In the rush to pass a spending bill earlier this week to reopen the government, Congress allowed a very dangerous Trojan horse to slip through. Language in the bill hamstrings the legislative branch from being able to oversee or halt covert action programs by the intelligence community (CIA, NSA, FBI etc.). Even the Republican chair of the Senate Intelligence committee, Richard Burr, who is a big time friend of the deep state, explained how reckless this is. He said, “Effectively, the intelligence community could expend funds as it sees fit without an authorization bill in place and with no statutory direction indicating that an authorization bill for 2018 is forthcoming.” This means that unelected intelligence agencies can now move money around from program to program as they see fit WITHOUT Congress’s authorization or even knowledge.
This is nothing less than a not-so-slow crawl towards a fascistic government – one where the feasibility of a private army that reports directly to the President, beyond Congressional oversight, is a possibility. In fact Erik Prince, formerly the head of the mercenary war criminal group Blackwater (now called Academi
), has implored President Trump to create a CIA-affiliated privately contracted army
to take over the fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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This entire situation is even scarier because Congress ALREADY fails to reign in the Deep State. They’re in bed with special interests, like the weapons industry, who have infiltrated the intelligence community. Beyond that, so much of our intelligence gathering has been privatized, sold off to just a handful of massive corporations that ALREADY don’t have much accountability or transparency. This further erosion of the separation of powers, cynically slipped into a high-pressure bill to reopen the government, clearly shows something is broken in Washington (as we covered in this segment on Redacted Tonight).