Feinstein Introduces Trojan Horse … But Tech Giants Throw Weight Behind Legislation Which Would ACTUALLY Rein In NSA Spying

Silicon Valley Titans See Which Way the Wind is Blowing …

The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee – NSA shill Diane Feinstein – introduced a Trojan Horse of a bill today which pretends it reins in the NSA, but would actually legalize bulk surveillance on Americans.

But the tech giants just threw their support behind a real reform bill.  Specifically, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook and AOL put their support behind the USA Freedom Act … the bill introduced by Senator Leahy and Congressman Sensenbrenner to start reining in the NSA for real.

The tech giants aren’t supporting the bill out of the goodness of their hearts, but because cooperating with the NSA has cost them tens of billions of dollars. And see this.

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  • Diogenes Shrugged

    Grammatical and spelling bumps-in-the-road made me wonder why you don’t take two minutes to proofread your articles. Extremely sloppy presentation there.

    • Tonto

      Yes, and of course, NEITHER the so-called USA Freedom Act, NOR the Feinstein bill are meant to do much more than obfuscate the fact that the spying will continue entirely unabated and unfettered. Spying is real power in so many powerful ways. No one EVER gives up real power like this, willingly. That’s just not part of human nature.

      Spying is the jackboot of political power. And it’s definitely here to stay. There are no heroes in this story. There are only lying schemers intent on consolidating power.

      Catherine de Medici used to do her spying as long ago as the Sixteenth Century. The article is naive.

      And yes, Diogenes simply shrugged his shoulders at all these many Alexanders. “What can you do for me? Well, you can step out of the sunlight that warms my body, Alexander. Step out of the sunlight and, be on your way.”

    • gozounlimited

      Are you looking for a job?

      • Lolly Connolly

        Pay no attention to gozo. He hasn’t worked since he took up pasturing on the nuthouse lawn.

    • anonymous

      No body cares about spelling mistakes you dumb shit, we’re worried about our country going down the toilet.

    • anonymous

      No body cares about spelling mistakes you dumb shit, we’re worried about our country going down the toilet.

  • Agent Feinstein-Israel is doing a FINE job.

  • # 23 Feinstein’s Conflict of Interest in Iraq

    Dianne Feinstein—the ninth wealthiest member of congress—has been beset by monumental ethical conflicts of interest. As a member of the Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee (MILCON) from 2001 to the end of 2005, Senator Feinstein voted for appropriations worth billions of dollars to her husband’s firms.

    From 1997 through the end of 2005, Feinstein’s husband Richard C. Blum was a majority shareholder in both URS Corp. and Perini Corp. She lobbied Pentagon officials in public hearings to support defense projects that she favored, some of which already were, or subsequently became, URS or Perini contracts. From 2001 to 2005, URS earned $792 million from military construction and environmental cleanup projects approved by MILCON; Perini earned $759 million from such projects.

    In 2000, Perini earned a mere $7 million from federal contracts. After 9/11, Perini was transformed into a major defense contractor. In 2004, the company earned $444 million for military construction work in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as for improving airfields for the US Air Force in Europe and building base infrastructures for the US Navy around the globe. In a remarkable financial recovery, Perini shot from near penury in 1997 to logging gross revenues of $1.7 billion in 2005.

    It is estimated that Perini now holds at least $2.5 billion worth of contracts tied to the worldwide expansion of the US military. Its largest Department of Defense contracts are “indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity” or “bundled” contracts carrying guaranteed profit margins. As of May 2006, Perini held a series of bundled contracts awarded by the Army Corps of Engineers for work in the Middle East worth $1.725 billion. Perini has also been awarded an open-ended contract by the US Air Force for military construction and cleaning the environment at closed military bases.


    North Bay Bohemian, January 24, 2007
    Title: “Senator Feinstein’s Iraq Conflict”
    Author: Peter Byrne


    Student Researcher: David Abbott, Amanda Spigut, and Ann Marie O’Toole
    Faculty Evaluator: David McCuan, Ph.D.

    • Look at the dates, 911 was very lucrative for “the Feinsteins”:

      ” From 2001 to 2005, URS earned $792 million from military construction and environmental cleanup projects approved by MILCON; Perini earned $759 million from such projects.”
      It brings to mind: “war profiteers” and very timely, too, to have Dianne Feinstein in place on MILCON ahead of time. Very timely indeed.
      She distracts from all of this with her GUN CONTROL crusades.

  • gozounlimited

    Are government officials being subjected to manipulation, intimidation,or even blackmail by rogue elements inside the for profit corporate-controlled intelligence agencies?

    Let me go in a different direction in order to try to make a point about the dangers of an intelligence agency having “total awareness” about everybody, including government officials…

    On September 18th, the San Francisco Bay Area East Bay Express published an excerpt of the book “Going Postal: The husband of US Senator Dianne Feinstein has been selling post offices to his friends, cheap.”

