Dianne Feinstein, one of America’s most successful criminal master minds, is at it again. For those unaware, Dianne Feinstein is the Bernie Madoff of American politics. She has illegally funneled HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS to her husbands contracting company over the years. At this point, the only difference between Dianne Feinstein and Bernie Madoff, is that Dianne Feinstein had the foresight to buy off the entire judicial system. She is the poster child for why Congress should not be in charge of Congressional ethics investigations.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) offered a full-throated defense of the government’s collection of data on billions of American phone calls, saying Wednesday that the National Security Agency’s practices have safeguarded the nation without trampling on civil liberties.
“What keeps me up at night, candidly, is another attack against the United States. And I see enough of the threat stream to know that is possible,” Feinstein said at a Pacific Council on International Policy dinner in Century City.
She pointed to a warning Wednesday about potential bombs hidden in the shoes of passengers on flights bound for the United States.
“But the way we prevent another attack – and this is tricky – is intelligence,” she said. “You have to know what’s going to happen, because it’s too late otherwise.”
Feinstein’s firm support for the NSA’s tracking program has divided some of her most ardent backers, and in recent months her popularity in California has plunged to a historic low.
During the hourlong question-and-answer session, several people questioned Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, about the boundaries of intelligence gathering and about NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who used his position to collect classified information about NSA activities that he has since made public.
Snowden, Feinstein said, had other options to serve as a whistle-blower, such as turning to her or others in the government, instead of releasing the information and fleeing to Russia. And Americans already see far more intrusion into their lives from commercial sources, she said, noting that her daughter emailed a contractor about a bathroom faucet and then started receiving messages from other contractors.
“There are all kinds of things that are going on. And for some reason, the fear of our government for a bona fide reason, which is to prevent a terrorist attack, raising this kind of concern, when there are only 22 people in our country who have access to this database and every one of them is vetted,” she said.
She defended the oversight of the program, rejecting a suggestion recently made by President Obama that the data be held by telecommunications firms, as well as legislation introduced Tuesday by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for a special committee to investigate the NSA. That, she said, would duplicate existing panels.
“That’s what we do,” Feinstein said in an interview.
Now before we get into what the Los Angeles Slimes has to say about the dishonorable Senator, keep firmly in mind that the Slimes has known about Feinstein’s criminal activities for decades and has been protecting her from public inquiry and demands for investigation. So it should come as no surprise to anyone when the Slimes reports that Senator Feinstein wants to increase the level of illegal surveillance of average citizens by the NSA that the Slimes does their best to cast it in glowing “For the Children” terms.