Money Stinks Up Surveillance Committees

Maybe the following story will inform as to why the intelligence community keeps growing with less and less restraint from our so-called gatekeepers.

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Capitol City Project is a watchdog organization reporting on corruption, undue influence of politicians and event and actions sponsored by our government which lessens our personal freedom and security.

Below you will find a short excerpt from one of their revealing investigations.  The excerpt is followed by a link to the rest of the story detailing political contributions paid to surveillance committee members by intelligence firms.  What is striking is not a single committee member has pushed the contributions back to the contributors.

Lawmakers who oversee government surveillance programs receive millions from intelligence companies

December 13, 2013 | Joe Schoffstall17 Comments

Every member who sits on the committees that oversee government intelligence operations has received campaign contributions from the top twenty largest intelligence companies in the United States, according to a new report.

Here’s the link to the complete story and don’t forget to check the related articles found following the story.

President Obama “Admits” Problems With U.S. Handling Of Bomb Plot

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009)

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The President seems to be besieged from several directions starting with our own intelligence services whose members are unhappy with being assessed as lacking in their cooperation and skill in dealing with evidence  allegedly passed to them. That there was a disconnect somewhere along the line, there seems to be little question, but who the negligent party or parties might be is still debated for now.

The President has said, according to BBC News:

The intelligence community had failed to “connect the dots”, Mr Obama said, adding: “That’s not acceptable, and I will not tolerate it.”

That he desires not to tolerate “it”, there should be no question, even among his strongest detractors. Whether he has the wherewithal or his aides and staff have the requisite knowledge for handling an extremely volatile situation is unknown.  He has to walk and talk cautiously or his actions or lack thereof could spell more difficulty for the United States and her allies with a much higher price tag for now and perhaps a devastating disconnect with reality for the future.

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Spy Guys: POTUS Unwise To Criticize

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009)

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Open mouth … chew on toes. POTUS seems to excel in the trait when he is under serious pressure as he has been since the dirty-drawers bomber fired himself up, but was prevented from blowing American citizens to smithereens due to ignorance on the part of the bomber, dumb luck for us or perhaps, divine intervention.

The  President’s comments were, in the opinion of many, late in coming and long AND reportedly wrong in throwing blame toward the CIA. On the day after he issued his statement regarding his opinion on the failure of our intelligence agencies, he attended services for the seven CIA agents that had lost their lives from a bomber attack in Afghanistan. His messages were in conflict, one with the other, and that seems to be what angered the CIA … unwarranted criticism followed by words in this article:

One day the President is pointing the finger and blaming the intelligence services, saying there is a systemic failure,’ said one agency official. ‘Now we are heroes. The fact is that we are doing everything humanly possible to stay on top of the security situation. The deaths of our operatives shows just how involved we are on the ground.

Not a really great way to start 2010, but then again ………….

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