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UK fraternity faces sanctions Phi Delta Theta allegedly violated Student Code of Conduct By Will Wright wwright@kykernel.com

Phi Delta Theta fraternity violated sections of the Student Code of Conduct, a university official said, and the fraternity will be sanctioned. Sanctions have been offered “based on the gravity of the incidents and prior case history,” according to a

statement from Victor Hazard, the dean of students. After incidents violating the code were reported, a hearing with the IFC Judicial Board followed, according to the statement. “We are disappointed with the university’s ruling,” said Kyle Budde, president of UK’s Phi Delta Theta chapter. “The serious allegations against us remain un-

true and are based on nothing but hearsay and gossip. We look forward to a continuing, fair appeals process.” The fraternity, which has been on campus since 2003, has the right to appeal the sanctions to UK’s Office of Student Conduct in the Division of Student Affairs and ultimately to the University Appeals Board, ac-

cording to the statement. Sanctions will be final after the completion of the appeals process. The university declined to release the IFC recommendation until a final decision has been made. The Kentucky Kernel plans to file an open PHOTO BY JOEL REPOLEY | STAFF records request to obtain the recommendation to the The Phi Delta Theta house sits at Columbia Terrace on UK’s campus. President Kyle Budde said the allegations against his fraternity are untrue. university.

Camping under the sun

Brain games may not help in long term By Anne Halliwell ahalliwell@kykernel.com

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PHOTOS BY ADAM PENNAVARIA | STAFF

Accounting freshman Ember Moran takes advantage of the warm weather Tuesday by studying at the ampitheater behind Memorial Hall.

Pre-pharmacy sophomore Meredith Baird relaxes in a hammock outside of W.T. Young Library on Tuesday.

any enjoyed the 74-degree weather and warm sun on Tuesday, as students camped out across campus with books and laptops. It was like a spring day; a light breeze drifted and some students took to lawn chairs and hammocks near their homes to savor the sunlight. The spring weather won’t last, however, and the temperatures will fluctuate as the week goes on.

Lumosity.com, a website that attempts to improve users’ cognitive abilities through targeted tests and exercises, bills itself as “the web’s most popular brain training program.” With nearly 50 million users and a web page full of glowing testimonies, one might conclude that there is a benefit to purchasing these types of programs. But that may not be the case, said assistant professor Erin Abner of the UK SandersBrown Center on Aging. Current research shows that while the tests may increase capability in one specific area, those gains are rarely generalized, she said. Abner referenced a study on advanced cognitive training for independent and vital elderly, in which participants of an average age of 82 years underwent six weeks of randomized training to target reasoning, memory or cognitive speed, according to the study published in January 2014. Over the next 10 years, each study group showed improvements in the area that they had studied, with the reasoning and speed groups maintaining their improvement for the entire period. “What we generally find in the research is that while people ... get better at the things they are learning … it doesn’t really translate to other areas,” Abner said. According to “Is Working Memory Training Effective? A Meta-Analytic Review,” by Monica Melby-Lervag of the University of Oslo, few programs are able to significantly and permanently increase memory function across the board. “The authors conclude that memory training programs appear to produce short-term, specific training effects,” Melby-Lervag wrote. In the long run, students who are concerned about cognitive decline probably won’t see much improvement from sites like Lumosity, Abner said. Although she said that brain-training games won’t hurt anyone, Abner suggested another way of improving one’s brain and See LUMOSITY on page 2

What is John Calipari’s mysterious ‘tweak?’ Coach’s last-ditch change sparks endless possibilities DAVID SCHUH

