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    CIA Chief: Agency Didn't Hack Senate Computers

    Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., addressing media, Capitol Hill, Washington, March 11, 2014.
    Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., addressing media, Capitol Hill, Washington, March 11, 2014.
    Kent Klein
    CIA Director John Brennan has denied that his agency has hacked into lawmakers' computers, as the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee has charged. The dispute, made public on Tuesday, has been going on for years.
    In 2002, shortly after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, the CIA began to detain and interrogate terror suspects.
    Several years later, the Senate Intelligence Committee began investigating charges that the spy agency used torture in those interrogations.
    In 2009, the CIA let congressional investigators use its computers to review top-secret documents.

    Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., addresses the media, Capitol Hill, Washington, March 11, 2014.Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., addresses the media, Capitol Hill, Washington, March 11, 2014.
    Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., addresses the media, Capitol Hill, Washington, March 11, 2014.
    Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., addresses the media, Capitol Hill, Washington, March 11, 2014.
    But Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said Tuesday the agency illegally monitored the staffers' work, and in 2010 withdrew their access to the documents.
    "In short, this was the exact sort of CIA interference in our investigation that we sought to avoid at the outset," said Feinstein.
    Senator Feinstein raised concerns that the CIA's alleged actions jeopardized the Senate's independence and its ability to conduct oversight of government agencies.
    "I have grave concerns that the CIA's search may well have violated the separation of powers, principles embodied in the United States Constitution," said Feinstein.
    The CIA says Senate aides investigating the agency's secret interrogation and detention program illegally took classified documents.
    CIA Director John Brennan said the agency was not trying to stop the committee's report.
    "As far as the allegations of, you know, CIA hacking into, you know, Senate computers, nothing could be further from the truth.  We wouldn't do that.  I mean, that's just beyond the scope of reason, in terms of what we do," said Brennan.
    At the White House, spokesman Jay Carney did not take sides, saying the matter is being reviewed. 
    "You saw the CIA director say today that if there was any inappropriate activity by the CIA or staff, he would, of course, want to get to the bottom of it, and certainly, the president would agree with that," said Carney.
    The committee's 6,300-page report has not been released to the public.  Lawmakers say it details the CIA's use of waterboarding and other extreme techniques during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
    The four-year, $40 million study also reportedly said the CIA misled the president, Congress and the public about the value of the intelligence yielded by the program.

    Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly indicated that CIA Director John Brennan specifically denied the CIA searched Senate computers. 

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    by: Not Again from: Canada
    March 14, 2014 1:33 AM
    I find it totally ironic, at a time when the World is facing incredible challenges, Ukraine, Russia, Iran, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Central African Republic, South Sudan, missing Malaysian 777, etc, etc, It is my opinion the Director of the CIA has been essentially taken out of Service, removed from his duties, distracted by accusations of problems in the Agency, etc, etc.. and the ship of state is on autopilot. People need to wake up, stop self promoting their political careers, and look at the bigger picture= the World is in a period of rapidly increasing instability; it is not the time to address internal paranoia; it is time for all officials, especially Mr. Brennan, to be in his post, fully concentrating on the terrible events that are taking place, fully focussing and preparing reports and options on the negative events taking place, all around the World which have the potential to directly and negatively affect our futures. Documents on past war events need to be addressed in Camera; there already have been enough leakages, to sink a battleship; such leakages greatly increase the ability of authoritarian regimes, terrorist regimes and their proxis to change the course of our collective security and futures. Past war documents, should be sealed for at least 25 yrs, to ensure processes/procedures, that affect security, are not disclosed. In my opinion, it is not a good time for grandstanding edicts, but it is time for ranks to be closed, and principals need to focus on their work, not on petty, comparatevly speaking, grandstanding notions and deliberations. The Western World is a period of high risk.

    by: Lawrence Cornfart from: D.C.
    March 13, 2014 9:27 PM
    Let's get the FACTS straight right now. The CIA created Al Qaeda, they arm them, fund them, train them, and run them. 9/11 was an INSIDE JOB. The Boston bombing was a false flag created by the CIA, and one of the patsy brothers was on the payroll from the CIA. Benghazi was created by the CIA. The CIA had seal team 6 helicopter shot down. Oklahoma City bombing was run by the CIA. The CIA is SCUM!!!

    by: Ettore Greco from: USA
    March 11, 2014 4:27 PM
    All that is happening in our days is the prelude to enormous changes but even before discussing in regard of the possible remedy one must be clear about how we came to this point recognizing both physiognomy and origin of the threat.

    Since George H. Bush was CIA director, the US secret State agencies had played a double role to finally get to where we are today when every person is constantly monitored by NSA and other agencies not to report the information to the US Government but to feed with all data the embryo of a new superpower still kept hidden.

    In brief, here is the history of how it came to possess all means and to know everything of everyone.
    In 1988 the ex CIA director was elected US president but this one was a president like no other before. His attention quickly turned to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait from where he personally benefited immensely in exchange for the protection of those tyrants and their oil while in the United States instead the president observed his son, Neil, to be the author of the largest robbery of its time, the “Savings and Loans" scandal. After a few years, the next largest robbery in history was Enron that financed the electoral campaign for his other son, George. Once he also became president, the son plotted the most infamous attack on US soil, 9/11, to begin the widest monitoring program ever conceived and to consolidate for 8 years the interest of one family above all.

    In our days, a group of Zionists, like a hidden parallel government, with George Bush still today at the head of secret services in the US, UK and Israel, is the destabilizing force behind most terror events and with classified information at disposal and a private army is plotting what now would seem unthinkable to many. The spokesman for this group in the US Congress is John Mc Cain who reports the given orders weighing on the US administration.

    A World War and chaos everywhere have already been planned so that desperate people will soon invoke a New World Order without even knowing what that is. Not the protests or violence in the streets could ever oppose such threat to the whole Humankind.

    It will take a new Awareness to form one alternative Front to oppose the detailed Zionist Plan which is founded upon the Biblical concept of one "chosen people" and that justifies any mean based on its Belief that Equality does not exist.

    The next War will be inevitable and also come by surprise. It will be the excuse to completely abolish the concept of Equality and all human rights associated with it celebrating the rise of one "chosen people" so to weave Religions with their plot. Like the Robbery of all times in the name of a New World Order which is in fact that Greater State of Israel already described in the Bible.

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