When it comes to defiance of the NSA Stasi the U.S. Congress is not the place where one would expect to find either an abundance of principled representation nor much of a supply of backbones. While there have been a few outliers who have demanded that Obama’s surveillance machine be brought under control those such as Representative Justin Amash, USA Patriot Act creator Representative James Sensenbrenner and Senator Patrick Leahy for instance they are a minority who will ultimately be crushed by the machine as it goes back on offense. The U.S. Congress is the largest collection of corrupt miscreants, quislings, perverts, charlatans, opportunists, hucksters, half-wits, knuckle-draggers, warmongers, gangsters, on the take defacto corporate lobbyists, chiselers, con artists and assorted swine on the face of God’s green Earth. The defenders of the criminals in high places using the surveillance machine for blackmail, industrial espionage, money laundering and even more nasty bits of business are coming together in defense of their own asses and a career of suckling at the public teat while never having to worry about getting a real job. So it is quite something when an actual question of validity is asked for NSA officials on their disembowelment of civil liberties and privacy rights. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders just did this when he in a letter asked whether the NSA has been spying on Congress as a part of their “collect it all” drive for global eradication of privacy and the coming roundup of dissenters.
The simple answer, although you couldn’t beat it out of the scum running the show at Fort Meade, in Bluffdale Utah,San Antonio and D.C. is yes of course they are -at least on an unknown number of certain members not named Mike Rogers or Dianne Feinstein. However they will continue to fib, obfuscate, dodge, prevaricate, engage in selective recall techniques and trot out armies of legal eagles to bury the truth under a pile of weasel words all while they are fully enabled by the heads of the Intelligence Committees of both houses whose only purpose for their lofty positions is to prevent the billion dollar surveillance business and all of its accompanying revenue streams from ever being made to answer truthfully. It is pretty damned shameless when two days after a terrorist appeasing degenerate like Peter King (R-IRA) denounces the New York Times as terrorist appeasers for daring to suggest that former government contractor turned heroic whistleblower Edward Snowden be given clemency for exposing the blatant criminal actions of those in high places that the legal counsel to the perjurer James Clapper at ODNI comes out and has the stones to deny that the bastard lied in the first place. The culprit is one Robert Litt, the general counsel to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (the Clapper) who has sent a written rebuttal to the New York Times (which should immediately be fed into the nearest shredder) offering up an excuse for the perjury. Now there is some chutzpah!
The knives for Sanders are already being sharpened for tomorrow morning's Sunday edition of the two-minute hate, you see Bernie Sanders is a - GASP -socialist and not only is he one but he is open about it. Rather than have any sort of a serious discussion about surveillance of elected officials there will be no answering of this very important question because Senator Sanders will be buried under an avalanche of horseshit as the state-corporate media will see to it that he is crucified upon a hammer and sickle. That much is as certain as the sun coming up in the morning and given the dismal quality of lunatics in charge of the government probably even more so. Senator Sander’s socialism only allows for the state-corporate media smear machine to more easily dismiss him as a crank, much as they did to Ron Paul and currently Senator Rand Paul, another NSA and PNAC global dominance critic. Best to not assist the payroll propagandists with cutting our own throats, the strategy of divide and conquer is as old as it is effective.
While Senator Sanders' socialism probably doesn’t sit well with a good many libertarians, paleoconservatives and those of differing philosophies when it comes to economic systems it should be clearly understood by all that in the current, corrupt authoritarian system that the government blade swings both left and right. Put into layman's terms it makes no difference to the corrupt operatives of the authoritarian state whose heads will be lopped off first because if you oppose it you are already in the database and your punishment has been preordained.
It is wise to recall the words of Pastor Martin Niemöller who was present in Germany in the 1930's during the rise of another authoritarian regime with a passion for surveillance:
When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I was not a Jew.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.
It is truly imperative for all Americans who are cognizant of the danger of the immense power imbued in the rogue government to put aside philosophical differences and unite against Leviathan. I have long been an advocate for a progressive-libertarian alliance against fascism and this also includes socialists, most of whom have an intense desire to eliminate the ability of the government to destroy the lives of its citizens through constitutional revisionism, secret courts, paramilitary police and most of all a vast and monstrous surveillance machine that grows increasingly powerful by the day. The most important duty of all for patriotic Americans today - one which will ultimately affect the lives of future generations yet unborn - is to stamp out fascism and that starts with bringing the surveillance colossus down and restrained by the Constitution.