Change Versus Continuity at Obama's CIA

9 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2009

Date Written: July 1, 2009


Sweeping change is necessary at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). During President Barack Obama‘s transition into office, change should go deeper than usual between administrations. To restore the trust of the American people and to regain the confidence of the international community, the CIA needs to do better. I will outline three areas for legislative change relating to my former employer, the CIA. The first proposal is to have a national security court for the trials of terrorists. The second is to permit the CIA to continue to have an exception to pursue aggressive interrogations with a lot of oversight and checks. The third is to continue the process of rendition or the transfer of suspected terrorists with more oversight and checks.

Keywords: Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, national security court, oversight, rendition, enhanced interrogations

Suggested Citation

Radsan, Afsheen John, Change Versus Continuity at Obama's CIA (July 1, 2009). Regent University Law Review, Vol. 21, No. 2, 2008-2009, William Mitchell Legal Studies Research Paper No. 118, Available at SSRN:

Afsheen John Radsan (Contact Author)

William Mitchell College of Law ( email )

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