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Mar 12, 2014

Crikey says: we have questions for our intelligence agencies

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In Washington DC there’s a remarkable standoff between the world’s most powerful intelligence organisation, the CIA, and the body dedicated to its oversight, the Senate Intelligence Committee. According to its chair, Democratic veteran Dianne Feinstein, the committee has been spied on and harassed by the CIA, claims rejected by Barack Obama’s handpicked CIA chief John Brennan.

That Feinstein has been a stalwart defender of the National Security Agency over the last nine months makes the clash all the more remarkable.

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3 thoughts on “Crikey says: we have questions for our intelligence agencies

  1. klewso

    Why (no such investigations into such lingering odours)? Because they’re toys reserved for the major parties to play with?

  2. Ian

    Are there any Greens or independents on the oversight committee? If not it is only window dressing.

  3. AR

    Let the Independent NOT be Wilkie – as an ONAnist he would be as likely to call spooks to account as EricA.
    His whiney ‘bombshell’ (btw, who writes Crikey’s headers – a mudorc reject?)today shredded any last hope I had that he could rise above his past uniformophilia.
    Let it also not be forgotten that during his “support” for the Gillard government, he advocated a return to the Rodent era policies of sabotaging boats in Indonesia to prevent them setting.
    Can he not even spell “casus belli“?

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