Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Privatize the CIA and NSA

I mean Roger Clemens got indicted for perjury regarding steroids.  So why not the CIA?

A report by the Senate Intelligence Committee concludes that the CIA misled the government and the public about aspects of its brutal interrogation program for years — concealing details about the severity of its methods, overstating the significance of plots and prisoners, and taking credit for critical pieces of intelligence that detainees had in fact surrendered before they were subjected to harsh techniques.

The report, built around detailed chronologies of dozens of CIA detainees, documents a long-standing pattern of unsubstantiated claims as agency officials sought permission to use — and later tried to defend — excruciating interrogation methods that yielded little, if any, significant intelligence, according to U.S. officials who have reviewed the document.

“The CIA described [its program] repeatedly both to the Department of Justice and eventually to Congress as getting unique, otherwise unobtainable intelligence that helped disrupt terrorist plots and save thousands of lives,” said one U.S. official briefed on the report. “Was that actually true? The answer is no.”

The CIA and the NSA should be treated as not a government agency but as a private organization since they clearly are not accountable to Congress and, by extension, the American people.  This means they no longer get tax money and that they should be forced to pay taxes.

This also means that the American people can decide if they want to be spied on or not by signing up for membership with these agencies, similar to an insurance program.  If an American has not signed up, then he or she is not subject to any unlawful search and seizures as they did not consent.

Or we could just prosecute the liars.

Naturally Congress won’t do either of these things because its too hard and because of some incriminating photos of Congressional bestiality.  And the kickbacks.  Don’t forget about those.

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