In a classic case of the injurious treatment of one who enjoys the exalted status of being above the law and therefore free to operate with impunity Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman blew her stack on Tuesday morning. DiFi, who has served as the impenetrable firewall of cellulite standing between the NSA Stasi and efforts to bring it under control for a spree of unconstitutional mass surveillance and data-mining doesn’t like it quite so much when the shoe is on the other hoof. The CIA, arguably the foremost terrorist entity on the face of God’s green Earth since its inception in 1947 seems to have been caught trolling through committee computers for information relating to a suppressed report on the agency’s role in the torture programs that took place during the reign of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
With her chin trembling like so much pink JELL-O the pride of California erupted for the cameras on the Senate floor raging against the CIA for – and get this – violating the Fourth Amendment. Raging for the maximum effect DiFi bellowed “I have grave concerns that the CIA’s search may well have violated the separation of powers embodied in the Constitution”and that “Besides the Constitutional implications, the CIA’s search may also have violated the Forth Amendment, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, as well as Executive Order 12333 which prohibits the CIA from conductiong domestic searches or surveillance”. Now just let all of that sink in for just a moment.
First off, Senator Feinstein wouldn’t know the Constitution if it sneaked up behind here and bit her in the ass when you consider her ongoing protection of the surveillance/warfare state and the myriad of crimes that are committed by it every single day against the little people. Other than the reigning king of Michigan’s safely gerrymandered 8th Congressional district, the foaming at the mouth fascist Mike Rogers there has been no bigger defender of the unconstitutional spying on millions upon millions of law-abiding American citizens without bothering with that pesky Constitution in regards to obtaining warrants or for that matter recognizing probable cause. She has prevented any and all accountability for the menace from Fort Meade and has actually been working towards getting a bill passed that actually protects the power of the NSA to spy on everybody – except her of course. That she only manages to get up in arms when it is her own self and her own committee that are being spied on it is the utmost in hypocrisy. Not that anyone should ever bother to expect anything else from the rancid assembly of corrupt bitches and bastards who have occupied Congress, turned it into a money processing machine for corporate, military, big energy and foreign interests and feel that they are some sort of American royalty. Invoking the Constitution is laughable for the reigning queen of its violation.
Then there is the mention of that mysterious Executive Order 12333 put into place by Ronald Reagan. This is one document that certainly deserves scrutiny for it has been used as some sort of divine mandate to run roughshod over the civil liberties of everyone that Feinstein’s hallowed NSA is currently accumulating massive and all-inclusive electronic dossiers on to be stored in restricted buildings the size of football stadiums for some vague future use that at best will be used to set up a system based on Philip K. Dick’s “Pre-Crime” and at worst the equivalent of Gestapo style lists for apprehension, persecution and disappearing. This order if anything is the proverbial elephant in the room and the lid of secrecy must be pried off of the deep state sewer so that the American public can see exactly what sort of government malevolence has been spawned by it – that is what democracy is about is it not?
Despite the odious messenger it is good to see the CIA finally taking some well-deserved flak, I am sure that Obama’s hand-picked director John Brennan has been ecstatic with all of the attention being focused on the NSA while his own thugs are able to engage in their criminality out of the limelight. That is about to change because as of this morning the firestorm over Feinstein’s hissy fit continues and she is getting backing from the neocon beltway propaganda organ The Washington Post, notably in a column by Dana Milbank – allegedly another member of Skull and Bones, the elitist Yale secret society that Secretary of State John Kerry also belongs to. In the Milbank column which is entitled “Allegations of CIA spying on the Senate deserve investigation” I excerpt the following:
President Obama’s foes have been trying for years to uncover scandal in his administration. But the most damning allegation of wrongdoing was leveled on the Senate floor Tuesday morning — by a friend.
California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate intelligence committee, has been an ally of Obama and a staunch defender of the administration during the controversy over the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. So her credibility could not be questioned when she went public, reluctantly, to accuse Obama’s CIA of illegal and unconstitutional actions: violating the separation of powers by searching the committee’s computers and intimidating congressional staffers with bogus legal threats.
All of this was allegedly being done to keep quiet information about the CIA’s detention and interrogation programs during the George W. Bush administration. Feinstein said that the CIA’s actions may have violated the Constitution’s speech-and-debate clause and the Fourth Amendment, not to mention criminal law and the ban on domestic spying by the CIA.
This is a serious scandal alright and it isn’t only Obama’s presiding over a run amok national surveillance system that he has only further empowered through his inaction. There is also the inconvenient truth that he chose not to hold the Bush regime torturers and war criminals legally accountable for their actions post-September 11, 2001, many of them that should have the perpetrators and those who provided legal cover such as John Yoo who despite his interpretation of the law to include the chief executive’s right to order the crushing of a child’s testicles has landed an elite position in academia. We are an exceptional people in how we honor rather than punish our war criminals. Not that Obama broke any new ground with his ‘looking forward’ failure to punish or even bother to acknowledge the high crimes of his predecessor’s administration – Bubba Clinton let Poppy Bush and his minions slither away from their roles in Iran-Contra and Gerald Ford pardoned Richard M. Nixon.
The parade of bloviating ignoramuses that held their annual festival of the victimized at CPAC -where they railed against Barack Obama for basically bullshit – now have a real scandal on their plates if they choose to pursue it. This isn’t the futile tilting at windmills of trying to repeal Obamacare nor of trying to manufacture criminal complicity in the Benghazi disaster that resulted in the death of a US ambassador and others – they never had the street cred on this one anyway given their failure to hold Bush in any way accountable for 9/11 happening on his watch. They now however have Obama by the balls and have true bipartisan support for an investigation as long as DiFi’s outrage holds up, it is only a matter of whether they choose to give them a good hard squeeze.
Now is the time to impeach the bastard.