I have heard many, many individuals espouse the belief that the General Petraeus sex scandal is being used to cover up the situation, intelligence, and reality of the terror attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi that left four Americans dead, including the Ambassador to Libya. I just don’t see it. I don’t see what a sex scandal regarding the man who headed the CIA as something that can cover up Benghazi. In fact, if anything, the scandal will only provide intrigue to some intrepid reporter who will want to dig just a little bit deeper and find out who knew what and when they knew it.
You see, it doesn’t matter that Petraeus is going to testify behind closed doors. Yes, he abruptly resigned. Yes, when he was the commander in the region he was known at Saint Petraeus to his troops and subordinates for his sense of moral values. But I say, whom among you is immune to temptation? We all face it everyday and no one, regardless of their moral compass, can be strong all the time. There will be an instance where you give in to temptation. Obviously this was the case for the general. Does this make him a bad person? No, it simply makes him a guy who made a mistake, like a lot of men, and women, do everyday. This isn’t going to exempt him from testifying.
He was still the director of the CIA when it happened and people are going to want answers. The American people have been asking for and demanding answers since the attack on the 11th of September. Congress will be grilling this man and the only questions that will be off-limits are probably the details of his affair with Ms. Broadwell. The real question remains, how did the government get its hands on all this information and why was it leaked or reported at such an opportune time.
Did the government or the FBI under the auspices of the government invade the privacy of General Petraeus an ms. Broadwell by amassing massive amounts of information quite easily and with very little fanfare. How did they manage this, where are their search warrants? Where is the line for the amount of surveillance they can commit to without having to get the permission of a higher authority? It seems to me that this is the real story. I mean, does the PATRIOT act give so much leeway that they FBI can conduct surveillance and seize electronic records from the head of the CIA without telling anyone what they are doing and how they are doing it?
If they have this much power over someone with that much power, how much can they collect on ordinary citizens? Can they waltz in and remote into your computer through your firewall and read the contents contained within just because they feel you might not have paid for that candy bar you posted a picture of on your Facebook page? Where is the limit. Maybe we ought to be investigating the methods these agents used to get this data and where they got the authority to do it. The Petraeus scandal will be forthcoming, Benghazi will eventually get cleared up, but the surveillance methods and authority is still cloaked in secrecy.