The Surveillance State– it’s here.

Maybe you once thought the CIA wasn’t supposed to spy on Americans here in the United States.

That concept is so yesteryear.

Over time, the CIA upper echelon has secretly developed all kinds of policy statements and legal rationales to justify routine, widespread surveillance on U.S. soil of citizens who aren’t suspected of terrorism or being a spy.

The latest outrage is found in newly declassified documents from 2014. They reveal the CIA not only intercepted emails of U.S. citizens but they were emails of the most sensitive kind — written to Congress and involving whistleblowers reporting alleged wrongdoing within the Intelligence Community.

The disclosures, kept secret until now, are two letters of “congressional notification” from the Intelligence Community inspector general at the time, Charles McCullough. He stated that during “routine counterintelligence monitoring of government computer systems,” the CIA collected emails between congressional staff and the CIA’s head of whistleblowing and source protection.

McCullough added that he was concerned about the CIA’s “potential compromise to whistleblower confidentiality and the consequent ‘chilling effect’ that the present [counterintelligence] monitoring system might have on Intelligence Community whistleblowing.”… (continued)

Read the rest of the story in The Hill.


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2 thoughts on “The Surveillance State– it’s here.”

  1. Dear Mr. Taggart,

    First of all, I would like to personally thank you for your service to our country. I’m terribly sorry for the poor treatment you’ve received. I can think of only one journalist. She’s a freelance journalist named Sharyl Attkisson. I can’t guarantee anything but it’s worth a try. I hope she contacts you.


    Gina Bernazzani
    Director of Counseling
    National Vaccine Information Center
    21525 Ridgetop Circle, #100
    Sterling, VA 20166

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