Daily Show host Jon Stewart broke out his George Carlin swear jar on Wednesday to highlight Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) apparent double standard when it came to government surveillance.
“She doesn’t mind if our security apparatus might be looking at your stuff, because your stuff is sh*t,” Stewart said after Feinstein accused the Central Investigation Agency (CIA) of violating the Constitution by searching Senate staffers’ computers. “But her sh*t is stuff.”
What made the allegations incredible, Stewart said, was that it was Feinstein — who has publicly supported the National Security Agency’s (NSA) domestic surveillance program — behind them, and not privacy advocates like Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) or Sen. Rand Paul, who has criticized the use of unmanned military drones.
But at the same time, Stewart didn’t quite buy CIA director John Brennan’s statement that such an action would be “beyond the scope of reason.”
“Maybe you stole Congress’ computer files, maybe you didn’t,” Stewart said to Brennan. “But ‘beyond the scope of reason’? Y’all overthrew Iran, and Chile, orchestrated the assassination of the first democratically-elected prime minister of the Congo, wiretapped journalists and anti-war activists, carried out a mind-control experiment with LSD on prisoners. And then on Tuesday … I guess what I’m saying is, you’re very busy doing a lot of things. Maybe you didn’t steal the files because you were busy. And that’s what interns are for.”
Watch Stewart’s commentary posted online by Comedy Central: