In the 1970s after Watergate, the Senate held hearings that showed the NSA had been spying on citizens. And Congress enacted laws to control it. Journalist Tim Weiner says that's the type of openness the US needs now.
A group of 11 Secret Service agents are on a paid suspension while the agency investigates allegations of excessive drinking and prostitution while the agents were in Colombia in advance of President Barack Obama's trip there for the Summit of the Americas.
As director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover created the modern idea of counter terrorism. His tactics included measures which overruled the constitution and discarded individual freedoms. In Enemies: A History of the FBI, author Tim Weiner used recently declassified intelligence files to write a comprehensive history of the FBI.