)
Education: Stanford University (1956), Convent of the Sacred Heart High School
Children: Katherine Feinstein Mariano”
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
March 8, 2013
Michael Morell (Acting)
5th United States Homeland Security Advisor
January 20, 2009 – March 8, 2013
Director of the National Counterterrorism Center
August 27, 2004 – August 1, 2005
George W. Bush
John Owen Brennan
September 22, 1955 (age 58)
North Bergen, New Jersey, U.S.
University of Texas, Austin"
This analyst would give the edge to Senator Feinstein as she is the senior elected official and overseer. John Brennan is a holdover from the previous administration and should have been replaced.
“Brennan: CIA hacking allegations not true
By Jeremy Herb
CIA Director John Brennan on Tuesday denied allegations that the CIA hacked into Senate Intelligence Committee computers.
“Nothing could be further from the truth,” Brennan said at an event at the Council on Foreign Relations. “We wouldn’t do that. That’s just beyond the scope of reason in terms of what we’d do.”
Brennan's denial comes after Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) issued a scathing statement on Tuesday accusing the CIA of illegally searching her committee’s computers.
“I have grave concerns that the CIA’s search may well have violated the separation of powers principles embodied in the United States Constitution,” Feinstein said. “I have asked for an apology and a recognition that this CIA search of computers used by its oversight committee was inappropriate. I have received neither.”