August 16, 2013

Feinstein defends Congress’ intelligence oversight amid new revelations

Some secrets don’t faze Sen. Dianne Feinstein. She keeps plenty, after all, as the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee. But the 15-member panel that the California Democrat has led since 2009 is scrambling to catch up with the latest public revelations about government spying. It’s a potentially awkward position for the 80-year-old lawmaker, who’s regularly defended secret surveillance programs that others have knocked, and who now must defend the quality of congressional oversight as well.

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