When I wrote my last memo I didn’t know that it was part of a wider maelstrom.
It’s clear that the Truisms of all American (cum British) lying are abound; with definitional lying at the fore.
In my Era, pre 911, via 2 layers of Anglo-American (unofficially well coordinated) small contractors, each agency would have the other (small contractor) do metadata collection (on each other’s citizens)
This all went away post 911, when each agency could do it officially (whereas before metadata was legally grey)
What was retained, post 911, was the apparatus of grey ness.
Beware trump, with his CIA and NSA versions of his preatorian guards. Now beholden to the new emporer, the old guard may be lynched; Such is the nature of raw naked (super secret) power.