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The Central Intelligence Agency, tasked with gathering, processing, and analyzing national security information from around the world. The CIA has no law enforcement function and is mainly focused on overseas intelligence gathering, with extremely limited domestic intelligence collection allowed. While there are many highly competent people doing their best to protect our country, there seems to be extreme dysfunction at the top, as they are a clown car of incompetence for the last generation.
The CIA is responsible for spying on our friends and enemies alike, and keeping our leaders informed about global situations and what's really going on. So when you have the CCP (China) lying to WHO about a SARS/Corona virus they were studying in a lab in Wuhan, and it got out into the general population, and they're burning the evidence and disappearing whistleblowers -- it is the CIA's job to make sure the President/Administration/Congress knows what the fuck is going on. The CDC handles the response to it, but the CIA gives us the intelligence to make informed decisions. They were completely absent on the whole COVID mess. This makes the Iraq War, Bush lied...
fiasco (where George Tenet said, "WMD's were a slam dunk") look like it was competent.
One of the dumbest arguments about the Iraq War is "Bush lie, people died". When people use children's bumper sticker slogan in place of rational arguments, I tend to treat them accordingly. The medias and their meme is that Bush intentionally lied by listening to all the intelligence agencies in the world saying the same things: that Saddam had WMD's. And because one line in a 30 minute speech mentioned one of the many
justifications for war as WMD's, that it invalidates everything else. But all that argument proves is that they're not yet ready to join the rational adult conversations on the topic.
This is my rambling about the philosophy of Goverment. These are ideals. Pragmatically, we are forced to accept a little bit of wrong, and life is more gray than black and white, but ideally we should glance at the ideals to understand how far we are willing to compromise on them. Read this with that balance in mind. This is also from a very American point of view, most Europeans don't understand our Liberty or our Declaration of Independence.