Sen. Feinstein On This Week: ‘Open’ To Holding Hearings On Surveillance, But The Info ‘Is All Classified’

Sen. Feinstein On ABC: 'Open' To Holding Hearings On Surveillance, But The Info 'Is All Classified'

Speaking on This Week With George Stephanopoulos, Senator Dianne Feinstein offered to hold continual hearings on the NSA’s surveillance programs to placate demands for greater transparency in intelligence gathering—with the one caveat that most of what those hearings would cover is classified.

“I’m open to doing a hearing every month if that’s necessary,” Feinstein said. “Now, here’s the rub. The instances when this has disrupted plots, prevented terrorist attacks, is all classified. That’s what’s so hard about this. We can’t actually go in there, and, other than the two that have been released, give the public an actual idea of people that have been saved, attacks that have been prevented.”

Representative Mike Rogers backed her up.

“One of the things that we’re charged with is keeping America safe and keeping our civil liberties and privacies intact,” he said. “I think we’ve done both in this particular case. The problem with this is, if you tell our adversaries and our enemies in the counterterrorism fight, they’re not going to conduct business in the same way ever again.”

Earlier in the show, Rogers and Feinstein, heads of their respective chambers’ intelligence committees, both advocated an investigation into the leak(s) that publicized the NSA’s surveillance programs.

Watch the segment here:

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