In fact, the new scheme is even more venal, underhanded, and wasteful.
The new pork system is deceptive and complex. It took all of my 31 years of experience on Capitol Hill to fully unravel it, with the help of some excellent research from two outstanding watchdog groups, Taxpayers for Common Sense and the Taxpayers Protection Alliance.
Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS) reported that 68 procurement programs in this defense bill received $7.5 billion in new, unrequested spending, a large portion going to the Lockheed Corporation. These are blatant earmarks, as explained by TCS, which also pointed out that the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee added $5.6 billion to the procurement account for these items, while its Senate counterpart added a more generous $6.2 billion. The bill was “compromised” by the conference committee at a level above both: $7.5 billion.
This woman (who I met in passing when she was shadowing former Congresswoman and future Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney as we campaigned for #UNRIG – Election Integrity) is a US citizen born and raised.
The FBI has her in custody in DC. I doubt the veracity of the Press TV claim that she is only being offered pork to eat, for me this is simple. Unless she is running drugs or is a full fledged operative of the Iranian secret service, this arrest is bogus and it will hurt the President of the United States far more than he realizes. This woman is TREASURED by the US black community leaders.
“More than 2,400 U.S. doctors have been sanctioned for sexually abusing their patients. State medical boards, which oversee physicians, allowed more than half the sanctioned doctors to keep their licenses even after the accusations of sexual abuse were determined to be true.” ~~ ABC News on sex abuse by doctors, 7/6/16
Around the world, artificial-intelligence (AI) systems are showing their potential for abetting repressive regimes and upending the relationship between citizen and state, thereby accelerating a global resurgence of authoritarianism. China is driving the proliferation of AI technology to authoritarian and illiberal regimes, an approach that has become a key component of Chinese geopolitical strategy. The significance of this technology for authoritarians around the globe, as well as for their democratic opponents, is growing ever clearer. To counter not only the spread of high-tech repression abroad, but also potential abuses at home, policy makers in democratic states must think seriously about how to mitigate harm and to shape better practices.