    The author, Peter Byrne,reports that the U.S. Postal Service is being killed (defunded and privatized) for political reasons, and that the company tasked with selling off its properties is C.B. Richard Ellis (CBRE). And it just so happens that the company’s chairman is Richard C. Blum, Senator Dianne Feinstein’s husband.

    Here’s a list of his findings after a yearlong investigation:

    CBRE appears to have repeatedly violated its contractual duty to sell postal properties at or above fair market values.

    CBRE has sold valuable postal properties to developers at prices that appear to have been steeply discounted from fair market values, resulting in the loss of tens of millions of dollars in public revenue.

    In a series of apparently non-arm’s-length transactions, CBRE negotiated the sale of postal properties all around the country to its own clients and business partners, including to one of its corporate owners, Goldman Sachs Group.

    CBRE has been paid commissions as high as 6 percent by the Postal Service for representing both the seller and the buyer in many of the negotiations, thereby raising serious questions as to
    whether CBRE was doing its best to obtain the highest price possible for the Postal Service.

    Senator Feinstein has lobbied the Postmaster General on behalf of a redevelopment project in which her husband’s company was involved…… http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/10/29/1251429/-Senator-Dianne-Feinstein-Psy-Ops-on-U-S-Officials-And-The-Sale-of-Post-Offices-on-The-Cheap#

    Follow The Money……..

    According to the Project on Government Oversight, $300 billion a year is now spent on a “shadow government of private contractors.” At the center of this arrangement is an interlocking web of current and former high-level government officials, major corporations, D.C. think tanks and other
    inside-the-Beltway operators who have benefited from the rise of the surveillance state. Senator Feinstein is one of the most notable:

    Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, is married to Richard C. Blum, who was substantially invested in URS Corp, which owns EG&G, a leading government technical provider that has been awarded hundreds of millions of dollars in security-related contracts. Feinstein never abstained from voting when it affected her husband’s wallet and Blum made $100 million when he sold his shares, as investigative reporter Peter Byrne exposed in his
    2007 series the “Feinstein Files.”…… http://www.indypendent.org/2013/07/16/nsa-follows-you-we-follow-money

  • Cross and Hammer

    Oy Vey! This bill is Antisemitic! THIS IS A COMPLETE HOLOCAUST! If you goyim don’t support Feinstein’s bill, another 600 trillion of G-d’s Chosen will be turned into lampshades! Remember, Israel is your greatest ally!

  • psyoped

    This bill will probably be used to take away momentum from Justin Amash’s bill. Just supports Leahy/Sensenbrenner bill because there is some good in it, but that doesn’t mean it goes far enough. Amash was having great success with his bill almost passing and attracting more support as more NSA revelations surfaced. Now Sensenbrenner, who authored the disastrous bills NSA used to do whatever it wished, is going to “save” us. Let’s hear Amash analyze the bills.

  • james

    Tech giants and every other American better get onboard with killing NSA spying pronto – or the tech giants’ businesses and the US Economy is toast.

    Who elsewhere in the world is going to use Microsoft software on their desktop if they know that the NSA has a built in backdoor and owns the ability to provide updates to the software in order to spy on the computer and possibly the entire network it’s connected to.

    Same goes for Apple products. Same for all the others. Their businesses will die on the vine if they cannot prove their software and internet services are secure from economic thievery – forget about terrorism, it’s patently obvious that NSA spying is about gaining economic advantage.

    Actually it’s worse than that – they are walking dead right now – because the world knows right now.

    And what is left of the US economy is totally dependent on that sector, which is pretty much the only thing that America still smokes the rest of the world in.

    Thanks NSA; you just killed America.

    And for those who think that this is Snowden’s fault – you are idiots. If it wasn’t Snowden who leaked it, then somebody else would eventually. The damage was done when somebody chose to ignore the well written and respected principles on which our country was founded. I could care less about the rational legality of the spying – in the spiriit of everything American, this is dead wrong.

    And as for congress – at this point they are simply rubbing it in that our government is corrupt and we can’t do anything about it – they don’t even try to hide the antics….

  • QuestionItAgain

    Feinstein…remember the Feinstein Fumble? She did the same deception with the NDAA. http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2012/11/30/the-feinstein-fumble-indefinite-detention-remains/#.UnQe1HrD-Uk

  • QuestionItAgain

    The NSA works for the International Banking cartel and their global agenda. As these scoundrels collapse economies, they need to WATCH YOUR reactions and know who to go after…the NSA is there to protect the elite…its that simple.

  • Susan Evers

    HOLY SMOKES> Feinstein is now under investigation by the feds-