Opinion: Sen. Udall Gets Comeuppance from Critics

April 25, 2014

Sen. Mark Udall is doing all he can to slander America’s handling of terror suspects and has so far enjoyed fawning coverage of his showboating, but now the Colorado Democrat is the recipient of a surprising comeuppance.

Udall is under fire from Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who worked with former NSA leaker Edward Snowden to embarrass the U.S. for having an espionage program.

Not that nations have ever spied on one another — next thing you know, Greenwald, Snowden, and Udall will be upset that Americans broke the Japanese code because spying is just ever so wrong.

Anyway, Greenwald took a shot at Udall in comments Tuesday to an audience at Georgetown University.

Udall and Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, “ran around the country for three years winking and hinting and doing everything they could to imply and suggest that something was very awry in the U.S. surveillance state,” said Greenwald.

“Mark Udall and Ron Wyden lacked the courage to do what they should have done, which is, gone to the floor of the Senate, invoke the immunity that the Constitution gives them, and reveal this information,” said Greenwald.

Greenwald stalked, but missed, the point.

Udall has so far been able to cloak himself as a privacy advocate while slashing away at the CIA for its “torture” of terrorism suspects.

It’s worth noting that Jose A. Rodriguez Jr. who headed that CIA program maintains they didn’t use torture, and that whatever else it wasn’t, it was effective.

The last thing Udall wants is the truth about the nation’s interrogation program, because that would open the debate. Now, he’s able to level charges with no fear of being rebutted.

It was a pretty sweet, cynical deal for Udall, one that his progressive pal Greenwald might take away.

Couldn’t happen to a better guy.

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