The Office of the Director of Intelligence has taken the unprecedented measure to undermine the Central Intelligence Agency. In March of 2014 The Office of the Director of Intelligence issued a heavily redacted version of its Intelligence Community Directive 304 on Human Intelligence. The new report contained additional redactions in addition to those in 2008. This is important to the very power structure of our nations intelligence structure since the Cold War. It appears that the goal is the idea that ODI is clearly reestablishing the role of the Central Intelligence Agency as the primary facilitator of US HUMINT manager. The change was established early in the Bush administration. According to the Central Intelligence Agency website its primary role is to assist the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in the following duties. Collecting intelligence through human sources and other means, without the power of law enforcement and subpoena. Correlating and evaluating intelligence relating to agendas such as national security and the dissemination of information gathered. Provide the overall direction of national intelligence to various government. Performing any and all duties related to the national intelligence directive.
The CIA approaches its duties with the mission to design and distribute in a customized manner intelligence products to various US agencies for the of our nations national security. It is Clausewitz’s third Principle that give the Central Intelligence Agency its mandate, “war tends to favor the party employing more force and resources.” Intelligence is key to form an effective tactical interception or counter measure to possible threats, weather they be narcotic, financial, environmental or military.
The Shift in power was initiated during the Bush administration used its powers to completely circumvent congress in 2003. Even before there were decades of legislation. The USA PATRIOT Act follows a series of previous acts that are related to the investigations of foreign intelligence. In 1978, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) was passed to produce legal guidelines for federal investigations of foreign intelligence targets. Among the rules put in place were regulations governing: Only foreign powers or agents of foreign powers were to be subject to FISA investigations. Thus, targets are primarily those foreign persons who are engaged in espionage or international terrorism. Section 6001 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, expanded FISA to permit targeting of so-called “lone wolf” terrorists without requiring any showing that they are members of a terrorist group or agents of such a group or of any other foreign power.
The USA Act (Public Law 107-56) was passed on October 12, 2001, and subsequently folded into the USA PATRIOT Act. Under the USA Act, a terrorist who was not an agent of a foreign power could be the target of a federal investigation of foreign intelligence. The Financial Anti-Terrorism Act was passed on October 17, 2001 and was later transformed into the USA PATRIOT Act. It increases the federal government’s powers to investigate and prosecute the financial supporters of terrorism. The provisions that were established through the act were defined as need for a clearer definition of electronic surveillance, expansion of the biological weapons statues, Immunity under Title 18 Section 1983 for law enforcement who execute wiretaps under the FISA law and The inclusion of the Financial Anti-Terrorism Act. The Bush administration focused on the these particular powers in titles X, IV, and II due to their importance of the war planed they and military leaders developed to protect our country.
When it comes to budgetary issues. The Defense Authorization Act allocates billions in discretionary spending to the DNI and the DOD. Much of which is spent with contractors. In 2007 The DNI lobbied Congress for more transparent and reaching power over the 16 various intelligence agencies. Due to White house politics to wind down what it perceived to be a militarized and invasive DOD the Defense Authorization Act was reauthorized without such previsions. According to the Congressional Research Report in FY 2008 the new controlled Democratically lead House Intelligence committee in a stunning reversal actually reduced various DNI powers and expressed what to many was reputation by stating “ The DNI has done a poor job at overseeing the various agencies with powers granted”. The same report also outlined that in 2009 Congress failed to act on the Intelligence Authorization. It is without question that even today there is still a disconnect between the DNI and the various agencies that operate with the Intelligence community.