Efforts to protect the Constitution “may be fueled by our adversaries”
CIA boss John Brennan said Monday violating the Fourth Amendment and eliminating the privacy of virtually every American will be required if the United States hopes to stop attacks by the Islamic State.
The Fourth Amendment (Amendment IV) to the United States Constitution is the part of the Bill of Rights that prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures and requires any warrant to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause.
He said recent proposed NSA reforms and a return to the principles enshrined in the Constitution will “make our ability collectively, internationally to find these terrorists much more challenging.”
The CIA director mentioned the Islamic State. “I would anticipate that this is not the only operation ISIL has in the pipeline,” Brennan said in remarks delivered at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “It’s not going to content itself with violence inside of the Syrian and Iraqi borders.”
Brennan’s comments follow the release of a video attributed to the Islamic State.
“We say to the states that take part in the crusader campaign that, by God, you will have a day God willing, like France’s and by God, as we struck France in the center of its abode in Paris, then we swear that we will strike America at its center in Washington,” a man in the video states.
It is not certain if the video was produced by ISIS, its followers and supporters, or a third party. The legitimacy of previous videos is in question.
After the attacks in Paris, authorities in Europe and the United States claimed the terrorists used encrypted communication technology.
The New York Times, however, reports no evidence was provided to support the claim.
During the Intelligence & National Security Summit in September, officials from the FBI, CIA, NSA, NGO, DIA, and NRO decried the “deep cynicism” of the American people over surveillance.
Brennan said negative public opinion and “misunderstanding” about the intelligence community is in part “because of people who are trying to undermine” the efforts of the NSA, CIA, FBI and other agencies.
Brennan suggested efforts to regain privacy and protect constitutional liberties “may be fueled by our adversaries.”