After more than a decade of the FBI and the alphabet agencies routinely using illegal intel on Americans to control us, I wondered what it would be like to put a stop to it. So, this is a thought experiment because, let’s face it, what we’re talking about is as theoretical as contemplating faster than light space travel.
First off, who could do it? We saw Donald Trump successfully stopped in his attempts to even install a functioning attorney general. Twice! So, I guess the first question is would a president on his own be able to clean out the intelligence agencies? Would he need supermajorities in the Congress and a friendly Supreme Court?
Actually, I don’t think he would. What he would need is the military on his side. Because I think the only thing that could bring these agencies to heel is the threat of military force. If the FBI saw a brigade of US soldiers backed up by a tank or two, I think they’d stand down.
And that is what I’d suggest is the way to do it. My guess at a plan is to announce to the country that I am demanding the resignation of the top three tiers of organization of the Justice Department, the FBI, the CIA, the NSA and the rest of the intel agencies and I would warn them that if they didn’t comply within a day, they would be escorted out by armed troops.
Then I would appoint some interim personnel to dig down and eliminate anyone who wouldn’t immediately cooperate with the new authority being established. Following that I’d find any existing personnel who would be willing to provide information on the “Resistance.” And I would quickly move onto prosecuting the people responsible for the heinous events of the last few years.
After that I’d say the priority would be to pull the teeth of the beast. The Patriot Act needs to be declared unconstitutional and the intelligence apparatus needs to learn again that American citizens actually have the freedoms enumerated in the Bill of Rights including the ones having to do with unlawful search.
By the way, I’m fully aware that the people who run these agencies will us every means within their control to destroy the people attempting to bring them down. Threats and leaks of embarrassing or criminal conduct are sure to be used. I wouldn’t be surprised if assassination were to be used. After all the CIA specializes in that sort of thing.
What kind of a man would have the wherewithal to implement such an action? First of all, he would need a team. Whoever is selected to be the attorney general must be willing to stand up against the threats and coercion that will be thrown at him. It’s obvious that Trump’s first attorney general Jeff Sessions was cowed by pressure that was brought to bear against him. My guess is that they had embarrassing or criminal evidence against him and used it to force him to give up control of the Justice Department to the office holders that Obama had in place.
He’ll also need IT resources to investigate the tangled and troubling data collection capabilities that the agencies and the tech companies have assembled. That will be a monumental job.
And finally, it will require taking back control of the borders and identifying all the illegal aliens residing in the country. These individuals are the real threat to our security. If a terrorist threat appears that is where it will come from. The FBI and CIA should be concentrating on non-citizens and using the high-tech gadgetry they possess to preventing the next Sept. 11 attack coming from foreign agents, not spying on innocent Americans whose only sin is not being Democrats.