Intelligence Agencies, are there to many?

July 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

This morning I heard a report announcing that investigations have revealed a large growth of intelligence gathering agencies in the U.S. since 9/11. But I wonder, are too many agencies of this sort a bad thing?

The Washington Post found during a two-year investigation that there are 1,900 private groups and 1,200 government run  groups working on things such as counterterrorism, homeland security, and intelligence at a total of 10,00 different places around the country.

The Post also said approximately 854,000 have top-secret security clearance. I don’t know how it is that “top-secret” if that many people can access but they say two heads are better than one and I guess 854,000 heads working together should prevent more large-scale terror plots from being carried out, at least I hope that is the case.

Keep in mind, that is just what they Post was able to find. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that there are so many intelligence agents and agencies it is hard to truly know about all of them. They may be more than what the Post discovered.

I think that as long as these agencies are getting the job done we should not worry about having to many of them in business. Can we take another 9/11?

Tea Party Defends Constitution as well as Disliking Taxation

July 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

The TEA party is not just people sick of taxes (Taxed Enough Already), they are also in defense of the United States Constitution, which they feel has been violated lately by certain government actions. While some of the government’s constitution violations have not gone through, others have.

They recently were denied in an attempt to ban guns for U.S. citizens, however the Supreme Court made one of it’s last moves of the recently ended session deciding that the second amendment still stands and Americans can still carry guns. Also, the feds are constantly trying to step on states rights.

Members of the Tea Party are right to defend the constitution. While there are times the old rules set in places hundreds of years ago may need to be changed or thrown out, the basics are things we need to hold onto. Such as the right to bear arms and individual states having control in their own states. If we lose these basics and let the government throw out the framework the country may truly fall.

McChrystal Update

June 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

General Stanley McChrystal met with President Obama in Washington today and resigned from his position. It has been said however, that the president had no intention of keeping the general on. Obama has nominated General David Petraeus to replace McChrystal. Petraeus is currently head of U.S. Central Command.

McChrystal shouldn’t resign

June 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”false” link=”term=McChrystal&iid=9053222″ src=”http://view3.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9053222/general-mcchrystal/general-mcchrystal.jpg?size=500&imageId=9053222″ width=”380″ height=”263″ /] In light of recent negative remarks made by General Stanley McChrystal about President Barack Obama,Vice President Joe Biden, and the National Security Advisor in a yet to be published Rolling Stone Magazine article. McChrystal, top American Commander in the Afghan war, and his staff where reportedly making and were quoted on making negative comments and despite an apology made by McChrystal, he has been ordered to come to Washington for a meeting rather conducting it via video conference.

Some, such as Senator Byron Dorgan D-North Dakota say the general should resign. Others speculate that he may fired. But as I write this posting it is rumored that McChrystal has just submitted his resignation. A Time reporter had heard the information from an unnamed source and CNN is still awaiting confirmation.

I do not feel that McChrystal should resign. Yes,  he may have been wrong to insult the President of his own country, and other top civilian officials, however he should not be forced into resignation over his mistakes. He is overseas commanding the troops fighting in a war. He is not just some Joe Schmo home reading about the trials and tribulations  of government at home in Pigs-knuckle, Arkansas. The general has apologized and should be forgiven like members of government when they mess up.

Some are blaming the Rolling Stones reporter Michael Hastings for writing about things he shouldn’t have. Yes, while he should have seen the remarks as jokes, he was not wrong to report on them. Anything said in an interview should be fair game for reporters to put into their story.

While both men may have been wrong, neither should be in trouble for the remarks or their coverage in the article to be published officially on Friday. If  person that insults top government officials is forced to resign, the unemployment lines would be to the moon and back.

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