We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Senate Intelligence head [Diane Feinstein] accuses CIA of undermining US “constitutional framework”

Click here to access article by Barry Grey from World Socialist Web Site. 

I think that there is more to this conflict between the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the CIA than merely a show of hypocrisy by Feinstein as many in liberal and left media are seeing it. (Diane Feinstein last summer remarked that "what he [Snowden] did was an act of treason"). As a Senate liberal, Feinstein has supported nearly all Empire aggressions. The fact that she has gone public with this conflict with the CIA indicates to me that even liberals are becoming concerned with the level of the arrogance displayed by members of the shadow government. Notice also that the CIA director went before one of the most powerful behind-the-scenes ruling class organizations to issue what many regard as a thinly veiled threat:
"I would just encourage members of the Senate to take their time to make sure that they don’t overstate what they claim and what they probably believe to be the truth. These are some complicated matters.”
I have no doubt that the conflict will be quietly handled in favor of an aggressive shadow government and its secret agencies, and aided by their media executives who will make sure that their talking heads on TV handle the issue appropriately so that the public goes back to sleep. I see this incident as one more indication that our ruling class is intent on moving further toward fascist rule.