Merging Defense, Intelligence, and Domestic Militia
After having a day of this yesterday – General Keith Alexander has yet a new idea Another Great Idea from the folks that brought you warrant less wiretapping
He has really aged, and once upon a time he was a hero. more background. Should have paid closer attention to the agenda and the dangers of having the Head if NSA also have the collateral duty of heading up the US Cyber Command, out of STATCOM. Also should have paid attention to the standing up of NORTHCOM. more here
Unfortunately, the only model that comes to mind of military merging with intelligence is the KGB.
My take is that we start to walk the thin line when we talk about merging functional agencies with diverse missions, funded under black budget ops, with limited, if any accountability.
I think the Constitution, which for some folks, since 9/11, is a pesky little document that keeps getting in the way (can you say Cheney), and the framers, recognized the dangers in having internal militia – actually goes back to the Magna Carta that we went to see a few years ago in Salisbury on our way to Stonehenge – and secret (can you say FISA) trials.
Gen/Pres. Eisenhower warned, cryptically, through the use of the term ‘military industrial complex’ of the dangers of shadow government & lack of transparency. He was luckier than his successor who took a bullet for it.
Some say we tend to become more conservative as we age, I don’t fully agree, however, having lived through Vietnam and what we thought was turbulent then, add to that some things I’ve personally seen and been privy too, plus public debacles like Iran-Contra – the classic showpiece for the dangers of military, intelligence, black ops, leaves me with a more liberty-centric perspective. I worked in the Soviet Union, Congo, Columbia, Saudi Arabia and have seen fear in some mens’ eyes, during the best and worst of times.
Ashes, Ashes all fall down. Ashes, Ashes all fall down. (From the lyrics of “Throwing Stones”, Bob Weir and John Perry Barlow – who interestingly went from being a songwriter for the Grateful Dead to starting up the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF) an early Internet / cyberspace watchdog group). More here: Throwing Stones
Here’s a list of agencies that fall under the Executive Branch and those that don’t – see DoD & ODNI – red light…