Wednesday, July 21, 2010

It is 2010 do you know what your government is up to?

The ODNI Org Chart

They who would trade liberty for security soon have none and deserve neither.-- (Both Franklin 1775 and Thomas Jefferson said variations of this about the same time of the Founding of the United States)
I’ve read the brief Washington Times’ Quin Hillyer article entitled, “Is Wash Post harming intelligence work?” It included memo embedded in it allegedly from Mission Support Center of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Hillyer questioned whether rival paper the Washington Post’s two-year investigative report on secrecy in the federal government was somehow compromising National Security. (see article)

The short answer is no, it is not!

And in response I say the question ought to be—is anyone going to do enough to protect the American people from this unprecedented build up of federal power? (see :21sec video)

Presently there is a move afoot to amass power in the federal government. The FCC just claimed power over Internet providers (see article)
The Senate just gave the President power to shut down the internet. (see article)

Over every sphere of American life, from what we eat to how we think, the federal government is encroaching into places that the founding fathers specifically designed the Bill of Rights and Constitution to prevent it from doing as long as we are the United States of America. What ’s more, those in the government are using National Security concerns to do it.

The fact that this administration promised to be the most transparent administration in the history of the United States lends itself to a curtain irony when we find out by the reporting of Dana Priest and William Arkin that this government is spending billions upon billions of dollars dedicated to secrecy. (see article)

Nine days after the attacks, Congress committed $40 billion beyond what was in the federal budget to fortify domestic defenses and to launch a global offensive against al-Qaeda. It followed that up with an additional $36.5 billion in 2002 and $44 billion in 2003. That was only a beginning.

With the quick infusion of money, military and intelligence agencies multiplied. Twenty-four organizations were created by the end of 2001, including the Office of Homeland Security and the Foreign Terrorist Asset Tracking Task Force. In 2002, 37 more were created to track weapons of mass destruction, collect threat tips and coordinate the new focus on counter-terrorism. That was followed the next year by 36 new organizations; and 26 after that; and 31 more; and 32 more; and 20 or more each in 2007, 2008 and 2009.—Dana Priest and William Arkin

Does this portend of the Obama Civil Security force that is just as powerful, just as strong and just as well funded as the military? Just what is the government planning to do with all that power? Moreover, what do they know about threats, if any, on the horizon? (see 1:47min video)

Tomorrow: Are we trading our Liberty for Security?

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