SHAHID BUTTAR, media at bordc.org, @bordc
Executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Buttar is said today: “As Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) bears responsibility for the NSA’s spying programs. In fact, the committee she leads was originally created specifically to stop these abuses: the last time Congress investigated our nation’s intelligence agencies, in the 1970s, it discovered widespread constitutional violations and what the U.S. Senate called a ‘sophisticated vigilante operation’ aimed at suppressing certain points of view.
“This week, only two days after the authors of the PATRIOT Act introduced a measure to curtail abuses under the law they enabled, Sen. Feinstein has introduced her own bill. Whereas the USA Freedom Act proposed by Senator Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Sensennbrenner (R-Wis.) would dramatically curtail mass surveillance and executive secrecy, however, Senator Feinstein’s bill — which we could safely call the NSA Entrenchment Act — would merely paper over NSA abuses, codify dragnet spying, and entrench the programs started illegally in secret under the Bush administration despite mounting global controversy.”
See Trevor Timm’s piece “Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s New NSA Bill Will Codify and Extend Mass Surveillance of Americans.” Also see: MSNBC: “Feinstein gives the NSA what it wants” and “Dianne Feinstein Is Still a Friend of the NSA After All.”