Political pundits across the nation have been talking nearly nonstop since Saturday about President Donald Trump’s accusations that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower to listen in on Trump’s conversations and those of his aides.
Appearing on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Connecticut Democrat Rep. Jim Himes got into a lively debate with Carlson over what the definition of “spying” really is, The Daily Caller reported.
Himes, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, didn’t think that what Carlson was talking about was “spying” per se. He thought it was “law enforcement.”
“You used the word ‘spying,’ and I don’t know what that means,” Himes said. “Is that what police do when they’re listening in on drug dealers and child molesters?”
Well, maybe you should pick up a dictionary and resign from the Intelligence Committee that you sit on.
Carlson countered by saying that it was indeed spying, and that sometimes such actions were justified.
“No, spying is when we go to Russia and try to recruit Russian generals into giving us Russian secrets. When law enforcement is listening to anybody, it’s law enforcement,” Himes retorted.
Actually spying is quite literally when you are eavesdropping on conversations, whether you have a warrant or not. Himes was just trying to play with the language to make what Obama allegedly did seem less egregious.
Law enforcement spies on people on all the time. The intelligence community spies on people all the time. Many Americans spy on their neighbors all the time.
Instead of debating the finer points of the English language, perhaps Himes should worry more about the possibility that Obama and his minions were unconstitutionally spying on someone because they didn’t like that individual’s politics. That’s the real issue here.
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