Would it be good for the US to have a domestic intelligence agency similar to Britain's MI5? by Tony Garcia
Answer by Tony Garcia:
The United States already has a nationwide domestic intelligence agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or FBI, established in 1908.
The charter of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) restricts it to foreign intelligence activities. However, the Agency has long had a division, the Domestic Operations Division, that has engaged in turf battles with the FBI over domestic intelligence collection.
The post-9/11 geopolitical climate has reordered the national security agenda, forging stronger partnerships between the 17 intelligence agencies within the U.S. governement.
Self-serving note: The fictionalized activities of CIA’s Domestic Operations Division have been dramatized into a one-hour television series that I’ve written entitled Cool Gray Dawn. The teleplays for the first full season, 13 episodes comprising the years 1959–1960, are on my blog: