The retiring Congressman Ron Paul has long made known his opposition to the federal reserve and the CIA. In a recent comment he pulled the two together titling a post on his website as ”The CIA Is Every Bit as Secretive as the Federal Reserve.”
Paul cited a Washington Post article posted Saturday that described how the Department of Defense’s Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) was sending close to 1,600 spies overseas in the name of national security and thwarting emerging threats. Paul wrote on his website:
Thousands of new DIA spies are to be hired and placed undercover to help foment even more covert wars and coups in foreign lands. Where will it all end?
Greg Miller for the Washington Post wrote with the changes expected for the DIA, it will rival the CIA in size. Here’s more from Miller’s article on the agency’s transformation:
The sharp increase in DIA undercover operatives is part of a far-reaching trend: a convergence of the military and intelligence agencies that has blurred their once-distinct missions, capabilities and even their leadership ranks.
Through its drone program, the CIA now accounts for a majority of lethal U.S. operations outside the Afghan war zone. At the same time, the Pentagon’s plan to create what it calls the Defense Clandestine Service, or DCS, reflects the military’s latest and largest foray into secret intelligence work.
The DIA overhaul — combined with the growth of the CIA since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — will create a spy network of unprecedented size. The plan reflects the Obama administration’s affinity for espionage and covert action over conventional force. It also fits in with the administration’s efforts to codify its counterterrorism policies for a sustained conflict and assemble the pieces abroad necessary to carry it out.