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Intelligence Agency Investigations

On August 25, 2009, it was announced that Eric Holder, Attorney General of the U.S., would be opening an investigation into whether or not CIA interrogators broke the law in the interrogation of terror suspects.

Following the downfall of Richard Nixon in the Watergate scandal, a reform Congress was ushered in, and with it came congressional investigations into the CIA's activities - including domestic spying on Americans, harassment and targeting of individuals and groups, assassination plots targeting foreign leaders, and the infiltration and manipulation of business and the media, among others.

The Intelligence Agency Investigations starting point explores the various Committees that investigated intelligence agency abuses, and provides links to valuable and informative documents, as well as selected essays and books for recommended reading.

Today, revelations of abuse and corruption on the part of our government institutions are met largely with indifference. Is this due to increased realism and feelings of powerlessness? Regardless, it's cause for alarm, because as the saying goes, those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

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