Oversight with Blinders

checks and balances

“The Constitution was made to guard the people against the danger of good intentions.”  Daniel Webster

They have a private, highly trained army with no rules, no oversight, and no accountability. Stealth activities including killings, bombings, and tortures are commonplace. Am I describing a king, North Korea, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, or a military dictator? These special operations teams are under the authority of the President of the US and our CIA.

Since 9-11, the special ops teams have doubled from 35,000 to 70,000 troops, distributed in 81 countries. This is an average of over 850 ops personnel in each country. Bolivia was 81st in population in 2013 with about 10,000,000.   This growth was funded by a five-fold increase in their budget from $2.1 billion to $10 billion.

These troops have no congressional or public oversight. Therefore, we do not know of their successes or failures because even the special ops personnel cannot tell their families about their missions.

Special Ops are an elite force with a specialized skill set of physical and mental abilities. They are honorable, loyal, and patriotic men and women with a love for our country. Unfortunately, they do not always know the political and economic reasons for their missions.

81 countries? I don’t know if I could list 81 countries.  If you poke a hornet’s nest, then don’t be shocked if you are stung.

Notice the absence of government checks and balances which the Constitution explicitly prescribes for our protection.


 

Let me issue and control a nation’s money and I care not who writes the laws.” Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744-1812), founder of the House of Rothschild.

The Federal Reserve is neither Federal nor Reserve. It’s a privately held organization authorized by Congress with no Congressional oversight. The owners are from multiple countries which determine fiscal policies in the U.S. Since the US money was decoupled from the Gold standard on August 15, 1971, by Richard Nixon, our fiat currency is backed by the good faith of the government. When Congress asks for a trillion dollars, the Federal Reserve types the number into a computer. Congress spends the money but owes the reserve a trillion dollars plus interest. The ramifications boggle my mind.

The Federal Reserve chairman is testifying before congress this week. She intimated to trust the Reserve because any Congressional oversight would be harmful to our economy.

Notice the absence of government checks and balances which the Constitution explicitly prescribes for our protection.


 

Paris was bombed this week resulting in 150 deaths and more injured. The public outpouring due to the tragic actions by terrorists is inspirational. The bombing was not a random act committed in an innocent country. The French are militarily committed to the fight in Syria by sending troops and weapons.  In a terrorist war, there are no boundaries for fighting. ISIS may not have highly trained special ops like the US but do have committed suicide bombers willing to wreak havoc in other nations. I’m not sure that it’s possible to win an ideological war against a loosely organized global terrorist movement. When individuals are willing to commit suicide to carry out their mission, anywhere in the world, then it’s a dangerously unpredictable force.

I’m not promoting succumbing to terrorism, but we are guilty of kicking the hornet’s nest and acting shocked when we are stung.


 

In the wake of 9-11, the extra-Constitutional Patriot Act was passed. This act traded our privacy rights for the promise of safety. Warrantless monitoring of unsuspected individuals on a massive scale, lying to the American people about the scope of data gathering, and spying on our allies were some of the egregious activities perpetrated by the NSA and CIA.

Eric Snowden stole over 200,000 pages of NSA documents and fled the country. His legacy as a traitor or a whistle blowing freedom fighter will be determined in the future. He exposed the deception of our government officials who have lied (the political euphemisms are “misspoke”, “can’t recall”, or “plead the fifth”) under oath concerning covert unthreatening activities. This has caused public embarrassment but no apparent national security breaches.

What do these incidents have common?  Violations of the constitution by all branches. Congress has ceded their Constitutional authority of oversight, the Executive Branch (Bush and Obama) have exceeded their Constitutional authority by executive orders or implementing programs without oversight, and the Judicial branch have violated their oaths of office. The following oath is taken by all federal employees except for the president.

“I, _________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.  So help me God.”

Our Constitution has been the foundation of our country for 225 years. When enough people choose not to “support and defend the Constitution”, then our checks and balances fail. This will result in the powerful and influential ruling our country. Pray for those in authority.

1 Timothy 2

I exhort, therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; 4Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

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