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.

Tweet about this on Twitter0Share on Reddit0Share on Facebook0Google+0Email to someone

8 Responses to Dianne Feinstein Complains about Executive Branch Blabbing

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
Emptywheel Twitterverse
bmaz @BradMossEsq @benjaminwittes Well Brad, you do work your ass off giving people every reason to say just that.
44mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz Jeebus, even cranky old John Dowd thinks #Deflategate is a travesty of process against Brady. #FreeTomBrady https://t.co/S0vO8cR5u5
2hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @gideonoliver Sweet!
2hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @makarov__ I've actually raised that as a possibility. But you don't think we have as much to lose there, too? @thegrugq
3hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @peter_donnelly Precisely. Thus the problem with trying to retaliate. @thegrugq
3hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel RT @thegrugq: US to "retaliate" against China for OPM hack. Somewhere. Somehow. Someway. And you won't even know it happened. ;) http://t.…
3hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @NYLibertariann Hell, Congress won't even do that for a real war against ISIL.
3hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @ColMorrisDavis To be fair, "Fixing our economy" is what nutjob say to undercut concerns abt income inequality.
3hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @NYLibertariann Yep. Just one of many problems with this logic. But maybe it's just propaganda w/best reporter for that.
3hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel RT @BenjaminNorton: Ohio man annoyed at neighbor mowing lawn at night shot her in face, ran her over with mower #murica is seriously sick h…
4hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @JasonLeopold Mostly I want to see YOU FOIA details on when they were destroyed. As way of figuring out when govt REALLY learned of deaths.
4hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @AllThingsHLS Right. Perfect for the Squawks. But send us A La Mode, 'kay? @bmaz
4hreplyretweetfavorite
January 2012
S M T W T F S
« Dec   Feb »
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031