Benjamin Franklin said “They who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” It is thus with some sadness that we read two very well written articles found in a rather unlikely website — TechDirt.
The article “Nancy Pelosi Admits That Congress Is Scared Of The CIA” should terrify anyone who knows anything about the CIA (even just the things that it has admitted doing).
Congress has the important job of providing oversight to the CIA, and yet the CIA has lied repeatedly to Congress. But it gets worse. Senator Dianne Feinstein, who is on the intelligence committee, spoke out because the CIA was spying on the people on that committee. There is also evidence that the CIA is blackmailing Congress. And former speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi admitted that Congress was afraid of the CIA because if you speak out against them “they come after you and they don’t always tell the truth.”
Which brings us to another article “Senate Republicans, Trying To Score Political Points, Claim Democrats Revealing Spying Scandal Puts Lives At Risk“, which to me provides evidence that backs up the accusations that the CIA is blackmailing Congress. Republican members of the intelligence committee responded by falsely saying that complaints by Democratic members of the intelligence committee about the CIA spying on Congress had put the lives of people in danger. Not only are they not the least bit worried that the CIA is has clandestine operations against the people whose job it is to oversee them, they seem to think that any limit on the CIA is bad. They are trading liberty for security.
What makes this even worse is that the Republican senator who defended the CIA against any oversight is the same person who would likely take over the intelligence committee if the Republicans take control of the senate.
So my question is, which is it? Does the CIA have something on these clowns, or are they just willing to say anything to score cheap political points against Democrats?
UPDATE: Former president Jimmy Carter believes that his private communications are being spied upon.