Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Feinstein's treasonous neutralization of the CIA

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.
The Congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason, but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture except during the life of the person attainted. ~ Article III, Section 3
How about ALL of America and the world witnessing?! But don't count on Congress holding her anymore accountable than her President.

$40 million over five years to hate America. If she can't have your guns, then you can't have your security...and Feinstein will instigate terrorists overseas with a tired argument to make certain of that! Of course, like too many in Washington, she nonetheless profits off of the strife. So in essence, the question isn't necessarily what purpose does this report serve, but who? And that's not too difficult to expand upon when the modern Democratic statist is all about party first, second and third. Politicize anything and everything. To hell with the country. Furthermore, the CIA is the remaining entity that must be crippled and controlled under Dear Leader's iron fist. What better way than to neutralize it with one final embittered, treasonous act before being forced out of the Senate Intelligence Committee chairmanship...
PowerLine: The risk that Feinstein’s report will prompt attacks on the U.S. should not be exaggerated. It’s been clear to the public for many years that the U.S. engaged in the interrogation techniques Feinstein and her Senate collaborators describe. The focus of her report is on trying to demonstrate that the tactics didn’t work and that the CIA lied about them.

Those who wish to attack U.S. interests don’t care about these issues. Indeed, they aren’t motivated to attack us by our former use of harsh interrogation techniques, any more than by videos about Islam. However, if Feinstein’s report serves as the pretext for an attack against us, that’s bad enough.

The most significant damage wrought by Feinstein, though, is the undermining of the CIA’s effectiveness. ...

In sum, Feinstein’s attack on the CIA presents both short term and long terms threats to our security, with the short term threat acknowledged by the White House. What are the offsetting benefits of her report? There are none.

...the debate is stale... one side says “enhanced interrogation”; the other side says “torture.” It’s the same tyranny of labels style argument we’ve endured for a decade. ...

By now, many Americans, unlikely to believe either side, will probably rely on their own intuition. In any event, because Feinstein failed to interview CIA personnel and failed to get a single Republican member of her committee on board, the issuance of her report will not advance the debate.

In the end, it’s difficult to see any public value in Feinstein’s report — much less, value that outweighs its potential harm. The value of the report is personal to Feinstein and some of her fellow Democrats. It furthers her vendetta against the CIA and provides a fig leaf with which to cover the complicity of Senate Democrats, including Feinstein, in the interrogation techniques that, after the fact, seem abhorrent to them.

For Feinstein, $40 million, long-term damage to the CIA, and the potential for deadly attacks on Americans overseas apparently are a small price to pay for this satisfaction.
And where some say the release of Feinstein's report is reckless...
WaPo: So the Feinstein report comes in the middle of a war, targeting many Americans who are still engaged in it. It is an act of exceptional congressional recklessness. ...

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the outgoing chair of the committee, was thought to be more responsible. But her legacy is a massive dump of intelligence details useful to the enemy in a time of war. And she knows the likely results. Secretary of State John Kerry expressed the concerns of allies about increased violence. A National Intelligence Council report warned of threats to embassies, installations and individuals, and explored how partners would react to the disclosure.

So why has Feinstein donned her Guy Fawkes mask? Tension with the CIA? Simple stubbornness? The main reason, I suspect, is different. Democrats who approved of enhanced interrogation at the time (such as Feinstein) must now construct an elaborate fantasy world in which they were not knowledgeable and supportive. They postulate a new reality in which they were innocent and deceived — requiring a conspiracy from three former CIA directors, three former deputy directors and hundreds of others.
...I don't think it's a stretch to label this closer to what it appears to be: treasonous.

Related links: Scorched Earth Exit! Diane Feinstein's CIA Torture Report
White House backs release of CIA interrogation report despite security warnings
Former CIA insider: My officers "did not torture anybody"
Senate hypocrites chastise the CIA
Mark Levin BLASTS Sen. Dianne Feinstein over Senate report on CIA, says she’s throwing in with the enemy

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