Rep. Mike Rogers says U.S. shuttering of intelligence operation in 1929 led to World War II

Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences

The debate over the federal government’s surveillance policies — prompted by the release of National Security Agency documents taken by leaker Edward Snowden — has revived interest in a decades-old tale of spycraft…

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“After World War I, the United States returned to a policy of isolationism, in spite of the fact we were the world’s dominant power. The fact that we did not have military or intelligence capability before World War II reflects what happened to the United States after World War I — that is, back to isolationism.”

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