Spying on the CIA

While it’s especially beneficial for effective dissident groups to spy on the CIA in order for them to not be exterminated (so easily), the average American benefits from it as well. That way we don’t have to wait decades for some heavily redacted document to be released which talks about a few of their activities.

There is no “congressional oversight” of the agency and even if there was there’s no “popular oversight” of congress. There’s no respect for democracy or the American people within the CIA if their actions are any indication, therefore there’s no need for lovers of democracy to respect their desire for secrecy – a secrecy that works against the interests of Americans.

All other secret government bureaus should be spied on as well of course, such as the NSA, Homeland Security, and the FBI.

Then when any action they take is against American democracy at least the people will know about it (ideally beforehand) and can take maximum action to stop it.

2 Responses to “Spying on the CIA”

  1. mad dog Says:

    Considering that the CIA are officially our servants, it is only right and just that they are monitored by the people. Sadly, they have been largely unaccountable throughout the world. It only makes sense to monitor them, given their past behaviors.

  2. briankoontz Says:

    I’m really surprised there hasn’t already been a lot of successful spying on the CIA and other organizations. You’d think it would be hard for the CIA to track leaks that only get leaked to other Americans, especially with the widespread distribution of the Internet. It seems like this is a situation begging to happen.

    What scholars do with documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act is often impressive, but it’s obvious there’s a whole lot of stuff they refuse to release as well as many redactions among the documents they agree to release. Scholars can only go so far – spies can go much farther and actually produce democratic results.

    The CIA is a secretive organization though – they regularly keep secrets from each other. It’s a very partitioned, controlled organization where every agent is on a need-to-know basis. So each spy has limited access to information unless he’s high-up in the organization. But even limited access is a whole lot better than the zero access we have right now.

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