CIA Director John Brennan Admits CIA Spied on Senate Staffers

With the declassified version of the Inspector General's report outlining the CIA's unauthorized intrusion into U.S. Senate staffers' computers on the horizon, CIA director John Brennan admitted today the agency spied on Senate members. He also apologized. [More...]

This all comes about as a result of Sen. Diane Feinstein's charge months ago:

Feinstein, in her dramatic speech on the Senate floor in March, said the agency breached the firewall to obstruct the committee’s investigation of the agency’s torture of post-9/11 terrorism detainees, a years-long effort expected to be partially declassified in the coming days or weeks. That investigation was itself prompted by a different coverup: the destruction of videotapes of brutal interrogations by a senior official, Jose Rodriguez.

Brennan's initial response to Feinstein's allegation was:

As far as the allegations of, you know, CIA hacking into, you know, Senate computers, nothing could be further from the truth. I mean we wouldn’t do that. I mean, that’s just beyond the – you know, the scope of reason in terms of what we would do,” Brennan said on the day of Feinstein’s accusation.

Colorado Senator Mark Udall is calling for Brennan to resign.

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    Am I the only one who to see (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 31, 2014 at 08:27:37 PM EST
    A little humor in the congress being all upset about finding out they are being spied on like the rest of us?

    Welcome to the party Diane.

    It's called (none / 0) (#2)
    by Zorba on Thu Jul 31, 2014 at 09:04:13 PM EST
    Schadenfreude.   ;-)

    The CIA is expressly prohibited ... (none / 0) (#3)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu Jul 31, 2014 at 09:27:34 PM EST
    ... by federal law from engaging in any sort of domestic surveillance on U.S. citizens. After all, that's what the FBI is for. :-(

    But seriously, CIA Director John Brennan should tender his resignation, and President Obama should accept it. And whoever it was that authorized surveillance on the Senate committee responsible for oversight of the CIA should be brought up on charges, because by its own admission today, the agency committed a crime.



    Not holding my breath awaiting (none / 0) (#4)
    by oculus on Thu Jul 31, 2014 at 09:39:02 PM EST

    Charges? What, are you kidding? (none / 0) (#5)
    by Anne on Thu Jul 31, 2014 at 09:46:38 PM EST
    No, see, the way this works is that Brennan and his cronies/henchmen will - if anyone would ever ask for resignations - just go out into the private sector security-contracting world like Keith Alexander did, and make hundreds of thousands of dollars a month "advising" on all these things they know so much about...shoot, Brennan's probably champing at the bit for a reason to leave "public service."

    CIA = outta control (none / 0) (#6)
    by desertswine on Thu Jul 31, 2014 at 09:50:09 PM EST