Dianne Feinstein Complains about Executive Branch Blabbing

In her statement at the beginning of the Threat Intelligence Assessment hearing today, Dianne Feinstein complained that the Executive Branch continues to blab about things that are supposed to be secret (this starts around 11:00).

I’d also like to say that once again this committee has been put in a difficult position of trying to avoid any mention of classified matters when various parts of the executive branch may be doing somewhat the opposite. I ask members to be careful in their questions and statements and to remember that public discussion of some intelligence programs and assets can lead to them being compromised.

On the particular issue of drone strikes, I will only say that I was cleared to say in our joint hearing with the House Intelligence Committee last September “And there’s no issue that receives more attention and oversight from this Committee than the United States Counterterrorism efforts going on along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. These efforts are extremely precise and carefully executed and are the most effective tools we have. Non-combatant casualties are kept to an absolute minimum.”

Given the timing, given her references to both assets and programs, and given her comments about the drone strikes on the Pakistani border, I assume she’s complaining about Leon Panetta’s blabbing to 60 Minutes the other night. (Plus, DiFi and Panetta have had their difficulties in the past.)

You see? It’s not just me that is fed up with this double standard on secrecy.

Update: Josh Gerstein talked to DiFi after the hearing, and she made it clear she was not criticizing the President.

Feinstein insisted after Tuesday’s hearing that her remarks were not aimed at Obama.

“I was not criticizing the president.  I was reminding the committee about protecting classified information,” she said in a statement e-mailed to POLITICO. She did not elaborate on what “parts of the executive branch” she was referring to in her public comments earlier in the day. A spokesman had no immediate response to a request for clarification.

Twitter0Reddit0Facebook0Google+0Email

8 Responses to Dianne Feinstein Complains about Executive Branch Blabbing

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8

Emptywheel Twitterverse
bmaz @jeff_kaye @Krhawkins5 @emptywheel @JasonLeopold Yeah, my vote is have Obama award him an Ethics Medal of Freedom
1mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @JessicaValenti Obviously playing with grandkids makes you unable to answer a 3 AM phone call. @emilycrockett
7mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel .@shaneharris Rather interesting it specifies Compton.
10mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz "Justice In The Shitter" RT @carolrosenberg Guantanamo Camp Justice: Rank has privileges. #FOGO #HisandHers @JTFGTMO http://t.co/BgK2V2itWN
18mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @JasonLeopold Ferry, but no Roxy?
19mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz Hey, any attorney friends in or about Ft. Myers FL area, please help @EricMayer out A Serious Request for Assistance http://t.co/3m71nHKadE
22mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @Krhawkins5 Yes. And I believe there were others that bc detainees not charged not given attention. @GitmoWatch @carolrosenberg
24mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @Krhawkins5 Fairly certain if you look beyond lawyers for those who've been charged it's more than that. @gitmowatch @carolrosenberg
26mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @Matt_Cagle @FeleciaForAZ Ha! Yeah, but I am not giving Horne $100 for the pleasure, even though it might be a riot to watch the gig.
28mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @MarkSZaidEsq @BradMossEsq @Thomas_Drake1 Heh, just checking! Honestly, I think all are entitled to rep+rarely believe good to criticize it.
30mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel ICYMI, DOJ IG's investigation into issues w/PATRIOT authorities thru 5 years ago turned 1400 days old this week. http://t.co/bezec4tNNU
33mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz Why every Arizonan should vote for @FeleciaForAZ for AZ Attorney General (Hint:Horne is in bed with the nuts): http://t.co/v3K5H0veuO
33mreplyretweetfavorite
January 2012
S M T W T F S
« Dec   Feb »
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031