Government’s Fourth Branch

Posted: 08/06/2014 in Screwed

The problem with being a conspiracy nut is when you find a real conspiracy, no one will listen to you.  For example, some crazy people have been screaming about the dangers of a national security state since World War II, when the precursor of the CIA was developed.  But the fact is, when G. W. Bush invented the Department of Homeland Security and made it supreme amongst equals, he brought that insane vision to fruition.  The massive security apparatus that had been nibbling around the edges of our society sprang into action and “Security” immediately became the Fourth Branch of our government.  We still have the old Executive, Congressional, and Judiciary branches, but every day they become less and less important, as Homeland Security increasingly takes over more of our lives.

Unlike the checks and balances the other three branches enjoy over each other, Homeland manages to have little, if any oversight at all.  Anyone who tries runs right up against the black budgeted wall called “Security”.  It’s even effected the construction recovery across the country as more space is needed for businesses doing business with the business side of Homeland Security.  As big as the Department has become (it currently has 17 intelligence agencies and counting), the corporations furnishing services to it have become an even larger part of the economy.

Even Diane “I never saw a spy program I didn’t like” Feinstein said she thought Homeland might be in violation of 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.”

Well, I guess Homeland will just have to do something about those pesky limits on their powers, won’t they?


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