Libertarians have more than one reason to hate Dianne Feinstein, between her support of the assault weapons ban and standing with Lindsey Graham on limiting First Amendment rights for bloggers (and on and on). But thanks to the NSA spying on foreign leaders, we find ourselves on common ground.
Feinstein, the Senate Intelligence Committee chairman and historically huge supporter of the NSA, has changed her tune, stating yesterday that she is “totally opposed” to the NSA spying on US allies and calling Obama’s claimed ignorance to the US surveillance of German chancellor Angela Merkel a “big problem.”
I am skeptical that President Obama was blissfully unaware to the dubious dealings of the NSA, and frankly if he was, he likely should have kept that (embarrassing) information to himself. Nothing screams “weak leader” quite like a president who is circumvented in the major decisions of his/her administration. But regardless, the NSA has been at the center of all the best scandals of late, and now even the big government liberals have to admit that the Orwellian spying has gone way too far.
In her statement, Feinstein stated:
“It is abundantly clear that a total review of all intelligence programs is necessary so that members of the Senate Intelligence Committee are fully informed as to what is actually being carried out by the intelligence community.”
Feinstein’s change of heart is especially wonderful as she was in the process of introducing legislation that would protect the more contentious and contemptible activities of the NSA. So now, instead of pushing for protections, Feinstein has announced the intelligence committee “will initiate a review into all intelligence collection programs.”
Someone pinch me; I must be dreaming.
“We are really screwed now…you know things are bad when the few friends you’ve got disappear without a trace in the dead of night and leave no forwarding address.”
So sorry, NSA thug, but we are all far from feeling sorry for you—and we know you have access to all of our forwarding email addresses.
What prompted Feinstein’s sudden change of heart? Perhaps she was previously ill-informed to the ancillary actions of the NSA. Maybe she’s suddenly stumbled onto the importance of civil liberties and the right to privacy. But honestly, who cares? Regardless the motivating cause, fellow liberty lovers, the fact is that Feinstein is standing up against the grappling expansion of state power (if only in this one regard), and that is something to be celebrated.
Fusionists, just as we applaud Mitch McConnell when he forwards our general cause, so too must we put our hands together for the other side of the isle when they stand with us.
So here’s to a small step for civil liberties, and one giant leap for Dianne Feinstein.