Phi Beta Iota: The Constitution is clear on the role of Congress, and the Executive does not get to pick and choose which of the activities funded by Congress on behalf of We the People will receive fiscal oversight. The position of the Administration is unconstitutional. The acceptance by Congress of this ridiculous claim can be connected to the role of Congress as a willing patsy in violation of Article 1 of the Constitution, and the mutual benefits that accrue to Members as well as the political “leaders” in the Administration from an out of control US Intelligence Community budget of $75 billion going on $90 billion–a budget that produces “at best” 4% of what the President or other major commanders need to know. On the matter of “who benefits” from this state of affairs, the answer is clear: not the public.
Phi Beta Iota: Our heart-felt congratulations to Steven Aftergood for his recognition by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) this year. He is a patriot who constantly demonstrates the value of INTEGRITY in the public interest.