Who Rules Washington? The Fourth Branch?


Tomgram: Engelhardt, Who Rules Washington? | TomDispatch.

In their 2010 Washington Post series “Top Secret America,” Dana Priest and William Arkin offered this thumbnail summary of the extent of that boom for the U.S. Intelligence Community: “In Washington and the surrounding area,” they wrote, “33 building complexes for top-secret intelligence work are under construction or have been built since September 2001. Together they occupy the equivalent of almost three Pentagons or 22 U.S. Capitol buildings — about 17 million square feet of space.”  And in 2014, the expansion is ongoing.

In her Senate speech, Feinstein accused the (CIA) Agency of potentially breaching both the law and the Constitution. “I have grave concerns,” she said, “that the CIA’s search [of the committee’s computer system] may well have violated the separation of powers principles embodied in the United States Constitution, including the Speech and Debate clause. It may have undermined the constitutional framework essential to effective congressional oversight of intelligence activities or any other government function… Besides the constitutional implications, the CIA’s search may also have violated the Fourth Amendment, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, as well as Executive Order 12333, which prohibits the CIA from conducting domestic searches or surveillance.”

Her sobering speech should be read by every American, especially as it comes not from a critic but a perennial supporter of the Fourth Branch.


This is another WAKE UP CALL! We do owe Edward Snowden a debt of gratitude for his whistle-blowing! What will we find out from new whistle-blowers?

The article mentions “warrior corporations” – private contractors like Haliburton and others who make $$$$$$’s off the American taxpayer, you and me. I ask “when did we say this is OK with us?” … I didn’t… And who gave them this power and authority? Someone had to…and that someone needs to put an end to this NOW… Lara

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