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  •  Yes, because per the C.I.A. itself: (21+ / 0-)
    By law, the CIA is specifically prohibited from collecting foreign intelligence concerning the domestic activities of US citizens. Its mission is to collect information related to foreign intelligence and foreign counterintelligence. By direction of the president in Executive Order 12333 of 1981 and in accordance with procedures approved by the Attorney General, the CIA is restricted in the collection of intelligence information directed against US citizens. Collection is allowed only for an authorized intelligence purpose; for example, if there is a reason to believe that an individual is involved in espionage or international terrorist activities. The CIA's procedures require senior approval for any such collection that is allowed, and, depending on the collection technique employed, the sanction of the Director of National Intelligence and Attorney General may be required. These restrictions on the CIA have been in effect since the 1970s.

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    So C.I.A. run drone programs operating on US soil to collect intelligence about Americans and their activities on US soil are prohibited by Law (and now pretend you hear this last part really, really fast) except when the activities are suspected to be connected to "international terrorist activities"...

    Doesn't that sound suspiciously like the language just passed that would allow for "indeterminate detention of US citizens" if they are suspected of involvement in terrorist related activities?

    My government is scaring the shit out of me, anymore.

    Big brother? Hell, I think we passed that a couple decades ago now.

    :(

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    by Angie in WA State on Fri Dec 23, 2011 at 10:00:37 PM PST

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