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Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA), the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said today that the CIA has illegally monitored and searched computers that belong to her committee.
The computers were on a closed network created to investigate claims of CIA abuse related to detention and interrogation programs that began in 2002. Feinstein explained her concerns in a 38-minute speech this morning on the Senate floor. “I have grave concerns that the CIA’s search may well have violated the separation of powers principles embodied in the United States Constitution,” she said.
Feinstein said the CIA’s actions may have violated the Fourth Amendment, which bars “unreasonable searches and seizures,” as well as other federal laws, along with an executive order that prevents the CIA from engaging in domestic surveillance and searches.