Bernie Sanders is in good company.
In 1945 Harry Truman initially rejected proposals for a peacetime secret intelligence agency saying he didn’t want to create “an American Gestapo.”
In 1961 John F. Kennedy famously described his desire to “splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds” after the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.
In 1963, a month after JFK was killed under suspicious circumstances–and the CIA’s cover-up of malfeasance in the wrongful death of the president was just beginning–Truman called for the abolition of the clandestine service.
Ten years later, in 1974, Bernie Sanders echoed Truman. Now Sander’s idea has been revived again, and Hilary Clinton senses a talking point. But she should answer the implicit question: How well are we really served by our clandestine service?