Monday, March 17, 2014

What's good for the goose ain't good for the gander

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) was morally outraged when news broke that the CIA had been monitoring the work of Intelligence Committee staffers on an off-site computer system set up for the committee to do its work overseeing the intelligence agency.

She decried one branch of the government snooping on another branch. She warned of violations of the separation of powers. She said the actions of the CIA were unconstitutional.

But this is the same Dianne Feinstein who argued that Edward Snowden wasn't a whistle blower. In fact after the news broke of how the NSA spied on American citizens, collected meta data from telephone and e-mail communications and monitored web searches, she defended the agency's motives and actions.

Ms. Feinstein has drawn her line in the sand. It's okay for the government to make a continued mockery of the 4th Amendment by conducting unauthorized searches of our private data, but they sure as hell better keep their hands off Congress' computers and telephones.

Moral outrage indeed. How about hypocrisy?

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