• Intelligence gathering was not unknown in 1776.

    Nonetheless, the framers of the U.S. Constitution laid out provisions for a formal military (Article 1 Section 8) but give no provisions for intelligence agencies.

    It was likely assumed by the Founding Fathers intel would be forever handled as it was during the Revolution, initiated by and subject to a Constitutionally mandated military under republican democratic civilian oversight.

    The absence of a no-CIA clause does not excuse the CIA. Unspecified powers default to the individual States, and they didn't get together and Constitutionally sanction a CIA independent of the formal military, operating with great independence from the public government.

    The U.S. Constitution does specify what powers the Federal government has and actions the government cannot undertake, especially against its own citizens. The CIA hasn't exactly been a poster child for upholding and protecting Constitutional rights at home or abroad, and sometimes demands their violation.

    The CIA is a product of Statute law, under the National Security Act 1947, curiously divorced from the official military.

    The preceding Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was Constitutional, as it was formed and operated under the Joints Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. War Department.

    This does not preclude a future Constitutional amendment allowing a central intelligence organization, as an official branch or function of government. The argument perhaps can be made for such things, but not without intelligent public debate and extensive freely-given support from the general public and constitutional scholars.

    However, for now there appears to be no U.S. Constitutional sanction for the CIA as it operates today under any specific or implied provision.

    Therefore, the CIA is unconstitutional, as it does not uphold or represent the U.S. Constitution in any positive meaningful sense and is not itself operating under any specific or implied Constitutional provision.

  • Yes it is unconstitutional

    I believe that is corrupt and egotistical and unconstitutional for the reason that they keep info on you they spy on you we have a right to privacy. They monitor your emails, the internet. They know where you live how much money you make etc. This fascist regime is making technology to read your minds at a distance from 166 yards away. I wish that we would have never allowed it to be created. American citizen's have the highest rates of unknowlegable espionage against them. It needs to be gone.

  • Maybe under the Necessary and Proper Clause, but that's a stretch

    Article 1, Section 8 enumerates the entirety of Congress' powers with the exception of those enumerated in Amendments 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 23, 24, and 26, which are very specific. The only one that could possibly authorize the C.I.A. Is the Necessary and Proper clause of Article 1 Section 8 as it relates to raising and supporting Armies and maintaining a Navy, which are also enumerated powers. However, since the C.I.A. Has no formal, permanent relationship to those organization, it can hardly be called an appropriate means to that Constitutional end, let alone a necessary and proper one. Therefore, no, the C.I.A. Is not Constitutional.

  • They Have Been Fundamental.

    The CIA is fundamental to the United States, as they help to defend the nation not only against threats from outside our nation, but also from threats inside. They help our military in different operations. The only aspect that concerns me now is the fact that they are often contacted by the President for missions, and now with the government passing new laws limiting the American peoples freedoms and liberties, I fear the CIA will be asked to handle people who oppose the new rules imposed by the government.

  • No, not that I know of.

    And even if it were unconstitutional, I doubt anything would be done about it. They're our secret apparition network across the globe providing crucial intelligence about dozens of nations on a daily basis. Could we really deem that unconstitutional? Could we really deem the defense of our nation through a secret network unconstitutional? I don't think so.

  • The CIA is not unconstitutional.

    No, the CIA is not unconstitutional. However, some of their practices are. They've never had a strong code of ethics. However, some of the so-called "privacy laws" passed during the last Bush administration has sanctioned many of their unethical practices. Their main purpose is to protect us by secretly gathering information about events that may be harmful to the United States. But, I do believe that the manner in which the CIA carries out some of their missions borders on diabolical.

  • No, its existence isn't.

    My guess is that there is nothing in the constitution that would forbid the existence of an agency such as the CIA. Its primary role is intelligence gathering in defense of the country. I imagine back even so far as when the constitution was being written there were people whose assigned role was to gather information, they just didn't have an agency. Like any agency with immense powers at their disposal they might be inclined to overstep an individual's rights, so they should be subject to an oversight committee and held accountable at some level, but their mere existence is not unconstitutional.

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