Report: CIA has Been Secretly Collecting Data on Americans

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The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been secretly conducting a secret surveillance program on Americans for years without Congressional approval. Senators Ron Wyden and Martin Heinrich, who both serve on the Senate Intelligence Committee, have called for new information about the program that includes data on Americans.

Fox News reports:

Their letter to the top intelligence officials was partially declassified on Thursday. The two accused the CIA of conducting the program  “entirely outside the statutory framework that Congress and the public believe govern this collection, and without any of the judicial, congressional or even executive branch oversight that comes with FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] collection.”

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The program operates under the authority of Executive Order 12333, the document that broadly governs intelligence community activity and was first signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981.

The CIA and National Security Agency have a foreign mission and are generally barred from investigating Americans or U.S. businesses. But the spy agencies’ sprawling collection of foreign communications often snares Americans’ messages and data incidentally.

Kristi Scott, the CIA’s privacy and civil liberties officer, told the Wall Street Journal in a statement that the agency takes privacy and civil liberties “very seriously.” She said all collection activities are conducted in compliance with the law, including the executive order in question.

The two senators called for more transparency from the CIA, including what kind of records were collected on American citizens and the legal framework for the collection.

The CIA released a series of redacted recommendations about the program issued by an oversight panel known as the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board but in their letter, the senators “stressed that the public deserves to know more about the collection of this information,”



  1. The American people need to understand that our government has become corrupt. The people in charge are now using their powers illegally and AGAINST the American people.

    1. and to sell OUR imformation to China . and anyone else that want to give those greedy politicians and government
      “”””WE THE PEOPLE “”””Have the right to replace this tyrannical government and about 90 to 95% of all politicians in our political system are as crooked as hillery and biden and oblama well all of those commie DAMOCRAPS. . if 🇺🇸 AMERICANS 🇺🇸 DOMT STAND UP AGAINST THESE COMMUNIST WE WILL LOSE EVERYTHING. AND FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT DON’T BELIEVE SOMETHING LIKE THAT CANT HAPPEN YOU BETTER WAKE THE H—L UP. LOOK HOW MUCH DIFFERENT THINGS ARE TODAY FROM A COUPLE YEARS AGO . ITS THE SLOW COMMIE PROSISS . DONT BE A IDIOT. YOU BETTER KEEP THEM LOADED IF TOU WANT TO KEEP YOU FAMILY FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS SAFE.

      1. Yes we do. However, many go to the polls and vote strictly on name recognition.
        These UNINFORMED voters are actually a threat to our democracy.

          1. This DEPLORABLE votes according to a candidates stands.

            Some informed people understand that a certain party is by and large a seditionist, socialist, perverse supporting party.

      2. While I certainly agree that many, if not most, politicians are corrupt, to claim it’s 90-95% is I believe a bit over the top. This is especially so when you compare them to Obama and Biden, let alone the Clintons, who infamously enjoy perhaps a rating at the top of corruption in US history.

        Your warning to fellow Americans is well put by the way. All we have to do is consider what in the Bill of Rights is still intact. I dare say only the 3rd Amendmnet is intact – so far.

        In addition, we should examine just what the federal government is allowed to do according to the Constitution. That’s ENUMERATED in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. Due to the abuse of the Preamble and the Proper and Necessary, Commerce, and Sovereignty Clauses, perhaps 50 to 60% of what the federal government does is against what the Founders and Framers envisioned. I may even being to generous.

        As you point out, the people have the right to replace our governmental tyrants, be it through voting, recalls, impeachments, OR other means. We still retain the right to dust off the DECLARATION, take it to heart with a vengeance, and once again bind the federal behemoth with the chains, preferably very heavy, of the Constitution, perhaps with some additional retraining amendments.

        Thanks.

  2. The gestapo at work, in this corrupt,lawless administration, spying on everyday citizens, which is against the law, they are the law breakers.

    1. We should also remember that the Obama administration weaponized most executive agencies to oppose and persecute political enemies. That included having the FBI, CIA, NSA, IRS, DEA, DHS among others spy on Americans domestically.

      Biden and his handlers seem to be starting up the domestic oppression again.

    1. Yup and the CIA continuing the spying under this corrupt fraudulent administration is to be expected. Vote, vote, vote this entire party into the dark ages as the DNC is now so corrupt it should no longer represent the citizens of this country. Run them out of the USA.

  3. Why does my comment need an “Awaiting for approval”? Is it because it exposes some truth about the lying corrupt Democrat Political Party.

    You RINO clowns at TTN make me sick.

    1. They will release it long after we’re on to another story and no one will be back to read your post. Happens to me all the time.

    2. The site uses a program with algorithms. If certain words are flagged administrators review it. So if your comment is approved, what will you call them, cowards for submitting to your intemperate comment?

