By George McClellan, Historian, Political Observer | February 24th, 2020
Fifteen years ago, in a post 9/11 reaction to terrorist attacks on America, President George W. Bush signed the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Act into law. By doing so, he created the post of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the National Counterterrorism Center and the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, stop gap measures to look like the government was doing something meaningful. These groups now believe in the truth of their own product.
The idea was to ensure a transparent collaboration across all elements of the Federal Intelligence Community to coordinate the vast amount of data collected. Instead, the reality was to create competition for resources (money) by growing a vast bureaucracy. On the dark side, the act gave the DNI (James Clapper) the potential for corruption by politicizing the new organization, ostensibly for the government’s protection. What happened? The Clinton’s and Obama happened!
Before that however, immediately the Twin Towers fell to the ground, why didn’t anyone express surprised with the rapidity of the enactment of a National Defense Act?
It was the long planned first step to ram through a shocked citizenry a scheme to cement the governments need to protect us. The Pandora’s box of scary extremism, to keep us cowed for our safety, was opened on Americans and we accepted it.........To Read More......