Former Judge: Obama’s Spying on Congress is a “Game Changer”
Recently, we reported a bombshell new story that details how the CIA spied on Congress during a committee investigation, and there were hints from legislators that Obama even knew about the spying while it was going on.
Then it was revealed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, that Obama had even ordered the CIA to hack into the computers of staffers working on an Intelligence Committee report. Even the liberals at MSNBC were up in arms over this egregious constitutional violation, saying that this is “death of the Republic stuff.”
Judge Andrew Napolitano agrees, writing in the Washington Examiner to warn that a government which is secretive is also unaccountable:
Any other persons who did this would be indicted for hacking. Because all of this is so secret, we don’t know whether the Department of Justice is looking into who broke what laws.
We do know, though, that like its cousin, the NSA, the CIA often acts above the law. It does so knowing that indictments for torturing, destroying evidence or computer hacking are unlikely, as any trial would expose the depths of this skullduggery, the unconstitutional system of mini-Congresses and the secrets these employees are trying to keep from their employers — the American people.
In a democracy, the government must be accountable to the people it serves. Secrecy and accountability are enemies. The natural right to know what the government is doing means that secrecy must be severely and aggressively minimized.
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A Congress that rubber-stamps what secret agents want it to do by a secret procedure is a dangerous mix that will impair personal liberty in a free society.
Appearing on Fox News, Napolitano noted that historically, Sen. Feinstein has been one of the most supportive senators of the intelligence community. For her to come out on the Senate floor to reveal CIA secrets about spying on Congress he said was a“game changer” in the relationship between Congress and intelligence agencies.
While we do need some level of secrecy in order to protect things like troop movements which are crucial for national security, Judge Nap is correct to say that things have gone overboard in recent years, especially after 9/11. If we don’t wake up, we’ll soon look up and see that our country has become a police state. As Toqueville writes, tyranny is creeping and quiet, and if we don’t pay attention, we’ll be subject to outright despotism.
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