NSA Spying on Citizens Good, CIA Spying on Government Bad
It wasn’t too long ago that California Senator Dianne Feinstein defended the NSA’s program of spying on American citizens. Amazingly, at the time, she said that the data collection program kept the country safe while not trampling on civil liberties. (http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-feinstein-nsa-foreign-policy-20140219,0,7661713.story#axzz2vl44tgLH)
Really? It doesn’t trample on our right to privacy?
Feinstein is one of a growing number of people who believe that if the right is not listed in the Bill of Rights, it doesn’t exist, despite the fact that the Ninth Amendment says that not just because a right is not enumerated in the Constitution, it does not mean it doesn’t exist.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
While there is certainly a need for intelligence gathering, must it be done at the expense of our civil liberties?
There is, and always will be, a faction who wants greater security, to be protected. Back in the days of the Revolution, they took the form of the Tories, or Loyalists. They remained loyal to the King because they wanted what they felt was greater security. They felt, like most of today’s liberals feel about people who are talking of over the government today, that the patriots could never overcome Britain’s might and would fail, and ultimately be hung for treason.
But when you give in and start trading your rights and liberties for security, you open the door for tyranny. A few more of your rights are stripped away, but due to spying and invasions of your privacy, the government rounds up thousand more prisoners, not for crimes they committed, but plotting against the state, crimes they may not have committed, crimes they are suspected that they may commit. Certainly, you will be safer, but at the price of no longer being able to say what you want, or think what you want. (http://www.infowars.com/facial-recognition-glasses-to-stop-crime-before-it-happens/)
Enter the CIA.
We have been told repeatedly that the CIA’s charter does not allow them to operate on American soil, despite claims by some that they are, indeed, working within our own borders. (http://www.antipasministries.com/html/file0000062.htm)
Now a brouhaha has erupted between Feinstein and the CIA. She is claiming that the CIA has been “secretly removing documents, searching computers used by the committee and attempting to intimidate congressional investigators by requesting an FBI inquiry of their conduct…”
Well now. Isn’t that special?
What happened to the need for intelligence?
Is it ironic that Mrs. Feinstein is the head of the Intelligence Committee?
Please explain to me why it is okay for the NSA to spy on the average American citizen, but not okay for the CIA to spy on Congress.
The whole thing revolves around an apparent report that the Intelligence Committee is preparing that will expose the CIA’s uses of waterboarding and other “torture” techniques in overseas prisons.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but if the Senate has oversight of this agency, couldn’t they, shouldn’t they have put an end to those practices long ago?
Here’s what I find hysterically funny.
Feinstein, who has been a staunch supporter of other CIA programs including its drone campaign, said the agency may have violated Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches, as well as laws against domestic surveillance.
So, now the government is protected by the Fourth Amendment, while we are subjected to inspection, invasive searches and groping by TSA personnel if we want to board an airplane, a gross violation of our Fourth Amendment rights, and Feinstein, one of the leading Senators in the crusade to remove our Second Amendment rights, is applying the Fourth Amendment to the Senate?
The CIA is now bringing the FBI in on it. I’m not exactly sure why, but it seems to be because Senate staffers made hard copies of some of the CIA files.
Now, a government agency, which is subservient to Congress, is now at war with Congress.
Get some popcorn. This could be fun to watch.
If it wasn’t so pathetic.