Rand Paul slams CIA over alleged Senate hacking: ‘This cannot happen in a free country’

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Outside the Senate Chamber on Thursday, Senator Rand Paul Slammed the CIA over the recent allegations that the agency hacked into senate staff computers as part of a dispute over a report detailing CIA waterboarding.

“There’s an incredible arrogance to me that the CIA thinks they can spy on a committee that is providing oversight for the CIA, and I think it’s a real, very serious constitutional breach,” said the Kentucky senator. “This cannot happen in a free country.”

Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein took the senate floor on Tuesday to accuse the CIA of violating federal law as they monitored staffers’ work.

“I have grave concerns that the CIA’s search may well have violated the separation of powers, principles embodied in the United States Constitution,” said Feinstein.

CIA Director John Brennan has since denied Feinstein’s charges saying the agency was not trying to prevent the report from continuing.

“As far as the allegations of, you know, CIA hacking into, you know, Senate computers, nothing could be further from the truth.  We wouldn’t do that.  I mean, that’s just beyond the scope of reason, in terms of what we do,” said Brennan.

Senator Feinstien has been receiving much heat over her allegations considering she has been a vocal proponent of warrantless surveillance.

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