Two sitting US senators warn Americans that the CIA is spying on them once again.
• Senator Wyden and Heinrich allege that the CIA is again conducting warrantless surveillance of Americans in a newly disclosed program.
• The CIA declassified one of the programs this week but failed to declass the second.
• Wyden and Heinrich said by failing to do so, the Agency was “undermining democratic oversight and posing risks to the long-term credibility of the Intelligence Community.”
• In a letter to spy officials, the two democrats called on the Agency to declassify details of both programs
• Democrat Senators Wyden of Oregon and Heinrich of New Mexico sit on the Senate Intelligence Committee.
• The senators said in a statement: The American public deserves to know “the nature and full extent” of the surveillance, which is all but certain to include records on Americans.
• Officially, the CIA and NSA have a foreign surveillance and domestic spying ban due to the CIA’s own 1947 charter.
• A government watchdog group disclosed two CIA data collection efforts that Senators Wyden and Heinrich now claim are likely to subject Americans to warrantless searches again.
• The CIA has not formally responded to the senators’ letter.
Kristi Scott, the Agency’s privacy and civil liberties officer, said in a statement, “the CIA recognizes and takes very seriously our obligation to respect the privacy and civil liberties of US persons.”
They went on to say, “CIA is committed to transparency consistent with our obligation to protect intelligence sources and methods,”
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