Feinstein and Chambliss

Here’s a fun press release from today. Senators Feinstein and Chambliss released a joint statement about the House amendment to defund the NSA’s phone records program.


Feinstein, Chambliss Statement on House Amendment on Phone Records Program

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) today released the following joint statement on an amendment to a House spending bill that would end funding for NSA’s phone records program:

“The FISA business records program has contributed to disrupting numerous terrorist attacks against our nation. It has been reviewed and authorized by all three branches of government and is subject to strict controls.

“Since the public disclosure of the business records program, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has explored how the program can be modified to add extra privacy protections without sacrificing its effectiveness.

“We believe this debate in the Congressional Intelligence and Judiciary committees should continue and that any amendments to defund the program on appropriations bills would be unwise.”


Statistically you’re more likely to get shot in Chicago or drown in your bathtub than be a victim of a terrorist attack. I think, though not positive, that getting struck by lightning is also more likely. I can’t say that either Senator has convinced me of the Cost/Benefit analysis.


  1. Jon Lester says:

    Anytime DiFi and Zaxby make a joint statement, I can’t help but feel that we really are ruled by a fascist duopoly, that our nominal divisions are manufactured for the very purpose of preserving that status quo, along with the for-profit mass media’s vested interest in keeping ad rates high.

    I don’t think the system’s completely rigged; I’m just sick of how it tends to favor such sorry characters as these.

  2. MattMD says:

    It’s so weird to me, I always hear about it when we mere civilians disrupt terror attacks (shoe, panty bombers, Times Square) but I never can remember when the Feds have done this. Am I off base? Are there times when the Feds have clearly disrupted a terror attack?

    Or is it just “national security”? Yeah, ok.

    I would not rule out what Jon said, it very well could be a shell game. Don’t rule out anything until you have enough evidence.

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