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 Cash Went to Al Qaeda

New York Times reports that CIA cash wound up going into Al Qaeda hands. But there is more to the story. When I saw this story in the New York Times, I assumed it was going to involve the basic ways the CIA has been funding terrorists, including Al Qaeda (whether directly or not, before 9/11, I don’t know for sure), since the late seventies. But no, it is about one small incompetent bit of terrorist financing, not intentional financing: “CIA Cash Ended Up in Coffers of Al Qaeda.” In 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 […]

ReasonTV: Feinstein Is REALLY Ironic

The main problem with Alanis Morissette’s song, “Ironic,” is that there is nothing ironic in the lyrics. Thanks to ReasonTV and Dianne Feinstein, that has now been fixed. A Senator lady Got the news one day The country’s being spied on by the NSA So she went out defending on each TV set but when she found out she’d been snooped on she got all upset And isn’t it ironic? I mean, don’t you think? […] Senator, this may surprise you and the irony bites but Congresspeople ain’t Read more […]

Rand Paul: Are Senators And Representatives Afraid Of Our Out-of-Conrol Spy Agencies?

From “Rand Paul’s Berkeley talk: A U.S. dystopia?” The Kentucky Republican, who is heavily weighing a 2016 presidential bid, is speaking at the historically liberal bastion at a time when he is seeking to broaden the GOP base. He has long pointed to privacy concerns as an issue that could woo young people to a more libertarian-leaning Republican brand — like his. “I don’t know about you, but I’m worried,” he will say, according to an early look at remarks shared exclusively Read more […]

Darrell Issa, Why No “Treason” Charge For The NSA?

From “Issa Rips CIA Over Feinstein Spying Allegations: ‘Treason’” House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said he is incensed about allegations the CIA spied on the Senate Intelligence Committee, calling it “treason.” “I think Senator Feinstein is as outraged as anyone and I share her outrage. I think the violation of the Constitutional separation of powers should be an offense of the highest level—virtually treason,” Issa told Breitbart News on Tuesday. “Spying Read more […]

CIA Treats Senate Intelligence Committee Like Edward Snowden

Reading the Techdirt headline, I had to laugh: “CIA: We Only Spied On Senate Intelligence Committee Because They Took Classified Documents That Prove We’re Liars.” For those of you who didn’t see Bob’s earlier post, the CIA was caught monitoring the computers of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Now the committee members want the CIA investigated and have appealed to the Constitution, saying that the spying is inconsistent with our founding document. This is the same committee whose members Read more […]