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CIA vs. the Senate: The Constitution demands action
CIA vs. the Senate: The Constitution demands action

CIA spying on the Senate is the constitutional equivalent of the Watergate break-in. In both cases, the executive branch attacked the very foundations of our system of checks and balances. President Obama is not President Nixon. He hasn’t been implicated personally in organizing this constitutional assault. But he is wrong to support the limited response of his CIA director, John Brennan, who is trying to defer serious action by simply creating an “accountability panel” to consider “potential disciplinary measures” or “systemic issues.” Harry Truman and Congress knew that they were playing with fire in creating a permanent spy agency after...

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