The popular former judge also shared with Howse the story behind his January 13 article entitled "A Republic of Spies" at JudgeNap.com. Napolitano, senior judicial analyst at Fox News from 1997 to 2021, said the article is about the CIA spying on Americans.
"If you go back and look at the legislation that [former President] Harry Truman signed in 1947, when we transferred from a free country to a surveillance state, the legislation establishing the intelligence community, it expressly says the CIA shall have no authority in the United States, and shall gather no intelligence from anywhere in the United States," Napolitano said during the January 18 episode of "World View Report" on Brighteon.TV.
Napolitano also cited an incident where former CIA Director David Petraeus gave a "secret" speech that was recorded by one of the CIA agents and the word eventually got out.
In that speech, Petraeus said: "Guess what, we can attach our microwaves to every computer chip in your house. So we know when you're using your microwave and your dishwasher."
"Why the heck would the CIA need to know that? That's not the point. The point is, why are they making experiments on what they can do in our homes? They're not allowed to do anything in the United States. The CIA is physically present in every one of the 50 statehouses in the state capitals in the United States, even though their charter expressly forbids that. What are they doing? They are spying," Napolitano said.
Napolitano's article also revealed that the CIA has rivals in the government for the acquisition of intelligence data. And they include the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which admitted to funding and empowering 16 domestic intelligence agencies or spies next door.
According to Napolitano, the most notorious of these intelligence gathering agencies is the NSA, which employs over 60,000 individuals – mostly civilians with military leadership.
The author of nine books about the U.S. Constitution said that he learned about it from governors who told him that they are aware of the presence of the CIA. He added that these CIA operatives will continue to operate even if they are kicked out from the states since there will always be a "covert" successor.
Howse asked Napolitano how many of the members of Congress, Senate and state legislatures have been developed, groomed and put where they are by the CIA.
"I think they've been developed and groomed and put where they are by the Deep State because it's not just the CIA. The NSA is five times the size of the CIA. The NSA has 60,000 domestic spies working for it. This is the group that Edward Snowden [an American former computer intelligence consultant] worked for," Napolitano clarified.
"We wouldn't know any of this, that they capture every keystroke on every mobile device and every desktop, even if you think you've deleted something, they have the record of it. The only reason we know this is because Snowden blew the whistle.
"They chased him to Hong Kong, they chased him to Moscow. The poor kid, he's got to spend the rest of his life in Moscow of all places, because the Feds have indicted him. But what he did was to perform a great service for us because though the spies are still there, we now know they are there. And it doesn't change."
Napolitano added that this is the group of people – the intelligence community – which tormented former President Donald Trump. (Related: Judge Napolitano urges Republicans to release explosive, classified “FISA memo” on House floor: "Public is entitled to know.")
"They tried to get him thrown out of office. He triumphed over their efforts all the time. They intimidate members of Congress to vote the way they want them to vote because they know everything about them," said Napolitano, the youngest life-tenured Superior Court judge in the history of the state of New Jersey.
Napolitano also described a government behavior known as "chilling" in which the intelligence community uses intimidation to get Americans to self-censor.
"The Supreme Court has a doctrine called chilling. Chilling occurs when the government engages in behavior that makes you think twice before you exercise your fundamental liberties. So if you're at a political rally, and the guy next to you is an FBI agent and the people on the other side of viewers are NSA agents, you're probably going to think twice before you say what you want to say," the former judge said.
"That's not America. The Supreme Court has condemned showing that is as destructive of freedom as if they made it unlawful for you to assemble of that political rally. The DOJ [Department of Justice] announced it's going to create a new division in there to look at domestic terrorism. What does that mean? That means that every conservative and every Republican and every libertarian rally in the country will be infiltrated by FBI agents."
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