Senator Russ Feingold‘s blunt and captivating discussion at the New America Foundation yesterday about America’s strategic intelligence deficit can be watched here.
While his talk focused mostly about the structure of the national intelligence system and its capacity, during questions, he goes after the FISA compromise and calls it a farce that hides the real issue — which is that Americans who communicate electronically abroad are going to be spied on more invasively than ever before in the nation’s history. The Q&A is quickfire, substantive, and should be listened to.
The entire presentation was important and provocative. A pdf of his prepared comments can be accessed here. (his text can also be read on the web below this related article by Nick Juliano at Raw Story).
For those who prefer, this is an mp3 of the meeting.
— Steve Clemons