Friday, August 1, 2014
The revelation of the CIA spying on Congress is not an isolated incident. In trying to explain the damage inflicted by the wrongdoing, the editors of the New York Times in today's paper state "It is all of Congress and, by extension, the American public, which is paying for an intelligence agency that does not seem to understand the most fundamental concept of separation of powers." I submit that it is not just the concept of separation of powers the agency ignores, but the constitution of our United States and its regard for such individual liberties as freedom of speech. The Times editorial discusses the "lawless culture that has festered within the C.I.A. since the moment it was encouraged by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney to torture suspects and then lie about it." The current situation is best epitomized by the prosecution and imprisonment of the only one in the entire government who told the truth to an unsuspecting public. His crime? Revealing that the CIA employed torture in interrogating subjects post-9-11. A great number of individuals, including our former president and veep and the CIA sheep that acted under their direction went unpunished for their crimes, while a CIA agent (John Kiriakou) exposed the illegal (and immoral) actions and in now sitting in prison for his heroic efforts. The recently released film,"Silenced," is a must-see for all American citizens to understand that CIA wrongdoing goes well beyond spying on Congress. The Snowden revelation that the NSA's routine screening of everything we do or say or write means that we are all at risk of being charged with serious crimes for the simple exercise of our basic rights. The next question; Will I be paid a visit or put on some secret 'traitor' list simply for writing these words? Wake up America. This is not some delusional, paranoid rant, but a realistic question based on fact, not fantasy.
Just saying . . .