Peter Nicholls/Reuters The mission of the CIA is to learn the plans and intentions of foreign individuals and countries that can affect the well-being of the United States.
But every operation the CIA takes, every capability the CIA develops, is assessed for its legality in advance of the operation, or the deployment of the capability.
The allegation that the CIA—part of the “deep state”—is working to undermine the president by tapping his phones (made by the man sitting in the White House himself) are based upon the conspiracy theories of the fascistic, anti-democratic and profoundly un-American far right, which demonizes institutions of law and democracy in favor of, well, what in another country and time was referred to as the mythical volk—the “people,” which, so goes the “theory,” only the “leader” can represent.
The Wikileaks crisis and the denigration of the integrity of the U.S.
As a result, the arguments of the cynics and critics of American democracy and intelligence services seem to be proven: Our institutions, branches of government, and even democracy cannot be trusted.