Kernel columnist

UK head coach John Calipari implemented a “tweak” in practice Monday, something he said changed everything about his team before the SEC Tournament. This mysterious change altered the whole mentality of the team, Calipari said, although he did all he could to sidestep any mention of specifics. The silence went all the way to the players, who dodged questions about what will be different on Friday. But let’s make some predictions. Here are four options

for Calipari’s magical quick fix: 1. Dog cone collar: You know those cones that dogs wear when they can’t scratch? Calipari should have gotten one for freshman guard Andrew Harrison. He doesn’t have fleas, but Harrison has a nasty habit of putting his hands on his head in disgust at poor calls or his own poor performance. With this genius canine adaptation, the team morale would improve and all would be fixed. 2. LASIK eye surgery: The Cats have had some trouble shooting lately. They’ve also had some trouble passing. So, let’s fix it all with this groundbreaking vision repair surgery. With perfect eyesight, the basket will look crystal clear for the remainder of the season. Fur-

thermore, open teammates will appear like they never have before. Offensive perfection is bound to ensue. 3. Gene Hackman strategy: Hickory (Ind.) High School head coach Norman Dale put an interesting plan into place with his team in the 1986 movie “Hoosiers.” In order to get his team to play together, he wouldn’t allow them to shoot before the players made three passes. This old school approach would create better spacing and unselfish play. But in order to really mimic the Hickory High championship run, the Cats also need some hip-hugging shorts. Nobody wants that. 4. Muzzle for Coach Cal: Calipari needs to settle down every now and then. A muzzle for UK’s intense and vocal coach would put his

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UK head coach John Calipari talks with guard Andrew Harrison in the Cats’ win over Alabama on March 4. players at ease and let them just play. When Calipari was ejected from the Cats’ game at the University of South Carolina, the team surged back from 16 points down to almost win the game. Without Calipari’s relentless badgering,

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UK made a run. I’m not saying there’s a correlation there, but a little peace and quiet couldn’t hurt. These are just a few options for the magical late-season fix that Calipari thought of while sitting at his house

OPINIONS..............4 SPORTS................2,3 SUDOKU.................3

on Sunday night. It sounds drastic, but I guess we’ll find out on Friday in Atlanta. In the meantime, remember this list. One of them is bound to carry the Cats all the way to the national championship.


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No. 20 Cats struggle offensively, fall to No. 16 Indiana Hoosiers UK looks to bounce back against Northern Kentucky on Wednesday

In a Top-25 matchup Tuesday, Indiana University defeated UK, 7-2, in Bloomington, Ind. No. 20 UK (13-4) struggled to recreate the same offensive magic it displayed against Ball State University in its record-setting series last weekend. The Cats could not solve Indiana junior pitcher Kyle Hart (2-1), who tossed eight innings, allowing five hits and two runs. No. 16 Indiana (8-6) jumped to a quick lead in the bottom of the first inning, scoring two runs. The Hoosiers scored two more runs in the bottom of the fourth and one in the fifth. The Cats struggled to find hits early, getting on base once in the first four innings. Junior third baseman Max Kuhn ended the scoreless drought in the top of the fourth, hitting a solo home run to cut the Indiana lead to 2-1.

Junior outfielder Austin Cousino doubled down the left-field line in the fifth inning, plating a run. Indiana answered later in the fifth inning and then put the game away in a two-run eighth inning. Indiana junior catcher Kyle Schwarber led the way for the Hoosiers with two hits, three runs and one home run. The loss ended an 18game hitting streak for junior first baseman A.J. Reed and sophomore outfielder Kyle Barrett. Sophomore pitcher Dylan Dwyer (1-1) pitched 7.1 innings, allowing five hits and seven runs. The win was the Hoosiers’ first win in the series in four seasons. UK will return to action on Wednesday against Northern Kentucky University at Cliff Hagan Stadium. UK faces a Northern Kentucky team that has lost its last four games, and has

PHOTO BY MICHAEL REAVES | STAFF

Sophomore Dylan Dwyer throws a pitch at Cliff Hagan Stadium on Tuesday, February 25. not beat the Cats in series history. UK leads the series, 9-0, with the last meeting coming in 2005. After a series loss to Loyola Marymount University over the weekend, the Norse (3-11) will face a UK team that has scored 60 runs in the

last four games. NKU’s opponents are averaging 83 more runs than the Norse, and hitting .342. NKU is batting .255 with 122 hits and 53 runs. STAFF REPORT

Analytics put golf in a different light By Frank Seravalli Philadelphia Daily News (MCT)

