Defense Against Foreign Danger; Instruments of Tyranny at Home
Consider the way tools of national (in)security policy initially deployed abroad inevitably find their way home: bulk surveillance, black sites, torture, police militarization.
Now consider that one of the CIA’s long-practiced core competencies is undermining regimes it deems threatening or otherwise unfavorable.
James Madison said, “The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.” Is it possible he was on to something?
Nah, that’s crazy. Only Putin could ever interfere with the sanctity of American democracy.