Barry Eisler

Friday, January 13, 2017

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, thats crazy. Only Putin could ever interfere with the sanctity of American democracy.
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4 Comments:

Blogger Swany said...

Perhaps I am missing the point here, but are you suggesting that the path that brought the GOP into complete control of our government was to use the tactics that the CIA has used against our adversaries? Disinformation, misdirection, divide and conquer? Something along that line?

Friday, January 13, 2017 12:11:00 PM  
Blogger Barry Eisler said...

Not sure how you read that into from my post, which I guess might function to some degree as an inkblot test...?

Friday, January 13, 2017 12:14:00 PM  
Blogger Tall Travel Dude said...

Are you saying the sun actually rises in the West? ;)

Friday, January 13, 2017 2:35:00 PM  
Blogger Jack O'Melia said...

Swaney, It seems the implication is that the CIA is using its own tricks against us? Instead of undermining a foreign leader they're undermining our own? For a similar end?

Friday, January 13, 2017 6:51:00 PM  

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