BOSTON — If you’ve spent enough time around a golf course in your life, you have invariably heard the phrase: “You drive for show but putt for dough.” Anyone who has threeputted in an important match can sympathize with the phrase coined in the 1940s by four-time British Open winner Bobby Locke. Nearly 70 years later, golf has evolved in such a way that we now know that simply counting putts is not a true measure of success. Tiger Woods’ swing coach, Sean Fo-

ley, shone a new light on golf’s emerging analytical approach last weekend at MIT’s Sloan Sports Analytics Conference with the help of Columbia professor Mark Broadie. In 2013, Brian Gay led the PGA Tour in fewest average putts per round at 27.5. The tour average was 29. After one round, when Woods putted just 27 times on 18 holes, he called it “one of the worst putting rounds I’ve ever had.” He knew that he didn’t make a single putt in the round longer than six feet. In golf, a two-putt from 60 feet is a good result. A twoputt from six feet is a huge disappointment. Simply counting

doesn’t take into account the distance covered. To track his clients, Foley said he uses a statistic called “strokes gained.” Strokes gained are calculated relative to Tour average. For instance, the Tour average for an eight-foot putt is 1.50 strokes. So, if a player holes out from eight feet, he or she has gained 0.50 strokes on the field. This can be calculated from any distance and added together after each round, tournament or season to determine leaders. Broadie said the long game “explains about twothirds of the scoring.” Woods is considered the world’s best

golfer, but it’s not because he is the best putter. For his career, Woods gains 0.3 strokes on his competitors from driving, 0.7 strokes on approach shots (130 yards and in), 0.4 strokes on short game (inside 30 yards) and 0.2 strokes from putting. He has never ranked lower than fifth in strokes gained on approach shots in his career, using the PGA Tour’s shottracking software from CDW, an 11 million stroke database that measures every shot within one-foot accuracy and every putt within one-inch accuracy. As Foley said, “Distance is far more an indicator of success than accuracy.”

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‘Wide Angle’ exhibit now on display Art Museum features work of local, world-renowned photographers By Adrian Rudd news@kykernel.com

Amateur photographer and former UK agriculture professor Robert C. May left behind his collection of more than 200 photographs to the UK Art Museum. Several photographs are on display in the Singletary Center among other iconic pictures from the 19th the 20th centuries. The “Wide Angle: American Photographs & R.C. May Exhibitions” feature 70 works from UK’s collection of more than 1,300 photo-

graphs from local and worldrenowned photographers, including Ralph Eugene Meatyard and James Baker Hall. These photographers became prominent in the late 20th century alongside classic American photographer Ansel Adams, whose black and white landscapes are also featured in the exhibit. The museum has acquired its collection through donations and by purchasing pieces through funds from Robert C. May, the Gaines Challenge Fund and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the

Visual Arts. “It’s nice recognition by the Andy Warhol Foundation and especially an honor to get so many donations from Robert C. May,” said Janie Welker, curator of the exhibit. Welker designed the exhibit so that a variety of photos are displayed. Works vary from black and white to color images, and subject matter is organized into portraiture, landscape and street photography sections. UK photography student Kindsey Bernhard enjoyed

the variety but especially liked the pieces in the portrait section. “My favorite photo was a portrait by Sandy Skoglund. It made me feel uncomfortable but at the same time I was intrigued because of the amount of work the artist put into the photograph,” Bernhard said. The Wide Angle exhibit will be displayed at the UK Art Museum in the Singletary Center until April 27. Admission is free and open to the public Tuesday-Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m., and on Friday from 12 to 8 p.m.

Go Green. Recycle this Kernel.

PHOTO BY WILL WRIGHT | STAFF

Mechanical engineering junior Brennen Mehl, left, and biology freshman Morgan Garrett tie dye T-shirts on the Student Center Patio on Tuesday. The event was hosted by the Student Activities Board.

