The National Security Agency, clearly an Americanized of the old Russian KGB in its spying on citizens of the United States, is taking steps to crack down on leaks about its abuse of freedoms, the Constitution and the law.
But is the agency cutting back on spying on Americans?
Or course not.
And the agency that put the program into place without telling Congress said the secrecy was both intended and — in their cockeyed world of rationalization — necessary to make the program effective.
Telling the Congress what America’s intelligence apparatus was up to “would in fact have provided information to people who were seeking to avoid our surveillance,” claimed the general counsel to the White House Office of National Intelligence this week.
For obvious reasons, that is not setting well on Capitol Hill.
“Unless you realize you’ve got a problem, the phone records program is not going to be renewed,” says Congressman James Sensenbrenner, author of the legislation that the NSA claims gave it authority to start spying on Americans.
Sensenbrenner, of course, is a monumental hypocrite, since he sponsored the USA Patriot Act, the rights-robbing legislation that has allowed unprecedented invasion of the privacy of all Americans.
The act, passed by a shell-shocked Congress in the aftermath of 9/11, is an outright violation of basic American rights and was an insult to America. Anyone involved with the legislation should be outlawed from so-called public service.
Congress now claims it will crack down on abuse by the intelligence community but it was Congress that passed the law that is now being used by the spies to snoop on Americans.
“You’ve already violated the law as far as I am concerned,” Congressman John Conyers, told the intelligence officials at a hearing on Capitol Hill this week.
Interesting comment, since the law violated was one that Congress should have never put into place anyway.
There’s a lot of blame to go around in this latest revelation that America is acting like the repressive governments that we have fought and defeated in previous wars.
To paraphrase Shakespeare and Pogo, “we have met the enemy and they are us.”
And are we really going to do anything about it?
(Edited and changed at 12:03 p.m. on 7/19/2013)