Consolidating Our Spy Agencies
It is no secret that the NSA is currently spying on its citizens and violating our constitutional rights. Right now, the NSA is recording every phone call, text message, website visit, email and financial transaction you make, and is storing it in giant data centers in places like Utah. This information, thanks to the latest FISA reauthorization, can be accessed and used against you for a variety of accusations, beyond just national security and terrorism. In fact, this information can be accessed if you are accused of an incident involving computer related crime, severe bodily injury, death, crimes against a minor, damage to infrastructure (both digital and physical), or damage to structures involving public health, security or the economy. Furthermore, these accusations need only be made by the Attorney General for them to have legal standing, and the accusations made by the AG are prohibited from judicial review. Basically, the NSA is collecting everything in violation of the constitution, and is now able to release this information to our security/law enforcement agencies at the word of a political appointee, and in today's vitriolic, polarized political climate, this is very dangerous to the stability of our republic. All of this is very worrisome, and even more worrisome still is the fact that the NSA has repeatedly lied to both congress and the American public, in congressional hearings.
Allowing any agency as powerful as the NSA, to operate in such a rogue fashion and with complete disregard for the rule of law is simply unacceptable in a free nation. As the NSA has been operating without oversight from "we the people", simple reform measures will likely do nothing to change the rampant constitutional violations. As a result, the NSA should be completely defunded/dissolved. This measure will not only save our country billions each year, but it will strengthen our constitutional freedoms and the security our republic.
Secondarily, while the addition of the Department of Homeland Security was an attempt to help streamline communications between agencies, it has done little more than add more confusion and more government bloat to the balance sheet. Too often, the right hand knows not what the left is doing, and competition between these different agencies has led to a lack of trust and communication between them, making us less secure as a result, while also obfuscating the process of holding them accountable. This is why I believe it is necessary to take appropriate measures in consolidatating our country’s 17 separate spy agencies into one, saving tax payers a huge chunk of change and increasing the efficiency of operation, making our country safer.