An Overdue Overhaul of U.S. Spy Agencies

Recent leaks about Uncle Sam’s Big Brother tactics will spur the first major reforms in four decades.

In the wake of Edward Snowden’s disclosures about the extent of the federal government’s spying on both its own citizens and foreign officials, look for the White House to announce the creation of a blue-ribbon panel to reform and rein in the web of U.S. intelligence agencies.

Americans don’t want their privacy to become collateral damage in the war on terror, and an increasing number of them are demanding to know how the government spies on them and how much the National Security Agency is engaging in cyber-based cloak-and-dagger activities. Many go further, insisting that Washington simply stop prying into their lives.

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Kenneth R. Bazinet
Associate Editor, The Kiplinger Letter