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USA  has two overgrown useless Intelligence Agencies

I would maintain that we have too many agents and not enough actual workers. Two large overgrown useless entities.

Point in Question- the Russian hacking. At the oversight committee question and answer I have never in all my life heard such utter nonsensical replies to so many nonsensical questions.

Whatever happened to straight talk.

They spend their time thinking how to say something without actually saying anything. It is maddening.

The Ft/ Lauderdale attack was a case of complete and utter disgraceful negligence. It should never have happened. We have two agencies not communicating and certainly sitting on their butts doing very little to protect the American citizens.

The major functions of the FBI are to:

Conduct professional investigations and authorized intelligence collection to identify and counter the threat posed by domestic and international terrorists and their supporters within the United States, and to pursue extraterritorial criminal investigations to bring the perpetrators of terrorist acts to justice.

In furtherance of this function, the FBI designs, develops, and implements counter terrorism initiatives which enhance the FBI’s ability to minimize the terrorist threat.This was an absolute failure in the Ft. Lauderdale shooting.

• Protect the United States from terrorist attack;
• Protect the United States against foreign intelligence operations and espionage;
• Protect the United States against cyber-based attacks and high-technology crimes;
• Combat public corruption at all levels;
• Protect civil rights;
• Combat transnational and national criminal organizations and enterprises;
• Combat major white-collar crime;
• Combat significant violent crime;
• Support federal, state, county, municipal, and international partners; and to
• Upgrade technology to successfully perform the FBI’s mission.

CIA’s primary mission is to collect, analyze, evaluate, and disseminate foreign intelligence to assist the President and senior US government policymakers in making decisions relating to national security. This is a very complex process and involves a variety of steps.

First, we have to identify a problem or an issue of national security concern to the US government. In some cases, CIA is directed to study an intelligence issue—such as what activities terrorist organizations are planning, or how countries that have biological or chemical weapons plan to use these weapons—then we look for a way to collect information about the problem.

After the information is collected, intelligence analysts pull together the relevant information from all available sources and assess what is happening, why it is happening, what might occur next, and what it means for US interests. The result of this analytic effort is timely and objective assessments, free of any political bias, provided to senior US policymakers in the form of finished intelligence products that include written reports and oral briefings. One of these reports is the President’s Daily Brief (PDB), an Intelligence Community product, which the US president and other senior officials receive each day.

It is important to know that CIA analysts only report the information and do not make policy recommendations—making policy is left to agencies such as the State Department and Department of Defense. These policymakers use the information that CIA provides to help them formulate US policy toward other countries.

It is also important to know that CIA is not a law enforcement organization. That is the job of the FBI; however, the CIA and the FBI cooperate on a number of issues, such as counterintelligence and counterterrorism.

Additionally, the CIA may also engage in covert action at the President’s direction and in accordance with applicable law.

The US Congress has had oversight responsibility of the CIA since the Agency was established in 1947. However, prior to the mid-1970’s, oversight was less formal. The 1980 Intelligence Oversight Act charged the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) with authorizing the programs of the intelligence agencies and overseeing their activities.

Far too many agencies and they are all failing at every turn.

Look at the number of internal attacks we have had in the last 8 years.

Sheer utter negligence and incompetence.

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