When the trade was under consideration in the past and Congress was in the loop, Feinstein strongly opposed letting those five Gitmo prisoners go free, as did others of both parties. I think it’s become clear that the lack of notification wasn’t a fear that Bergdahl would die from health issues or be killed by his captors, but a fear that Congressional leaders, having opposed this trade in the past, would oppose it now. The Administration decided it was better to ask for forgiveness, not permission.
Okay, so the Prez says it’s perfectly fine to release these five top Taliban terrorists. But at the same time, the Prez says we’re in so much danger from the terrorists that he has to gather everybody’s phone calls and emails.
So all of us average, loyal Americans who are being watched constantly are a threat, but the real bad guys aren’t?
This inexcusable, incoherent policy gives us the worst of both worlds — putting our lives more at risk while taking away our rights.
How can anyone justify both the Taliban deal and the NSA surveillance?