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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The CIA And Dianne Feinstein

It takes a lot to get Senator Feinstein upset with the intelligence "community".  Spying on her apparently did the trick.  Obama is apparently stuck between Feinstein and Brennan, but I don't see why.

I get that Obama is an "above the fray" type of leader; he's not going to react to every glitch and every headline.

But he ran quite pointedly against the Bush torture regimen in 2008.  He very much disappointed his base by not pursuing prosecutions against those responsible for bringing into being this national disgrace.  I would guess every Democrat in the country (do we still count Lieberman as a Democrat?) wanted to see Dick Cheney in the stocks.

Ending it was not enough.  There should have been a reckoning.

(In fact, Obama's refusal to throw a few banksters in jail also didn't work either, as they are still jobbing the economy to their benefit and hate him more than ever, despite the bull market.)

Now, we have what appears to be a clear-cut case of the CIA engaged in illegal activities on American soil against the US Freaking Congress.

Obama now has an opportunity to clean house.  He doesn't have to worry about re-election and doing something on this requires not an iota of assistance from the recalcitrant House.

It is time America had a reckoning for its torture regime.  Bin Laden is dead.  Al Qaeda is scattered and ineffectual.  The CIA has engaged in criminal obstruction of justice and domestic spying.

Clean house, Mr. President.  Now is the time, and this is the opportunity.

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