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3/13/2014 (2 years ago)

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Denounces allegations as a 'violation of the Constitutional separation of powers'

"Insensed about allegations the CIA spied on the Senate Intelligence Committee, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa denounced it as "treason . I think Senator Feinstein is as outraged as anyone and I share her outrage. I think the violation of the Constitutional separation of powers should be an offense of the highest level-virtually treason," Issa said.

Committee Chairman Darrell Issa denounced it as 'treason . I think Senator Feinstein is as outraged as anyone and I share her outrage. I think the violation of the Constitutional separation of powers should be an offense of the highest level -- virtually treason.'

Committee Chairman Darrell Issa denounced it as "treason . I think Senator Feinstein is as outraged as anyone and I share her outrage. I think the violation of the Constitutional separation of powers should be an offense of the highest level -- virtually treason."

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/13/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Darrell Issa, CIA, spying, Dianne Feinsteinn


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "Spying on the executive branch-spying on Congress or violating the separation of powers as to the Supreme Court or as to Congress is effectively treason. Treason-it's written up in the Constitution," Issa said of Feinstein's revelations.

"I don't know who gave the orders, but to spy on other branches is in fact a constitutional violation at the level of high crimes and misdemeanors and certainly should cause the removal of anyone involved."

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Senator Dianne Feinstein, Chairman of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee, accused the spy agency this week of secretly examining her committee's computers. She also accused them of taking documents relating to the CIA's interrogation methods on terror suspects who were held overseas after the 9/11 attacks.

CIA Chief John Brennan disputed Feinstein during a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations. "When the facts come out on this, I think a lot of people who are claiming that there has been this tremendous sort of spying and monitoring and hacking will be proved wrong," Brennan said.

Feinstein is seeking out the FBI to investigate the matter further. Feinstein's colleague Senator Barbara Boxer says that she supports Feinstein, saying she thought, "It's really essential that we have a division of powers or separation of powers here so that the Senate can do its oversight."

It's a most unusual matter. Congress and the executive branch have rarely been at odds in such a heated way as they are now. Issa last month questioned Deputy Attorney General James Cole as to whether the NSA collects phone records of congressional members and their staffs, to which Cole responded, "We probably do, Mr. Congressman. But we're not allowed to look at any of those, however, unless we have reasonable, articulable suspicion that those numbers are related to a known terrorist threat."

House Democrats expressed shock and alarm at the revelations coming out of Feinstein's office.

"I don't know how much is based in fact, but it's a terrible thing, when you cross that line of separation of (powers). A lot of things people can complain about with our government, but the balance of power is so very important," Rep. Charlie Rangel said, who was hoping the allegations were not true.

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