Cumbess leads softball to victory Pitcher records 5th win this season in defeat of Marshall University

Junior pitcher Lauren Cumbess pitched a complete game to help UK defeat Marshall University, 6-2, in Huntington, W.Va., on Wednesday. Cumbess allowed two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts in earning her fifth win of the season. She was handed a lead immediately, as the Cats scored five runs in the first inning. UK had run-scoring singles by Cumbess — the designated hitter — and senior outfielders Emily Jolly and Emily Gaines in the inning. Marshall (6-15, 1-2 Conference USA) went through two pitchers before freshman Jordan Dixon righted the ship. Dixon pitched 6.1 innings, allowing one run on six hits. Cumbess kept the Thundering Herd at bay, save for Marshall’s two-run fourth

inning on a pair of run-scoring singles. UK (19-3, 2-1 SEC) added a run in the seventh inning after sophomore infielder Nikki Sagermann hit a double off the centerfield wall and scored following a wild pitch. Cumbess struck out two Marshall batters and forced a pop-out into foul territory to complete the win. Junior catcher Griffin Joiner, Cumbess and Jolly each went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Former UK pitcher and graduate assistant Chanda Bell faced the Cats for the first time as Marshall’s pitching coach. The Cats will travel to the University of Missouri this weekend for their second SEC series of the season. Friday’s series opener begins at 7:30 p.m. STAFF REPORT

from the front LUMOSITY Continued from page 1 staving off cognitive decline: higher education. Abner said that merely attending college is shown

to increase mental function and even boost IQ while schooling continues, which goes much further than targeted mental gymnastics. “You’re not really improving your intelligence,” Abner said. “You’re just getting better at the game.”

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Horoscope To get the advantage, check the day's rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries ( March 21-April 19) — Today is a 5 —A surge of power and energy accompanies Mars in Aries (until 4/20). Don't steamroll anyone with your feisty enthusiasm. Today and tomorrow seem lucky and playful. Keep it respectful, and play full out. Taurus ( April 20-May 20) — Today is a 5 —Attend to domestic projects today and tomorrow, with a surge of creative energy. Keep it manageable. Mars moves into Aries today (until 4/20), providing a power boost. Don't get sidetracked by an attractive distraction. Gemini ( May 21-June 20) — Today is a 7 —Graceful communications serve you well today and tomorrow. Ignore a rude remark. Keep track of all expenditures, and stick to your budget. Friends help move the ball forward, with extra energy (now that Mars is in Aries). Cancer ( June 21-July 22) — Today is an 8 —The most expensive choice isn't always the most beautiful. Today and tomorrow business booms, especially with

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Randle wins freshman of the year UK freshman forward Julius Randle was named SEC Freshman of the Year by the conference’s coaches, as freshman guard James Young and sophomore forward Willie Cauley-Stein received other conference accolades. Randle is the fifth consecutive UK freshman to receive the honor, joining DeMarcus Cousins, Terrence Jones, Anthony Davis and Nerlens Noel.

Randle, who also made the All-SEC First Team, is only the second Cat to average a double-double since Kenny Walker did it during the 1984-85 season (Davis, 2011-12). Young nabbed All-SEC Second Team as well as AllSEC Freshman Team honors, leading the team with seven 20-point efforts in the regular season. Young also recorded 67 3-pointers, the fourth most

SEC Honors: SEC Player of the Year: Scottie Wilbekin, Florida, senior guard SEC Coach of the Year: Billy Donovan, Florida SEC Freshman of the Year: Julius Randle, UK, freshman forward SEC Defensive Player of the Year: Patric Young, Florida, senior forward SEC Sixth Man of the Year: Dorian Finney-Smith, Florida, sophomore forward

by a first-year player in program history. Cauley-Stein was named to the All-SEC Defensive Team after recording 88 blocks on the season, the third-most in a single season in UK history. The Olathe, Kansas, native is the sixth player in the last five seasons to be named to the All-SEC Defensive Team. STAFF REPORT

All- SEC First Team: Trevor Releford: Alabama, senior guard Casey Prather: Florida, senior forward Scottie Wilbekin: Florida, senior guard Julius Randle: UK, freshman forward Johnny O’Bryant III: LSU, junior forward Jabari Brown: Missouri, junior guard Jordan McRae: Tennessee, senior guard Jarnell Stokes: Tennessee, junior forward

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Helping homeless, mentally ill should be the norm BROOKE HAMILTON

Kernel columnist

I’ve always considered myself an advocate for ending homelessness and erasing the negative stigma of mental illness. But last weekend as I was leaving Third Street Stuff and Coffee carrying my overpriced drink, a homeless man approached me – and I shied away.

