Demand a Senate Investigation into America's Secret Government

Senator Dianne Feinstein's allegations that the CIA spied on a Senate investigation of torture under the Bush administration raise serious questions regarding the separation of powers and Congress's ability to monitor our intelligence agencies. And the allegations are only the latest in a series of revelations that show that the United States' secret government is out of control. From our country's actions in the years following 9/11 to the mass surveillance exposed by Edward Snowden, the need for a full accounting of the abuses of our intelligence agencies has become crystal clear.

In the mid-1970s, a Senate select committee known as the Church Committee uncovered CIA plans to assassinate foreign leaders and FBI spying on and intimidation of peace and civil rights activists, including Martin Luther King, Jr.. Recently, Frederick A.O. Schwarz Jr., the chief counsel for that committee and recent recipient of the Ridenhour Courage Prize, took to the pages of The Nation to call for a "new Church Committee," one that would serve as "a new nonpartisan, fact-based and comprehensive investigation of our secret government."

The need for more comprehensive scrutiny of our intelligence operations becomes more apparent every day. Join The Nation and Daily Kos in calling on Congress to launch an independent investigation into America's secret government.

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