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Californians speak out for real NSA reform

California residents are displaying a strong show of solidarity in the fight against the FISA Improvements Act. Over 1,100 people have signed an open letter condemning the Act authored the Bay Area Shame On Feinstein coalition, of which BORDC is a member. The letter states the coalition’s opposition to the Act in no uncertain terms. It calls for the withdrawal of the bill in its entirety, for Sen. Feinstein to support meaningful NSA reform such as the USA Freedom Act and finally for Sen. Feinstein to resign as chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence because she has lost the trust of California voters.

As Chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Feinstein has been aware of extraordinary rendition, torture, illegal wiretapping, murky drone policy and more. Yet at the onset of nearly every release of politically dangerous information implicating her or the committee she chairs, she is quick to distance herself from such programs and policies without admitting she knew about and sanctioned them at the time.

Last December in San Francisco, a few score protestors made a loud demonstration at the offices of Blum Capital Partners in North Beach to protest the closure and sale of historic post offices. Escorted by police on motorcycles, they marched downtown to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office. A common theme of the many speeches made that day was that Feinstein had somehow gotten her husband’s firm the contract to sell off the nation’s post offices. FactCheck.org checked the facts and announced that there was no evidence of any conflicts of interest with the CBRE contract.

Officials refuse to say in Senate testimony whether cell site data had ever been used to pinpoint an individual's location.

My yearlong investigation has uncovered evidence of multiple conflicts of interest and problems with post office sales supervised by Blum's company, including:

Advancing their quest for “common sense press control,” the Senate Judiciary Committee voted yesterday to define who the government will consider to be an “Authorized Journalist,” meaning if the measure becomes law, they will also be able to declare who is not. Voting 13-5 on “a compromise worked out by Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin in coordination with news organizations … the overall bill will … would codify many of the regulations proposed earlier this year by Attorney General Eric Holder,” Fox News reported.