In light of the recent WikiLeaks release regarding the CIA and the inner workings of the CCI (Center for Cyber Intelligence) along with the hacking tools utilized by the CIA, the American people grow ever so skeptical of their government. However, I’m not here to berate our nation and the CIA; quite the contrary, as it is the leakers that should be chastised for jeopardizing national security.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for combating corruption in government, but this isn’t it. The idea of intelligence agencies having tools to surveil individuals and capture data should be self-evident to the general populace. These tools are necessary to trace criminals and obtain valuable information that may aid in the prevention of any terrorist attack against the American people. The CIA aims to secure the nation from any looming threats thus requiring the DDI (Directorate of Digital Innovation) along with its many subsidiaries to strive to remain at the forefront of technological innovation / progress. The American people have to remember that criminals also own iPhones, Samsung Televisions, etc.
On the other hand, the CIA may be stepping over its boundaries and onto the NSA’s by developing their own fleet of hackers and bypassing the need to cooperate with another federal agency. This is where the line becomes blurry as the need to develop your own private NSA unit denotes to nefarious motives being at play as another agency would better ensure that the other doesn’t step over its legal limitations. Agencies shouldn’t be perceiving one another as rivals, but instead allies with a powerful synergy.
So, did the CIA step over the law? As far as I can see, no it didn’t. The leaks elucidate the tools at the CIA’s disposal, but doesn’t necessarily point to the CIA breaking any laws with the development and use of these tools. I understand the fear in many following the Edward Snowden leaks regarding the NSA and its implementation of mass surveillance within its agenduum, but feel compelled to state that this is indeed typical behavior of a government — protecting its people and country at all costs.
In the end, it is still too early to make any conclusive judgement on the CIA and its efforts as WikiLeaks has only published part one of the documents involving the Directorate of Digital Innovation. However, it is important to understand that the ill-intentions of a few doesn’t necessarily represent the whole. And with that, there is no direct need to “…splinter the C.I.A. in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds.”