This January, the FBI finally acknowledged that for years, it spied on Americans’ telephone calls without judicial warrants. The bureau gained access to the phone calls of everyday Americans, journalists and entire American news bureaus by claiming the existence of emergencies, telling stories about impending terrorist attacks that were completely false. These aren’t just violations of the law; they’re violations of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States, namely the first amendment freedom of the press and the fourth amendments freedom from warrantless search and seizure.
This scandal, to quote Joe Biden, is a big fucking deal. And when the news broke in January, Senate Judiciary Chair Patrick Leahy declared that “no one is above the law: no Senator, and no member of the FBI. There has to be accountability for what happened here.” At a news conference House Judiciary Chair John Conyers reacted with disgust that “it is clear that there is much more to be done to ensure that the overreaching and outright misconduct described in this report never occurs again.” Jerrold Nadler, chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, promised to hold hearings on the matter.
January passed without any hearings and no further word on the matter.
February passed without any hearings or further word on the matter.
And now March has passed without any hearings or further word on the matter.
Do you remember when Democrats claimed to care about such matters?
Do you have any guesses about April?