In the United States, we have long been concerned about exactly how the government observes us. We are a nation whose DNA was forged from freedom, and whose formative ethos was rooted strongly in maintaining a healthy distance between the government and its citizenry.
And so that is why the latest news coming out of the CIA is so disturbing.
The CIA has a secret, undisclosed data repository that includes information collected about Americans, two Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee said. While neither the agency nor lawmakers would disclose specifics about the data, the senators alleged the CIA had long hidden details about the program from the public and Congress.
Lawmakers are working to shed light on the depraved program.
Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico sent a letter to top intelligence officials calling for more details about the program to be declassified. Large parts of the letter, which was sent in April 2021 and declassified Thursday, and documents released by the CIA were blacked out. Wyden and Heinrich said the program operated “outside the statutory framework that Congress and the public believe govern this collection.”
The 4th Amendment of the Constitution provides Americans inalienable protection from unlawful search and seizure, and there is litigious precedent available to confirm that unwarranted data harvesting is covered by this umbrella verbiage.