Senators on Wednesday expressed alarm at explosive allegations that the CIA might have spied on their computers to keep tabs on their controversial review of Bush-era “enhanced interrogation” techniques.
Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) confirmed Wednesday that the CIA inspector general was investigating accusations that the covert agency had peered into the panel’s computers. But she didn’t comment on reports that the investigator has referred the matter to the Justice Department.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), an ex officio member of the Intelligence panel, said the charge of spying is “extremely serious.”
“There are laws against intruding and tampering, hacking into, accessing computers without permission. And that law applies to everybody,” he said.
Whew! (wipes eyes) Good one, Senator Levin. Now please tell us the one about “public service” again.
What the good senator means, of course, is that there are laws against intruding and tampering, hacking into, accessing senators’ computers without permission. And that prohibition applies to everybody. In short, the U.S. Senate has finally found a surveillance target it doesn’t like.
In a just world, this would be really entertaining. But I give it at least a 60% chance the good senators will be J. Edgar Hoover’ed into silence.