The “Grand Bargain” at Risk: What’s at Stake When the President Alleges Politics in Intelligence
Jack Goldsmith, Benjamin Wittes Tue, Apr 4, 2017, 2:39 PM
The U.S. intelligence community is on the verge of a crisis of confidence and legitimacy it has not experienced since the 1970s. Back then, the crisis was one of the community’s own behavior. In the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s the intelligence community used its secret powers of surveillance and other forms of government coercion—often but not always at the behest of its political superiors—to spy on and engage in operations against Americans for political ends.