Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.
As reported on Just Security yesterday, Senate Intelligence Committee chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein accused the CIA of conducting illegal searches of her committee’s computer network [The Hill’s Jeremy Herb et al.]. Feinstein said she had “grave concerns that the CIA’s search may well have violated the separation-of-powers principles embodied in the United States Constitution” and “may also have violated the Fourth Amendment, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, as well as Executive Order 12333, which prohibits the CIA from conducting domestic searches or surveillance.”
CIA Director John Brennan told NBC News (Andrea Mitchell) that the agency did not spy on the Committee’s computers or interfere with its investigation into the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. In a subsequent discussion at the Council on Foreign Relations, Brennan said [The New Yorker’s Amy Davidson]:
“when the facts come out on this, I think a lot of people who are claiming that there has been this tremendous sort of spying and monitoring and hacking will be proved wrong.”
Brennan also defended his agency’s actions in a message to CIA personnel on Tuesday [Politico’s Josh Gerstein].
Politico (Burgess Everett and Manu Raja) covers the responses of lawmakers, “with Democrats and Republicans ignoring the usual party lines in response to [Feinstein’s] claim that the agency improperly interfered in a congressional investigation.”
The New York Times editorial board hopes that President Obama “knows that when he has lost Dianne Feinstein, he has no choice but to act in favor of disclosure and accountability” in relation to the Senate’s CIA torture report.… continue »