Feinstein Claims NSA Spying Program Could Have Prevented 9/11 Attacks

By on October 17, 2013

by Ali Papademetriou

California Senator Diane Feinstein surprised many libertarians last year when she introduced a provision to the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), that would have allowed United States citizens the right to due process and jury trial – fundamental constitutional rights.

The provision failed to pass, though, and Feinstein’s socialist politics went back to usual. In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, the senator called for an increase in more stringent gun control measures. She then went on to show her adamant support for the intelligence community and distaste for its critics.

Particularly, she called Ed Snowden, whistleblower against the NSA who leaked information on the agency unconstitutionally spying on millions of Americans through their phone records, a traitor. Now her fervent backing of the intelligence community is continuing to stand out.

Antiwar’s John Glaser reported on an op-ed that Senator Feinstein published in the Wall Street Journal last weekend, inevitably, in favor of the National Security Agency. She made clear in her writing that the September 11th attacks could have been prevented had the NSA surveillance program been alive beforehand.

We would have detected the impending attack that killed 3,000 Americans,” Feinstein claimed. Of course, this notion is just another talking point for her to use in defense against the controversial intelligence agency, which has been highly criticized for spying on Americans without probable cause or a warrant.

In fact, Feinstein’s assumptions have been argued against in the past.

Senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall, both of whom have positions in the Senate Intelligence Committee, wrote in a letter to NSA Director Keith Alexander, criticizing him by detailing, “Saying that ‘these programs’ have ‘disrupted dozens of potential terrorist plots’ is misleading if the bulk phone records collection program is actually providing little or no value.”

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  1. Joel

    October 17, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    And it could have stopped the Boston in Bombin….. Wait they were spying then, never mind…

    Or let me put it this way, I don’t care if it would have stopped a nuclear attack I am not giving up my privacy for the illusion of safety. Get rid of this dementia ridden b&%^$.I never thought I would be pro euthenasia…

  2. Kilgore

    October 18, 2013 at 2:57 am

    What utter garbage. They knew it was going to happen well in advance. She has lost her mind and souled her soul. She needs to step down or be removed from her position immediately.

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