Monday, July 4, 2011

Excerpt from "Final Report Of The Select Committee To Study Governmental Operations With Respect To Intelligence Activities"...April 26, 1976

"We reject the view that the traditional American principles of justice and fair play have no place in our struggle against the enemies of freedom.  Moreover, our investigation has established that the targets of intelligence activity have ranged far beyond persons who could properly be characterized as enemies of freedom and have extended to a wide array of citizens engaging in lawful activity".

 "The violent acts of political terrorists can seriously endanger the rights of Americans.  Carefully focused intelligence investigations can help prevent such acts.  But too often intelligence has lost this focus; and domestic intelligence activities have invaded individual privacy and violated the rights of lawful assembly and political expression.  Unless new and tighter controls are established by legislation, domestic intelligence activities threaten to undermine our democratic society and fundamentally alter it's nature".

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