Shock resounded through America when it was learned that waterboarding and rendition were among the international crimes being conducted on the pretext of fighting the war on terror.
The 9/11 tragedies had been used in addition to generating the Iraq War to justify virtually any action, no matter how contrary to the U.S. Constitution and international law.
The government run by executive office signing statements engaged in preventive detention, electronic surveillance and dropping into residences when the occupants are out, all without court orders.
There was even the removal of materials to be later used as evidence without legal remedy based on these home invasions, the same province that was supposed to be a citizen's castle.
In addition, there was rummaging through library records of private citizens once again without a court order signed by a magistrate.
Veteran Washington journalist Seymour Hersh, a muckraker in the best tradition of I.F. Stone, sparked a firestorm when he revealed the kind of egregious violations of international law being conducted abroad in the "spirit of 9/11" through waterboarding and rendition.
The CIA was created by the National Security Act of 1947. The reason stated by President Harry Truman for creating it was to have a separate agency available to engage in intelligence activity. The genie was out of the bottle and an international calamity was unleashed under the guise of protecting U.S. national security.
The pretext used by agency operatives to operate willy-nilly in America's presumed interest was one snippet of language in the National Security Act's defining document that the CIA could "perform such other functions and duties " as the National Security Council may from time to time direct."