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Senators Clear Path for Release of Detention Report on C.I.A.

July 18, 2014
Mark Mazzetti | The New York Times
Two members of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday announced their support for declassifying parts of a long-delayed report on the C.I.A.’s defunct detention and interrogation program, all but assuring that the committee will approve the report and send it to President Obama for eventual release.

Immigration Crisis, Middle East Tensions, U.S.-Germany Spying

July 11, 2014
President Obama proposed a $3.7 billion plan to address the surge of illegal immigrants, the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas, and Germany's decision to expel a CIA station chief in Berlin in response to more cases of U.S...
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Germany Demands Top U.S. Intelligence Officer Be Expelled

July 11, 2014
Mark Mazzetti, Alison Smale, David Sanger | The New York Times
The German government on Thursday demanded the removal of the top American spy in the country, the strongest evidence yet that mounting revelations about widespread American intelligence operations in Germany have gravely damaged relations between once close allies.
Jeff Zeleny
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CIA in hot seat with Senate and fallout from Snowden disclosures

April 10, 2014
Jeff Zeleny | ABC News
The art of a good spy is to go undetected. But as tensions continue between Congress and the CIA over allegations that the intelligence agency improperly spied on Senate staffers, the nation’s spy agency has found itself squarely in the spotlight. Veteran CIA officer Peter Earnest told “The Fine Print” that the conflict between the nation’s spies and its legislators is nothing new.
April 4 2014
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Webcast Extra: Senate Pushes to Declassify CIA Torture Report

April 4, 2014
Feinstein wages battle with the CIA. Plus the Koch brothers' influence on the GOP...

Russia-Ukraine Standoff, Feinstein vs CIA and Florida's Special Election Review

March 14, 2014
Russia-Ukraine Standoff, Feinstein vs CIA and Florida's Special Election Review. Amy Walter of Cook Political Report moderates...
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Feinstein: CIA searched Intelligence Committee computers

March 12, 2014
Ed O'Keefe, Greg Miller, Adam Goldman | The Washington Post
A behind-the-scenes battle between the CIA and Congress erupted in public Tuesday as the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee accused the agency of breaking laws and breaching constitutional principles in an alleged effort to undermine the panel’s multi-year investigation of a controversial interrogation program.
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The Senate and the CIA at War

March 12, 2014
John Dickerson | Slate Magazine
How do you spy on a spy? In the case of Senate investigators, you do it by adopting some of their methods. During the five year investigation into the CIA interrogation and detention program, members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, working in a windowless room at the spy agency’s headquarters, suspected that key documents had been removed from their computer network. Luckily, they had a hard copy. To keep it from being destroyed, Senate sleuths spirited the document from the CIA and put it in a safe in the Hart Senate Office Building. The move set off a chain of events that broke open on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday as Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the chairwoman of the intelligence committee, accused the CIA of spying on her investigators. CIA Director John Brennan insists the CIA isn’t trying to thwart her investigations. The Justice Department is now conducting two inquiries: one looking into whether the CIA illegally snooped on congressional investigators and another looking into whether those investigators broke the law. The accusations include lying to Congress and to the Justice Department, and spying on congressional investigators to hide what the CIA was doing. Frank Underwood will no doubt be weighing in soon.
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Feinstein: CIA searched Intelligence Committee computers

March 11, 2014
Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post
The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday sharply accused the CIA of violating federal law and undermining the constitutional principle of congressional oversight as she detailed publicly for the first time how the agency secretly removed documents from computers used by her panel to investigate a controversial interrogation program.
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