And while I share her "grave concerns" about surveillance overreach, I am laughing all kinds of mirthless laughter over here, because, as I said earlier this month: "Oh, so now that it's them being surveilled, they give a shit."
Which is pretty much the exact same thing whistleblower Edward Snowden said yesterday:
"It's clear the CIA was trying to play 'keep away' with documents relevant to an investigation by their overseers in Congress, and that's a serious constitutional concern," Snowden said in a statement to NBC News. "But it's equally if not more concerning that we're seeing another 'Merkel Effect,' where an elected official does not care at all that the rights of millions of ordinary citizens are violated by our spies, but suddenly it's a scandal when a politician finds out the same thing happens to them."BOOM.
Suddenly it's a scandal when the same thing happens to them. That pretty much sums it up.
It would be terrific if this "grave concern" about unconstitutional searching in the Senate would make Feinstein & Co. more concerned about the privacy violations being made against the general public, but that is not going to happen. The people who were elected to represent our interests aren't concerned with advocating for us; they're concerned with protecting themselves against us.
Which is only one of many reasons why the US government is profoundly broken.