by Reason Staff
Reason.com Full Feed / 2017-03-09 06:18
If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, then the congressional reforms passed in the wake of Richard Nixon’s notorious presidency — which included the use of federal intelligence agencies to do his dirty work — took a bad situation and made it inarguably worse.
In a new column for Reason, Andrew Napolitano writes:
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which Congress passed in the aftermath of President Richard Nixon’s use of the CIA and the FBI to spy on his political opponents, has unleashed demons that now seem beyond the government’s control and are more pervasive than anything Nixon could have dreamed of.
This realization came to a boiling point last weekend when President Donald Trump accused former President Barack Obama of monitoring his telephone calls during the 2016 presidential election campaign. Can a U.S. president legally spy on a political opponent or any other person in America without any suspicion, probable cause or warrant from a judge? In a word, yes.