The Director of National Intelligence oversees a huge range of spying activities, some of it constitutional, some of it unconstitutional. In the unconstitutional category, there’s the immense electronic surveillance network that’s been set up to grab and sort information from Americans’ cell phone calls, emails, electronic financial transactions, GPS and Internet use – all done without a search warrant.
That kind of Big Brother spying doesn’t come cheaply. According to the 2010 Secrecy Report Card from Open The Government, spending in 2009 for the Director of National Intelligence was $75 billion.
Here’s common ground that deficit hawks and civil libertarians ought to be able to agree upon: Cut the funding for the Director of National Intelligence to pay only for constitutional spying against America’s true foes, and the American people will be much better off.