Sen. Diane Feinstein takes a stand against government spying

When it’s politicians like herself that are possibly being spied on by the CIA, of course.

One of our wise overlords is angry that one of their own would dare to spy on members of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Last month, she defended NSA warrantless surveillance on millions of innocent Americans. Apparently, this is different. It is necessary in order to maintain the security and glory of the American Empire. Isn’t our empire so glorious!

But don’t you dare think of listening in on my conversations!

Somewhere in Heaven, Geoffrey Chaucer is laughing. This is the best case of poetic justice since the The Wife of Bath’s Tale.

According to the Fox News article, Feinstein actually said the following:

“Based on what Director [John] Brennan has informed us, I have grave concerns that the CIA search may well have violated the separation of powers principles embodied in the United States Constitution including the Speech and Debate clause,” she said. “It may have undermined the constitutional framework essential to effective congressional oversight of intelligence activities or any other government function.”

Isn’t that rich? When it’s her rights that are possibly being violated, she’s indignant and demands explanations. But when ordinary Americans are spied on in ways that would have had the NKVD, Gestapo, SS, Stasi, the KGB and all the King’s men taking notes, we are told it’s for our own good, citizens.

This is about as selective an outrage as you are going to get.

But why should this surprise us? The title “public servant” is a Soviet-esque term that sugarcoats an ugly truth – our “elected” officials are anything but servants in how they behave and the double standards they hold themselves to compared to commoners like ourselves.

Senators are America’s version of the House of Lords, possessing that distinct and arrogant sense of superiority that comes with inherited wealth, without a shred of noble character to go with it.

At the risk of stating the obvious, there is no way a libertarian anarchist society would allow this. No one is above the law, and no one exercises authority over other people they do not consent to. The American people did not consent to being spied on, and plenty of Californians don’t consent to having someone like Feinstein chip away at their civil liberties then shriek like a harpy when the same thing happens to her.

I’ll tell you what, senator. You don’t spy on us, and no one will spy on you. Sound fair?

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