Our President being the leader of the free world has amassed great political and military power. The last two presidents have extended the police powers of the Executive beyond recognition. He is no longer a constitutional figure and our republic is a historical notion. The Congress has given up its constitutional power in favor of the “national security interest” which has little to do with security and even less that is truly national. It ceded the war powers to the President long ago and recently the “power of the purse” to the Federal Reserve and the Treasury. The Commission on Presidential Debates is a political operation of the Presidency with the opposition political party in contrast to an independent commission. The many departments of the general government are extensions of presidential power. Our president oversees the global political economy without legal authority and only appears in domestic political arenas during the campaigns.
U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs – Permanent Subcommittee On Investigations
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
“It’s troubling that the very ‘fusion’ centers that were designed to share information in a post-9/11 world have become part of the problem. Instead of strengthening our counterterrorism efforts, they have too often wasted money and stepped on Americans’ civil liberties,” said Senator Tom Coburn, the Subcommittee’s ranking member who initiated the investigation.
The investigation determined that senior DHS officials were aware of the problems hampering effective counterterrorism work with the fusion centers, but did not always inform Congress of the issues, nor ensure the problems were fixed in a timely manner.
“Unfortunately, DHS has resisted oversight of these centers. The Department opted not to inform Congress or the public of serious problems plaguing its fusion center and broader intelligence efforts. When this Subcommittee requested documents that would help it identify these issues, the Department initially resisted turning them over, arguing that they were protected by privilege, too sensitive to share, were protected by confidentiality agreements, or did not exist at all. The American people deserve better. I hope this report will help generate the reforms that will help keep our country safe,” Dr. Coburn said.
Senator Lieberman criticized the report