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The first congressman to battle the NSA is dead. No-one noticed, no-one cares. | PandoDaily
by Decius at 2:11 pm EST, Jan 5, 2015

What Pike and Church were uncovering turned out to be something much darker and harder to process than Watergate. With Watergate, there was a simpler narrative that reaffirmed America’s own fairytales about itself: Here was a bad apple, Nixon, and a few bad apples around him, eventually exposed and overthrown by the good guys—the valiant press, the politicians with integrity—proving that the American System worked after all.

But what the Pike Committee (and to a lesser extent the Church Committee) revealed was something much more systemic, much more complex and depressing to grapple with.

RE: The first congressman to battle the NSA is dead. No-one noticed, no-one cares. | PandoDaily
by noteworthy at 10:59 pm EST, Jan 5, 2015

Mark Ames, in February 2014:

Last month, former Congressman Otis Pike died, and no one seemed to notice or care.

N. R. Kleinfield at the New York Times, in January 2014:

Otis G. Pike, a longtime congressman from New York who spearheaded an inquiry in the 1970s into accusations that the intelligence establishment had abused its power, died on Monday in Vero Beach, Fla. He was 92.

Matt Schudel at the Washington Post, in January 2014:

Otis G. Pike, a nine-term New York congressman who was a persistent critic of Pentagon overspending and led one of the first congressional investigations of abuses by U.S. intelligence agencies, died Jan. 20 at a hospice in Vero Beach, Fla. He was 92.

Hugo Teufel III, via Ben Wittes at Lawfare, in January 2014:

The New York Times reports today that former Representative Otis G. Pike died yesterday, January 20, 2014, in Vero Beach, Florida. He was 92. In 1975-76, Pike chaired the House Select Committee on Intelligence, also known as the Pike Committee.

Karl Grossman at The Huffington Post, in January 2014:

Pike, who died last week at 92, was the greatest member of Congress from Long Island I have known in 52 years as a journalist based on the island. He was simply extraordinary.

He was able to win, over and over again as a Democrat in a district far more Republican than it is now. His communications to constituents were a wonder­fully constant flow of personal letters. As a speaker he was magnificent­ and eloquent -- and what a sense of humor! Indeed, each campaign he would write and sing a funny song, accompanying himself on a ukulele or banjo, about his opponent. He worked tirelessly and creatively for his eastern Long Island district.

Lily Rothman at Time Magazine, in December 2014:

Since the very first issue of TIME, the Milestones section has marked important moments of the week and celebrated the lives of those who died recently. Staffers, critics and those who knew the late, great figures share what made those people special. Here are a few of 2014's most notable Milestones obituaries for the people who defined the political shape of our world.

Nate Rawlings on Otis Pike: "As head of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, he spearheaded the first congressional examination of secret dealings by the CIA, including illegal spying on Americans at home. During the combative hearings, Pike was 'the model of a properly pugnacious public servant,' TIME wrote, 'sharp-tongued and not easily intimidated.'"

Read the full remembrance here

Chris Weigant at The Huffington Post, in December 2014:

Welcome back to our annual year-end awards column. Here is our serious and solemn list of who we'll be missing in the future: ... Otis Pike

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