The chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee promptly defended on June 6 the massive invasions of Americans' privacy increasingly apparent under her watch.
California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, right, justified government surveillance of citizen phone calls, emails, social media and other electronic communications as necessary for national security.
Her defense of Orwellian Big Brother techniques matched those of most other Capitol Hill and Obama administration leaders. One news report said, Administration, lawmakers defend NSA program to collect phone records.
Last summer, I wrote how even a three-term Democratic colleague, Ron Wyden of Oregon, said he had no power to call any witnesses on privacy issues. The column was Senator’s Lonely Battle For Public’s Privacy Rights.
Moreover, Feinstein's remarks paralleled her recent defense of her husband's controversial receipt of an exclusive federal contract to sell billions of dollars of post offices and surrounding land for a 6 percent commission.
Feinstein's staff says that the enrichement of her husband, Richard C. Blum, from decades of federal contracts does not represent a conflict because he makes decisions independent from her, and much of her own wealth is in a blind trust.