CIA Director Thinks You Should Spit on the Bill of Rights for Security

The New York Times reports “After Paris Attacks, C.I.A. Director Rekindles Debate Over Surveillance.” It’s a rather understated headline.  A diabolical range of recent attacks claimed by the Islamic State — a Russian airliner blown up in Egypt, a double suicide bombing in Beirut and Friday’s ghastly assaults on Paris — has rekindled a debate over the proper limits of government surveillance in an age of terrorist mayhem. On Monday, in unusually raw language, John Brennan, the C.I.A. director, Read more […]

CIA Not Guilty according to CIA Report

The agency is allowed to investigate itself and find the CIA not guilty. So at first it was an accusation that was beyond the scope of reason, according to the CIA. Then, suddenly, it was true after all; the CIA admitted it. Then, the CIA watchdog who exposed the mess suddenly quit his job. And now? Now the CIA has investigated itself and concluded that it did nothing wrong. This is exactly how the government treats you, right? When you are accused of wrongdoing, it asks you to investigate Read more […]

CIA Watchdog Leaving After Reporting on Illegal Spying

Is it supposed to be a coincidence that the CIA watchdog is leaving now? The problem with a secret organization within government is that our government is supposed to be accountable to voters. We are supposed to be able to make informed choices about who we vote to go into or remain in office. If a major area of policy is secret to voters, then that is an area of tension. It may be unavoidable, but it is in tension with the concept of self-government. To vote intelligently requires knowledge. So Read more […]

Bruce Fein in Washington Times: End the CIA!

Why should conservatives support the liberal CIA? Other than Ron Paul, during his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, I never thought I would hear this from a conservative outlet. But Bruce Fein has re-launched the idea at the Washington Times: “It’s time to abolish the CIA.” The CIA should be abolished. After a trial run of 67 years, the agency has proven a sorcerer’s apprentice. The director and his subordinates have became insufferably arrogant Platonic Guardians hiding behind Read more […]

ISIS Is Being Fought to Create a Forever War

Perhaps I should say it is being fought in a way to continue a forever war. The CIA has allowed their skepticism to leak to the press. According to the Huffington Post, At a recent closed-door congressional briefing on the administration’s new strategy to combat the Islamic State, a top CIA official left little doubt among those in the room about the agency’s attitude toward the project. The official’s muted approach to the briefing dovetails with what senior intelligence community officials Read more […]

A Republican Defends CIA Spying—After They Admit Guilt!

I guess it shouldn’t surprise me that a Republican defends CIA spying—or at least claims that they never really did it. What does surprise me is that he does so after they admit guilt! As Bob Allen wrote, “What the CIA chief formerly dismissed as ‘beyond the scope of reason’ is now confirmed as true.” You think that would settle the issue, but no. The Hill reports: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said Sunday he doesn’t think the CIA spied on the Senate. Rogers Read more […]

CIA Spied on the Senate and Now Admits to It

What the CIA chief formerly dismissed as “beyond the scope of reason” is now confirmed as true. From the National Journal: “CIA Admits to Hacking Senate Computers.” The Central Intelligence Agency improperly and covertly hacked into computers used by Senate staffers to investigate the spy agency’s Bush-era interrogation practices, according to an internal investigation. CIA Director John Brennan has determined that employees “acted in a manner inconsistent with the common understanding” Read more […]