It’s unlikely Feinstein will change her tune on the NSA, however, just as it’s unlikely she will back off her criticism off CIA Director John Brennan.
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Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) shocked many of her Senate colleagues with a forceful speech this week accusing the CIA of searching her staffers’ computers and potentially violating the Constitution.
The speech was remarkable not just for the stunning allegations Feinstein laid out in meticulous detail, but also for the fact that the bombshells were coming from the four-term California Democrat.
Feinstein, who at 80 is now the Senate’s oldest member, has been one of the biggest defenders of government surveillance in recent months, as criticism of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) spying has mounted in the halls of Congress and among the public.
Feinstein’s allies say that she didn’t want to make the bitter fight between her committee and the CIA over the CIA’s Bush-era interrogation techniques such a public one, but in the end she felt like she had no choice.