Intelligence Oversight: A Mess

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This essay reviews the story of congressional oversight of intelligence back to the 1960s and shows there has been an ebb and flow in the monitoring of CIA and NSA operations. The cycle has repeated itself since the early days and oversight today reflects excessive deference to intelligence agency attitudes….

This essay reviews the story of congressional oversight of intelligence back to the 1960s and shows there has been an ebb and flow in the monitoring of CIA and NSA operations. The cycle has repeated itself since the early days and oversight today reflects excessive deference to intelligence agency attitudes. From the Bay of Pigs to the Church/Pike committees the Congress created the structure which now exists, but the agencies have returned to their bad old ways in dealing with their overseers.

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