From over on the Drudge Report, Matt Drudge stepped aside to his Twitter page to give a shout-out to California Senator Dianne Feinstein on March 11, 2014. Drudge tweeted, "Feinstein furious CIA has been spying on her and committee! Welcome to the club, lady." He seemed to be suggesting she wasn't alone in her government spying "pity party."
The Drudge Report featured Feinstein on the site yesterday, under a banner hyperlink headline which stated "Don't spy on me!" Matt Drudge's tweet was not focused on the bitter rivalry resulting in dual accusations between the Senate Intelligence Committee, chaired by Feinstein, and the CIA. Currently, that is a spat that has developed into a public melt-down of "Did not! Did too!"
The report by Washington Post, to which Drudge linked, summarized the story of how Feinstein had taken to the Senate floor to accuse the CIA of tapping into an independent computer network used by her committee to look into interrogation abuses. Among other details, from the transcript of her speech, provided by The Boston Globe, Feinstein, stated, "Besides the constitutional implications, the CIA’s search may also have violated the Fourth Amendment, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, as well as Executive Order 12333, which prohibits the CIA from conducting domestic searches or surveillance."
Response has been varied to Feinstein's accusation, many echoing Drudge's tweet. Today, according to NBC News, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden accused Sen. Dianne Feinstein of hypocrisy, "where an elected official does not care at all that the rights of millions of ordinary citizens are violated by our spies, but suddenly it's a scandal when a politician finds out the same thing happens to them."
On the other hand, Democrat Senator Harry Reid, according to the Washington Examiner, is seconding Feinstein's call for an apology from the CIA. At this point the Republican Senate is content to watch as the mystery of who-did-what perhaps may be unraveled by a investigation by the Justice Department. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says he's unwilling to comment until more is known.
Trying to determine the guilt between the two rival government entities may prove to be as challenging as a parent trying to referee children forced to share a back seat on a long road trip, with each tattling, "He's looking at me!" In real life, a parent might advise the children to ignore the "looks," and cease the "tattling." Apparently, Drudge is ignoring the complaint and focusing on the issue of government spying amid his confidence that he is joined by a majority of folks who are alarmed that spying on regular Americans continues.
Drudge has issued a call for action in an earlier tweet, when he shamed 'free people' for letting NSA spy on them. He wrote, "Only in a fading nation would it become where to store government spying on its citizens. Any free people would demand it stopped and destroyed!"
In a poll conducted by the Washington Post, 66 percent of Americans were found to have concerns "about the collection and use of [their] personal information by the National Security Agency (NSA)." Additionally, a recent Pew poll found a majority of Americans oppose the government's collection of phone and internet data as a part of anti-terrorism efforts. It's unlikely Feinstein will find any more sympathy from those sharing that sentiment than she did with Matt Drudge.
Feinstein followed up her speech with a tweet, urging folks to watch the video of her speech. Joshua @Quinfidel responded to the post on Feinstein's Twitter page, writing, "You can't cry about Fourth Amendment Violations while simultaneously supporting the NSA spying on law abiding citizens. " That, apparently, is the view of many outraged Americans.
Regarding Feinstein's outraged suspicions that her Fourth Amendment rights may have been violated, others are have suggested that Drudge's "Welcome to the club," is an appropriate response to a hypocritical "pity party."
Matt Drudge faults both Republicans and Democrats for a government spying, once asking, "Why would anyone vote Republican? Please give reason. Raised taxes; marching us off to war again; approved more NSA snooping. Who are they?"
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