The one thing I never thought I’d feel like is a hypocrite. To be completely honest, I was scared. As he approached me and asked me for money, it was my initial reaction to turn away and get into my car as quickly as I could. But that would be hypocritical. I had just spent $3 on a coffee that I surely didn’t need. All those times, I had advocated for the homeless through speech, college research papers and volunteering, and yet there I was — in the midst of a situation so

many face — and I was choosing to be cold. It’s not my job to try to fix their problems or to try to change their life, but it is my job to be nice to others. I see a lot of people that are angry with homeless people, saying, “they’re just drug addicts,” or, “they’re just lazy!” But that’s a person who deserves respect. At the very least, they deserve kindness. And it all starts with changing our attitude. Instead of treating the homeless like worthless pariahs who we ignore and speed past on the street, why

don’t we just be nice? According to the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty’s 2013 study, 66 percent of homeless people have problems with mental illness, alcohol or drug abuse. Additionally, one in 20 Americans lived with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression, according to mentalhealth.gov. Mental illness, drug addiction and alcoholism are legitimate medical issues that all lead to homelessness, and the negative stig-

ma associated with these issues needs to change. It is often mistakenly assumed that drug abusers lack moral principles or willpower, and that they could stop using drugs by simply choosing to change their behavior. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes more than good intentions and a strong will. Once we change our attitudes about these diseases and the people that have them, we can work toward ending homelessness. No one would ever choose to be

addicted to drugs or alcohol. If we are all products of our environment, how can we place blame on the individual? As sad as it is, people are often the rule and rarely the exception. We all have the capacity to be nice. Helping homeless people doesn’t make you a good person. It should make you a normal person. Life is difficult enough. We should all be on each other’s team. Brooke Hamilton is a journalism freshman. Email opinions@ kykernel.com.

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Suspected CIA breach of intelligence raises concerns Search may have violated separation of powers principles By David Lightman and Sean Cockerham McClatchy Washington Bureau (MCT)

WASHINGTON — Sen. Dianne Feinstein jolted her colleagues Tuesday with her charge that the CIA may have violated the Constitution by monitoring her committee’s computers. The chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, in a dramatic Senate floor speech, said that the CIA’s searches of committee records may have violated separation of powers principles. Lawmakers look to the California Democrat for guidance on intelligence matters. “Sen. Feinstein is a pretty cool person,” said Sen.

Ben Cardin, D-Md. “She normally tries to stay out of the limelight, so a speech like that is getting serious attention.” Feinstein charged Tuesday that the CIA may have violated the Constitution by secretly infiltrating computers used by her staff to assemble a scathing report on the spy agency’s now-defunct detention and interrogation program. “The CIA just went and searched the committee’s computers,” Feinstein said. Republicans on the Intelligence Committee, though, did not back up Feinstein’s allegations. Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss, the top Republican on the panel, told reporters that “we don’t

know what the facts are,” and he said the committee needs to figure out internally what happened. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, indicated the matter is far

The CIA just went and searched the committee’s computers.” SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence chairwoman

from settled. “We’re having some hearings on that,” Risch said as he walked into a closed Intelligence Committee meeting.

Missing Malaysian plane defies search technology Size of crew could lead to further confusion By W.J. Hennigan and Jule Makinen Los Angeles Times (MCT)

