Is Congress Creating a Secret Police Force?

Here are the relevant sections of the 2007 Intelligence Authorization Act referenced in my “police state” post below:

The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency may issue regulations to allow personnel designated to carry out protective functions for the Central Intelligence Agency under section 5(a)(4) of the Central Intelligence Agency Act of 1949 (50 U.S.C. 403f) to, while engaged in such protective functions, make arrests without a warrant for any offense against the United States committed in the presence of such personnel, or for any felony cognizable under the laws of the United States, if such personnel have probable cause to believe that the person to be arrested has committed or is committing that felony offense.

Further down, the bill clarifies the powers of agents of the National Security Agency:

The Director of the National Security Agency may issue regulations to allow personnel designated to carry out protective functions for the Agency to–

(1) carry firearms; and

(2) make arrests without warrant for any offense against the United States committed in the presence of such personnel, or for any felony cognizable under the laws of the United States, if such personnel have probable cause to believe that the person to be arrested has committed or is committing that felony offense.

(Emphases mine.)

Excuse me, but why do operatives of the CIA and NSA need the authority to make arrests? Without warrants? Especially when the arrests are authorized for any felony, not just for activities related to terrorism?

Am I overreacting, or is a government with the power to spy on me, enter and search my home, and arrest me–all without a warrant–something to worry about?

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