In reality, either the CIA and NSA are following orders from the president, or they’ve gone rogue in a way that makes Watergate look like a parking infraction. Yet Sen. Feinstein and her fellow Democrats stop short of connecting those dots and demanding the man in charge answer those accusations.
Why? Partisan politics, of course.
Even MSNBC’s Chuck Todd asked White House Spokesman Jay Carney about it, saying, “…is the administration not troubled -- this is not Darrell Issa making this allegation; this is Dianne Feinstein, Mark Udall, Patrick Leahy, Harry Reid all taking to the Senate floor, making this allegation about the CIA. Is the President even troubled by the allegation?” (Emphasis added.)
Carney, of course, claimed he could not address this because of an ongoing investigation – the same response he uses for all these corruption and abuse-of- power stories. After one more, “This is not Darrell Issa; this is not some partisan hit,” Carney brushed it off again and moved on.
If we had an honest media, this matter would be in 50-point type above the fold in every newspaper in the country and lead every nightly newscast. But we have a media that feigned outrage over the administration tapping the phones of 20 Associated Press reporters for a week or two, then dropped the matter as though it never happened. That the White House is treating members of Congress, even those of the president’s party, the same way only makes them feel like part of the club. You only hurt the ones you love, right?
It’s cliché, but no less true, to say at this point that being a Democrat trumps everything in modern politics, even spying on other Democrats. You’d think President George W. Bush personally ordered the actions of low-level military prison guards on the other side of the planet and personally cut off the fingers of everyone at Gitmo by the way Democrats reacted to those stories. He was president, therefore he was responsible.
In reality, bored guards acted stupidly of their own volition and three, count ‘em – three – terrorists had water poured up their noses. Yet Democrats and the media portrayed Abu Ghraib and waterboarding as earth-shattering revelations worthy of non-stop investigations and wild speculation.
Conversely, Barack Obama’s administration has weaponized the IRS against political opponents, forced the sale of guns to Mexican drug cartels without any supervision, engaged in mass surveillance of every American, tapped journalists’ phones and email, and now spied on Members of Congress charged with overseeing the actions of intelligence agencies … and what’s the top story of the week? The disappearance of a plane in Asia. Tragic? Yes. Newsworthy? Certainly. More important than the executive branch spying on the legislative branch? Hell no!
That the Democrats who leveled the charges against the CIA won’t hold the CIA’s boss responsible on any level is the most disturbing part of this whole affair. Decrying the abuse of power only when you are the target of it is bad enough. But when the charge comes from a member of the party that cheers and actively enables these abuses the whole thing has a bit of Frankenstein’s monster irony to it.
Unfortunately, while Feinstein grapples with her monster, we’re left to deal with the monster the American people created by empowering Democrats, who, in turn, ceded untold power to a president all too eager to circumvent Congress and rule by decree. None of this mattered to Democrats until – as is always the case when someone amasses too much power – the power turned on them. But so fierce is their loyalty to the progressive agenda, even that outrage is muted and walled off from the real perpetrator.
If the reins are not pulled, if that balance of power is not restored, this president, or the next, or the one after that, eventually, will be emboldened to the point of no return. If the separate branches of government are not restored to being co-equal they will drift further toward a master and servant state. At which point our liberty, now slip sliding away, will be but a distant memory.