BEIJING — Despite a wealth of technology, crews trying to find the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner must cover a large swath of the South China Sea that varies widely in depth and is subject to fast-moving currents that could carry debris more than 50 miles a day, experts say. The search for the missing Boeing 777 off the southern coast of Vietnam had yielded nothing by early Tuesday. Malaysian and Vietnamese authorities said they had yet to find anything linked to the airliner that carried 239 passengers and crew, and that the search area was being expanded and the operation “intensified.” Experts said wreckage could be sitting in water as shallow as 300 feet or as deep as 3,000 feet or more, where the ocean is pitch-black and the temperature is as low as 40 degrees. GPS signals are not effective in saltwater and acoustic signals sent from the plane’s emergency beacon could be faint. “Shallow doesn’t necessarily mean easy,” said David Gallo, who managed search expeditions for Air France Flight 447 that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009. “I can tell you, having been out there … on a number of occasions, that the ocean becomes a big place when you’re looking for an aircraft,” he said. The last known point of radar contact with the Boeing 777 was midway between Malaysia’s east coast and the southern tip of Vietnam. Search crews from 10 countries are scouring 10,500 square miles, including the Gulf of Thailand. The first step involves

sending crews to a likely impact point, where they lower listening devices into the ocean and attempt to pick up the signals from a device called a “pinger” attached to the plane’s two black boxes. Battery life of the devices is about 30 days. Gallo, director of special operations at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, said the device was not likely to work as well in shallow water where noise from ships could drown it out.

A search is like a symphony. You need all the members on the team to play the right notes at the same time.” DAVID GALLO

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution director of special operations

Search crews are probably “plowing” the ocean floor with sonar, he said, and having that many people involved in the hunt could lead to confusion. “A search is like a symphony,” he said. “You need all the members on the team to play the right notes at the same time.” It took searchers five days to find wreckage of the Air France flight and two years to retrieve its black boxes from a depth of about 13,000 feet. Modern planes, such as the Malaysia Airlines jet that dropped off radar screens Saturday, have technologies that help personnel on the ground learn where the plane is and how it is operating. When the Air France plane went down, it sent out a series of automated messages about

Republicans who aren’t on the sensitive intelligence panel were more forceful. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said an independent investigation might be needed. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., rejected that suggestion.

abnormalities to Air France’s maintenance department in the minutes before the crash. The initial event was the simultaneous failure of three sensors that determine airspeed. The most crucial data about the flight, however, stay on the plane. Two black boxes record flight data and the voices of the pilots. Debris from the Malaysia Airlines plane could have been pushed miles from the impact point already by wind and ocean currents. R. Kipp Shearman, an Oregon State University associate professor who studies currents in the South China Sea, said the ocean in the probable crash area was influenced by monsoons and currents that can push floating debris 50 nautical miles in a day. “March is a period of transition, so the flows can be unpredictable,” he said. With no physical evidence from the aircraft, attention was focused on the fact that two passengers had used stolen passports, one Italian, one Austrian, to board the plane. Malaysian authorities, who said earlier that they had closed-circuit video recordings of the passengers, revealed Monday that they had identified one of the two men who used the passports. “I can confirm that he is not a Malaysian, but cannot divulge which country he is from yet,” Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar told the Star, a major Malaysian newspaper. He added that the man was also not from Xinjiang, China — a northwestern province of the mainland that is home to minority Uighurs. Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, Malaysia’s civil aviation chief, said the two men were “not Asian-looking.” Tommy Yang and Nicole Liu of the Beijing bureau contributed to this report.

“We’re about 14 steps away from that,” Reid said. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell also urged patience.

“My understanding is there’s an investigation underway. And I’m not going to comment on an ongoing investigation,” the Kentucky senator said. “My view would be that I’m not yet prepared to comment on this investigation. We’re watching it very carefully.” Cardin argued it was up to President Barack Obama how to proceed. “He has to get involved,” Cardin said. “The CIA is accountable to the president of the United States. The president can get to the bottom of this.” There was widespread agreement that the search may have violated both federal law and the Constitution. Feinstein told the Senate that the CIA search “may well have violated the sepa-

ration of powers principles embodied in the United States Constitution, including the speech and debate clause.” Sen. Ron Wyden, DOre., an Intelligence Committee member, agreed, seeing “grave implications for the constitutional separation of powers.” He told reporters that “the government ought to be held accountable to the law.” Sen. Martin Heinrich, DN.M., said the CIA has attempted to threaten and intimidate the Intelligence Committee from doing its oversight work. Heinrich, who is a member of the committee, said Feinstein was setting the record straight “regarding the deeply disturbing events and indefensible judgment exhibited by the CIA.”

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