Letters to the Editor

March 13, 2014

Mission creep

According to old-fashioned civics, we have three branches of government — legislative, executive and judicial. Together they compose a trinity of oversight on each other’s dimension of power. The CIA, however, seems to have taken a detour from this principle and now treads the road of the apostate.

According to old-fashioned civics, we have three branches of government — legislative, executive and judicial. Together they compose a trinity of oversight on each other’s dimension of power. The CIA, however, seems to have taken a detour from this principle and now treads the road of the apostate.

As charged, the CIA is electronically spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee -- the very committee legislatively charged with the responsibility of overseeing the activities of the CIA.

Conclusion: Once the hounds of surveillance are unleashed into the spooky, thickly forested realm of intelligence gathering, their mission tends to become pathologically paranoid and they eventually turn on their own constitutionally invested masters.

— Alan Holder, Trophy Club

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