Congress has just passed one of the worst bills ever devised. It is the Intelligence Authorization Act of 2001, which quietly adds powers to the Executive Branch that will extend unprecedented powers to the presidency and all but destroy the cause of intelligence reform.

It could not send out a clearer message: this congress intends to give the executive branch and the intelligence community unprecedented power to keep and enforce secrecy. Make no mistake, in a free society, secrecy is cancer, and our republic has the disease.
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