Authoritarians love the NSA except when it spies on them

One Of Congress’s Biggest Defenders Of NSA Surveillance Suddenly Aghast That NSA May Have Spied On Him
[Via Techdirt]

Remember how Dianne Feinstein — a huge supporter of the intelligence community — absolutely freaked out about surveillance when it happened to her staffers (when the CIA snooped on their network)? It would almost be funny how the defenders of surveillance react when they’re being surveilled… if it weren’t so tragic.

As we noted earlier today, the WSJ just revealed that the NSA had no problem intercepting calls made by Congress as part of spying on foreign leaders, such as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. And, as you might expect, some folks are quite upset about this… including former US Representative Pete Hoekstra, who headed the House Intelligence Committee a decade ago. He sent out a pair of angry tweetsabout the news:If you can’t read those, he says:

WSJ report that NSA spied on Congress and Israel communications very disturbing. Actually outrageous. Maybe unprecedented abuse of power.

NSA and Obama officials need to be investigated and prosecuted if any truth to WSJ reports. NSA loses all credibility. Scary.


Hierarchical authoritarians of each party are happy as can be when the Security State scoops up all the private information of normal citizens.

But they go ballistic when they find out that it is just as easily applied to them. And it always will be because the purpose of a Security State is to spy on everuone. Not just some.


And expect this current outrage to apply apply to them. They will show no sympathy for any citizen who is illegally spied on.

Image: AJ Cann