November 02, 2005
Undercover Spies with Secret Prisons
If you have secret government employees whose activities are hidden, you end up with atrocities like secret prisons. Civil rights don't operate if the public doesn't know what government does.
If America eliminated all undercover operations, would there be losses for the country? Possibly, although there's damn little to show what the US has gained from decades of blunders, coups and creating hatred of the United States due to CIA operations.
But there's a stronger argument to be made that we as a country would lose little from ending such illegal undercover activities, and would regain some measure of democratic accountability by the executive branch.
Posted by Nathan at November 2, 2005 12:42 PM