Friday, August 01, 2014

Spying on their masters

After being caught red-handed the CIA has finally admitted spying on the US Senate Committee which is investigating them for torture:

The director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, issued an extraordinary apology to leaders of the US Senate intelligence committee on Thursday, conceding that the agency employees spied on committee staff and reversing months of furious and public denials.

Brennan acknowledged that an internal investigation had found agency security personnel transgressed a firewall set up on a CIA network, which allowed Senate committee investigators to review agency documents for their landmark inquiry into CIA torture.

Among other things, it was revealed that agency officials conducted keyword searches and email searches on committee staff while they used the network.

There's a name for this: contempt of congress. Not to mention attempted perversion of the course of justice. But holding the powerful or government institutions to account for their crimes is Not The American Way (that's clear enough from their torture "investigation", which wasn't allowed to happen until the prospect of criminal charges were taken off the table). So Brennan and the torturing, spying criminals under him will keep their jobs (not to mention stay out of jail), and then everyone will act shocked and surprised when they go on to torture people and subvert American democracy in future.