Defunding the NSA and Consolidating Spy Agencies

It is no secret that the NSA is currently spying on its citizens and violating our constitutional rights.  Its also no secret that they have repeatedly lied to both congress and the public.  Allowing an agency as powerful as the NSA, to operate in such a rogue fashion 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 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‚Äôs 17 separate spy agencies into one, saving tax payers a huge chunk of change and increasing the efficiency of operation, making our country safer.