Mikulski Halts Hearing ... to Rebut a Tweet
She responds to a BuzzFeed reporter's criticism
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2013 5:57 PM CDT
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(Newser) Today's appearance by the NSA chief on Capitol Hill didn't produce many surprises—he said data mining is necessary and used in such a way that it doesn't invade privacy—but it did produce one strange moment featuring Sen. Barbara Mikulski. At one point, the Maryland Democrat paused the hearing to read a critical tweet from BuzzFeed reporter Rosie Gray—"@SenatorBarb is trying hard to keep the other senators from asking Gen. Alexander anymore about data mining programs.” Mikulski took exception, reports Politico.

“Not everybody might be watching C-SPAN, so I want to say to Rosie and to others who might read it from Rosie: There is no attempt here to muzzle, stifle any senator from asking any line of questioning.” She also noted that the hearing was originally scheduled to talk about cybersecurity, not surveillance, "but any senator can ask any question at this hearing that they want to." Around that point, she smiled and picked up her smartphone. "So Rosie, it’s an open hearing. Hi. Look forward to keeping in touch.” (After which, Gray tweeted, "guess I should have subtweeted.")

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Jun 13, 2013 9:49 AM CDT
I reserve the word hate for use only when I truly hate something. I hate politicians, every last one of them from the POTUS to the board members of my kids' school district. I use to think the two lowest forms of humans were liars and cheats. Politicians are both and then some.
Jun 13, 2013 8:29 AM CDT
I guess we now know how to shut down the government, send them all tweets endlessly.
Jun 13, 2013 8:21 AM CDT
What a sorry commentary on life in America it is when a 140 character tweet can affect the opinions on the masses. This has become a disgusting result of advanced technology. Pull the Plug!!!!