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Ego trumps principle: Sen. Feinstein Finally Goes after the CIA, but not for Lying to and Spying on US

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By Dave Lindorff

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Of all the people to come to the rescue of the Constitution, who would have thought it would be Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA).

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Feinstein, after all, as head of the Senate Intelligence Committee since 2009, has yet to see an NSA violation of the Constitution, an invasive spying program or a creative "re-interpretation" of the law that she hasn't applauded as being lawful and "needed" to "keep people safe."

Feinstein, too, was one of the first to fly into paroxysms of outrage at National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, absurdly condemning him for being a "traitor," though she surely knows that the Constitution very narrowly defines treason as "levying war" against the US, or providing "aid and comfort to the enemy." As Snowden surely did not "levy war" against anyone but perhaps the NSA, and even according to the government did not provide any information to America's "enemies" (whoever that may be in today's unipolar world, while he may have "stolen" NSA information, he didn't by any stretch, commit "treason."

Feinstein, lastly, in her position as chair of the Senate Military Construction and Appropriations Subcommittee,grew rich thanks to military contracts directed to her husband, private equity and real-estate tycoon Richard Blum. (It wasn't just military contracts either. He also managed to get to get the contract to manage the private sale of all the Postal Service properties being unloaded in tCongress's ongoing dismantling of the national mail system.)

That is to say, this is a woman who clearly puts herself and her need for money (she's reportedly worth over $80 million, though for most of her life she has done nothing but work as a salaried politician) first and the needs of her country somewhere way down near the floor. (Maybe that's why she can't understand Snowden, who put his life on the line for a principle, and not for personal gain -- something that's probably beyond Feinstein's comprehension.)

And yet after years of CIA criminality, including torture of terror suspects, even those against whom there was no evidence, lying to Congress, and manufacturing of evidence that led to the disastrous and criminal invasion of Iraq -- for all which there were no consequences in the Congress or in her Senate committee -- it was Sen. Feinstein who finally called out the CIA for spying and lying.

We'd be excused, I presume, for pointing out that there is an element of self-interest here, or at least of wounded ego. While her surprise address in the well of the Senate earlier this week denouncing the Agency did refer in high-minded terms to the CIA's having "possibly" violated the Fourth Amendment with its proscription against warrantless searches and seizures, and of its having trashed the concept of Congressional oversight and the sacred concept of tripartite government, it is really a matter of her own ego that was stepped on that set her off. ..

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For the rest of this article by DAVE LINDORFF in ThisCantBeHappening!, the new uncompromising four-time Project Censored Award-winning online alternative newspaper, please go to: www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/2189

 

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