Two top Senate leaders declared Tuesday that the CIA’s recent conduct has undermined the separation of powers as set out in the Constitution, setting the stage for a major battle to reassert the proper balance between the two branches.
Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), in a floor speech (transcript; video) that Judiciary Committee chair Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) immediately called the most important he had heard in his career, said the CIA had searched through computers belonging to staff members investigating the agency’s role in torturing detainees, and had then leveled false charges against her staff in an attempt to intimidate them.
Us: “Hey Congress, what do you have to say about the American Intelligence Community fundamentally violating the rights of every American Citizen? Essentially usurping their 1st, 4th, and 5th Amendment rights and rendering functionally moot their 2nd and 3rd?”
Us: “OK Congress, what if we showed you that they directly spied on you and your staff, hacked into your computers, and bugged the “secure” room they forced you to use while you conducted investigations into their well documented — yet classified — crimes?”
Congress: “Awww, hell no! Some motherf*cker’s gonna pay!!!”