Darrell Issa, Why No “Treason” Charge For The NSA?

From Breitbart.com: “Issa Rips CIA Over Feinstein Spying Allegations: ‘Treason’

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said he is incensed about allegations the CIA spied on the Senate Intelligence Committee, calling it “treason.”

“I think Senator Feinstein is as outraged as anyone and I share her outrage. I think the violation of the Constitutional separation of powers should be an offense of the highest level—virtually treason,” Issa told Breitbart News on Tuesday.

“Spying on the executive branch—spying on Congress or violating the separation of powers as to the Supreme Court or as to Congress is effectively treason. Treason—it’s written up in the Constitution,” Issa said of Feinstein’s revelations, adding, “I don’t know who gave the orders, but to spy on other branches is in fact a constitutional violation at the level of high crimes and misdemeanors and certainly should cause the removal of anyone involved.”


Congress and the executive branch have rarely been at odds in such a heated way as they are now. Last month, Issa questioned Deputy Attorney General James Cole as to whether the NSA collects phone records of congressional members and their staffs, to which Cole responded, “We probably do, Mr. Congressman. But we’re not allowed to look at any of those, however, unless we have reasonable, articulable suspicion that those numbers are related to a known terrorist threat.”

House Democrats also said they were shocked at the revelations coming out of Feinstein’s office.

Mr. Issa, I sincerely appreciate many of the things you do, but did you turn your brain on before you spoke here? Or do you have a blind-spot big enough to hide a 777 airplane?

Let me get this straight… when the Intelligence community spies on me–an innocent American, who has done nothing wrong–that’s a legitimate matter of National Security. But when it spies on you, it’s… treason?

Would you like to try again?

One more time: You (repeatedly) voted to create this monster, apparently believing it was a good thing, but now that the beast turned its teeth on you (rather than me) it’s worthy of execution? I see. Please try again.

I think your choice of words is actually appropriate for both this incident and the matter of the IRS. The question is: Will you apply that truth equally, across all of those who deserve protection under the Constitution?