House Intelligence Committee Orders Investigation Into Surveillance Of Congress That It Authorized
from the oh,-look-at-that dept
“The House Intelligence Committee is looking into allegations in the Wall Street Journal regarding possible Intelligence Community (IC) collection of communications between Israeli government officials and Members of Congress,” Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said in a statement. “The Committee has requested additional information from the IC to determine which, if any, of these allegations are true, and whether the IC followed all applicable laws, rules, and procedures.”As the ACLU's Jameel Jaffer sarcastically tweeted (inspiring the title of this post), the "confused" Intelligence Committee is opening an investigation into surveillance programs that it directly authorized.
The whole thing, once again, highlights what a bunch of hypocrites surveillance state defenders are in Congress. When revelations revealed mass surveillance on everyday Americans, the focus was on attacking the leakers and attacking the credibility of the reports. But, suddenly when Congress itself is having some of its calls intercepted in a manner that shouldn't be at all surprising, it's a big deal that requires an investigation.
It's almost as if Congress thinks it represents its own interests, rather than those of the American public...