California Democrat and chair of the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee Senator Dianne Feinstein alleged on the Senate floor Tuesday that the CIA had searched the committee’s computers. Feinstein even went so far as to say that the alleged search was potentially criminal and may have violated the Fourth Amendment.
But of course the Senator is wading deep into some pretty hypocritical waters. Until recently, Dianne Feinstein had been a staunch supporter of the NSA’s spying and has been quoted as saying she wants to “change, but preserve” the current metadata collection program.
Feinstein now has “grave concerns that the CIA’s search may well have violated the separation of powers principles embodied in the United States Constitution.” What a bunch of baloney.
The separation of powers principles that Dianne Feinstein fears are being “violated” by the CIA’s searches are at the very beginning of the US Constitution. And apparently Dianne never got around to reading the forth amendment which says “The right of the people to be secure … against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause … ”
Dianne Feinstein is a hypocrite. She has proposed legislation that would continue the collection of Americans’ “communication records like phone, email, and internet data […] without even an ounce of suspicion,” effectively destroying any notion of security from unreasonable searches and seizures.
In effect, Diane Feinstein believes that what’s good for the goose should be illegal for the gander. As long as the goose is the average American. And the gander is Congress.
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