      By the way, more conservative sites should do the same in order to eliminate the flurry of false job/CCP bot ads. Are you one of those who posts such ads? Do you believe you have a constitutional RIGHT to post whatever you want?

  4. Are you kidding me? Congress didn’t know? Bull! The order came from Congress. Why do you think Nancy Pelosi is still running for Speaker of the House? She is behind all of it, of course, being given orders from Soros, Hillary and Obama to destroy American citizens. Do NOT trust any person in the House of Representatives. It’ll (they) kill you if you do!

    1. And of course, Pelosi has her goon squad illegally searching GOP offices and opening the mail of GOP congressmen. To whom can you complain when the “police” are as corrupt as their “leaders?”

  5. The CIA, NSA, et al., investigate people as part of their mission. The primary problem stems from what they do with that information over the long term. Names of ordinary people caught up in an investigation but later determined to have been uninvolved must be purged.

    I’d bet such names and information are not destroyed and simply set aside, “just in case” they might be useful in later investigations. The BATFE currently is engaged in litigation regarding what they must do with Form 4473 names collected from former licensed firearm dealers.

    The best known example of what comes from such irresponsibility is the Weimar Republic formed after World War One. It listed names of firearms owners under the mandate that they never be revealed. Hitler unraveled that promise, disarmed his own people and slaughtered millions of Jews and other enemies of the Reich.

    The current administration has shown signs of such irresponsibility and incompetence. When a government focuses on control of peaceable, lawful citizens, demonstrations are the least of its worries. Our own illegitimate Executive Branch has outraged large segments of the American people unnecessarily but the fuse is burning.

  6. From the Clinton’s on our agencys as those mentioned have been over stepping there boundries to cover up cortupt dealings and fraud to spying on people who dare question them! Clinton’s were as corrupt as it gets from dealing drugs to stealing kids for perversion to flat stealing money from the tax payers to pay for there life style. The deep state players involved some very well known people and the CIA was one of there biggest handlers when they went after someone! They murdered alot of people and got rid of rivals with made yo look like accidents to suicide! You never knew who they were putting in the ground or under the casket slab. It carried on into Obama era and the real spying went on looking into everyone and was totally underhanded to cover ups to cheating scandals to money laundering! Obama was the worse at stealing tax payer money by making fake military excersize that didnt take place then pocket the money approved for the operations! When Killery and Obama was working together for the deep state it couldnt get any worse! We all remember the Bengazi disaster that got people killed which should have put them both in Gitmo! There still walking free stirring up chaos and stealing money and billionaires are stupid enough to give them money! Nothing but criminals with Soros as there leader. CIA, NSA, DOJ, FBI, and more need cleaned out and new rules put in place as demorats have ruined them all! Should take place when Replublicans take over and win over all the demorats cheating scandals that will take place! Billionaires already are throwing millions to demorat to cheat more elections, this is our America not theres and it’s up to you people to vote this corrupt demorat party out. If we dont we wont have a America! Look what theyve done in the last year and it will only get worse! There deliberately holding up supply chains and jacking up prices to create a recession! Demorats alway suppress America. They need to go! Like it or Not We need the Donald Thump who was his own president and made things happen while fighting the most fake scandals created by demorat players to the cia, fbi and more! He was working for america and wasnt a puppet like demorats are working for trash like Soros and the deep state players! You can stop this by not voting for demorats of any kind! We dont need them for any reason! They darn sure cant run America! It’s up to you! A Demorat Socialist Disaster with Fake News or Republican Prosperous Honest America with secure borders thats good for all!! Dont use fake Ballots! Get out and vote! No Ids No voting! Way it should be.

    1. Just for your information, US law doesn’t permit putting US citizens in GITMO unless they’re caught on a foreign battlefield with an enemy.

      As for the Obama administration, I thought there wasn’t a SMIDGEN of scandal, at least according to Mr. (intentional) Obama. I couldn’t help putting this in.

      By the way, who says they’re just trying to cause a recession? But you’re right. However, maybe they’ll cause a Depression as did FDR. Then maybe more Americans will wake up to the fact the seditionist socialist Democrats want a socialist welfare nanny one-party authoritarian state by changing the USA into the USSA.

  7. Not long ago, I had a discussion with someone who told me that they were Independents, but voted for senile/crazy joe. I asked why? The reply was that things were so much more quieter now!
    I had to walk away to keep from punching them in the face! This is the stupidity were find ourselves dealing with. Then, there’s those in the same mental situation as joe, and they think his behavior is acceptable because that happens to them everyday. You just can’t fix stupid!

  8. Our New Radicalized Far Left Marxist Socialistic Fraudulent and Criminal Government is Looking Out For Us!!!!!
    Wake Up America, We Are In Very, Very Serious, Grave and Dire Danger “From Within” and From China, O’Biden’s Ally!!!!!

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