90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Senate vs CIA On Intel And Torture

Senator Dianne Feinstein accuses the CIA of spying on the Senate. We’ll look at her fight over the reach and record of American intelligence.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. leaves the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, after saying that the CIA's improper search of a stand-alone computer network established for Congress has been referred to the Justice Department. The issue stems from the investigation into allegations of CIA abuse in a Bush-era detention and interrogation program.  (AP)

Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. leaves the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, after saying that the CIA’s improper search of a stand-alone computer network established for Congress has been referred to the Justice Department. The issue stems from the investigation into allegations of CIA abuse in a Bush-era detention and interrogation program. (AP)

Senator Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has defended the U.S. intelligence establishment through thick and thin, even when things looked pretty bad.  She’s defended N.S.A. mass surveillance.  Called Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing “an act of treason.”  But this week, it is Senator Feinstein unloading on the C.I.A.  Charging the C.I.A. has spied on the Senate to keep torture charges out of view.  Charging that this intelligence agency has breached the separation of powers.  Serious charges.  The C.I.A. is punching back.  This hour On Point:  the C.I.A. and Senate Intelligence Committee go to war.

– Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Mark Mazzetti, national security correspondent for the New York Times. Author of “The Way of the Knife: The C.I.A., A Secret Army and a War At the Ends of the Earth.”  (@MarkMazzettiNYT)

Kim Zetter, senior reporter for Wired magazine, covering cyber-crime, privacy, security and civil liberties. (@KimZetter)

Josh Gerstein, senior White House reporter for POLITICO. (@joshgerstein)

From Tom’s Reading List

New York Times: C.I.A. Employees Face New Inquiry Amid Clashes on Detention Program — “The events have elevated the protracted battle — which began as a fight over who writes the history of the program, perhaps the most controversial aspect of the American government’s response to the Sept. 11 attacks — into a bitter standoff that in essence is a dispute over the separation of powers and congressional oversight of spy agencies.”

POLITICO: Dianne Feinstein’s CIA charge scrambles Senate — “Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s bombshell accusation about the Central Intelligence Agency Tuesday set off a scramble on Capitol Hill — with Democrats and Republicans ignoring the usual party lines in response to her claim that the agency improperly interfered in a congressional investigation. Feinstein (D-Calif.) won immediate backing from top Democrats like Majority Leader Harry Reid and Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy while some Republicans, including Lindsey Graham and John McCain, began to echo her concerns.”

The Wall Street Journal: Senate-CIA Dispute Erupts Into a Public Brawl — “Nonetheless, the harsh critique was all the more stinging because it came from a Democratic leader and pro-intelligence lawmaker who is usually an ally of the CIA.It came as the latest blow in an expanding round of criticism of U.S. spy agencies, following last year’s controversies over the CIA’s drone program and a former contractor’s revelations of extensive National Security Agency surveillance of Americans’ phone data. Tuesday’s exchange reflects the extent to which spy agencies have found themselves on the defensive just three years after one of their greatest victories—the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden.”

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Mar 31, 2015
Some of the hundreds of people who gathered outside the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday, March 28, 2015, for a rally against legislation signed Thursday by Gov. Mike Pence stand on the Statehouse's south steps during the 2-hour-long rally. (AP)

Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Critics call it anti-gay. Business leaders say bad for the economy. The governor’s not backing down. We’ll dive in.

Mar 31, 2015
Jazz icon Billie Holiday performs in New York City's Club Downbeat in February 1947.  (Library of Congress / Creative Commons)

A meditation on the life and music of Billie Holiday. The lady who sang the blues.

RECENT
SHOWS
Mar 30, 2015
Sweet Briar College, an all-women's liberal arts college in Virginia, announced in early 2015 that it would unexpectedly close its doors at the end of the school year. (Courtesy Sweet Brian College)

Fareed Zakaria weighs the value of a liberal arts education in our technology-driven time.

 
Mar 30, 2015
A stele and flowers laid in memory of the victims are placed in the area where the Germanwings jetliner crashed in the French Alps, in Le Vernet, France, Friday, March 27, 2015. The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountain, which killed all 150 people aboard, has raised questions about the mental state of the co-pilot. (AP)

The pilot who crashed his plane in the Alps. What we know now. And what to do about pilots’ psychological health.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Our Week In The Web: March 27, 2015
Friday, Mar 27, 2015

More on the incessant email debate, plus some goats living their best lives and the sad allure of Manhattan’s shuttered Pommes Frites.

More »
2 Comments
 
Mobile Payments Offer Convenience If You Keep Your Email Safe
Thursday, Mar 26, 2015

Thinking about moving your wallet to your phone? You can! And maybe you should? But TechCrunch senior writer Josh Constine has a few things to tell you before you do.

More »
1 Comment
 
Using Technology To Get Your Kids Outside
Thursday, Mar 26, 2015

The latest and greatest — using apps to make natural exploration more fun for your kids.

More »
Comment