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Dianne Feinstein Wants David Petraeus To Be Above The Law

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Senator Dianne Feinstein has proclaimed that former CIA Director David Petraeus should not face prosecution despite the recommendations of federal prosecutors and the FBI concerning his alleged leak of classified information to his then mistress Paula Broadwell. Feinstein’s call to not uphold the law and prosecute Petraeus as he has “suffered enough” stands in stark contrast to Feinstein’s positions on others who have leaked classified information.

Feinstein said she was unsure if Petraeus gave Broadwell classified material but that even if he did he was “the four star general of our generation” and therefore should be above the law and face no legal repercussions. Yet Feinstein – wait for it – had a completely different reaction to the unauthorized disclosure of classified information by both Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.

Long-standing mavens of DC political power literally believe that they and their class-comrades are too noble, important and elevated to be subjected to the rule of law to which they subject everyone else. They barely even disguise it any more. It’s the dynamic by which the Obama administration prosecuted leakers with unprecedented aggression who disclose information that embarrasses them politically while ignoring or even sanctioning the leaks of classified information which politically glorify them.

It is, of course, inconceivable that someone like Dianne Feinstein would urge the release of ordinary convicts from prison on the ground that their actions are “in the past” or that they have “suffered enough.” This generous mentality of mercy, forgiveness and understanding – like Obama’s decree that we Look Forward, Not Backward to justify immunity for American torturers – is reserved only for political officials, Generals, telecoms, banks and oligarchs who reside above and beyond the rule of law.

Typically the defense of lawbreaking by elites in government is forgiven and explained as people doing bad things for a good reason, a social dynamic called noble cause corruption which has long been a staple of police crime dramas. The officer had to torture the suspect, it was the only way to find the kidnapped child in time etc.

But Feinstein has gone beyond the typical apologetics for elite criminality and simply called for suspending the rule of law for a man who reportedly committed a crime with no noble intentions and has suffered no material penalty. In fact, Petraeus is currently making money working with Wall Street and is in the process of trying to reenter public life through academia. Suffered enough?

Senator Feinstein has proved once again that she has contempt for the public and truly believes in the formation of a neo-feudal society where the poor and middle class live by one set of laws while the rich and powerful soar above.

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Daniel Wright is a longtime blogger and currently writes for Shadowproof. He lives in New Jersey, by choice.