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Pentagon Seeks to Expand Domestic Counter-Intelligence Role

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posted on Nov, 27 2005 @ 03:06 PM
The Pentagon seeks to expand the domestic role of its Counter-Intelligence Field Activity (CIFA) agency. The proposed legislation would allow CIFA to monitor crimes such as treason, terrorism and sabotage within the US. CIFA would also coordinate domestic intelligence from a number of other agencies.
U.S. spy programs within U.S. expanded
WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- The Defense Department has expanded programs aimed at gathering and analyzing intelligence within the United States, it was reported Sunday.
The moves create new agencies, add personnel and seek additional legal authority for domestic security activities in the post-9/11 world, the Washington Post said.

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The Role of CIFA has been slowly expanding in the past year (see URL below). Since 9/11, significant pressures exist to blur the formerly clear distinction between domestic and foreign enforcement arms of the executive branch. Recent debates about the Posse Comitatus in the wake of Hurricane Rita have added to this confusion.

The US public are finding themselves calling for security measures that, without proper safegards can also serve as the pillars of a police state. The debate over the degree to which liberty must be sacrificed in the name of security continues and will be interesting to watch.

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[edit on 30-11-2005 by asala]

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