Senate Commits High Treason: ďClassifiesĒ votes to hide funding for Syrian Rebels
By John Glaser | Extreme Predjudice
Hereís a riddle: How do you make it easier to push through legislation in Congress that is overwhelmingly opposed in the public without any political consequences?
SecrecyAnswer: Keep the votes secret.
Thatís exactly whatís happened to an Obama administration plan to provide weapons directly to the Syrian rebels. The Senate committee that approved the plan was, unusually, allowed to classify their votes, presumably in order to insulate themselves from any repercussions from their constituents. Because reallyÖwhy should elected representatives have to tell the people they supposedly represent how they are doing the job they were elected to do!?
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence reportedly gave its approval last week to an Obama administration plan to provide weapons to moderate rebels in Syria, but how individual members of the committee stood on the subject remains unknown.
There was no public debate and no public vote when one of the most contentious topics in American foreign policy was decided Ė outside of the view of constituents, who oppose the presidentís plan to aid the rebels by 54 percent to 37 percent, according to a Gallup Poll last month.
In fact, ask individual members of the committee, who represent 117 million people in 14 states, how they stood on the plan to use the CIA to funnel weapons to the rebels and they are likely to respond with the current equivalent of ďnone of your business:Ē Itís classified.
Those were, in fact, the words Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chair of the committee, used when asked a few days before the approval was granted to clarify her position for her constituents. She declined. Itís a difficult situation, she said. And, ďItís classified.Ē
She was not alone. In a string of interviews over days, members of both the Senate intelligence committee or its equivalent in the House were difficult to pin down on their view of providing arms to the rebels. The senators and representatives said they couldnít give an opinion, or at least a detailed one, because the matter was classified.
Itís an increasingly common stance that advocates of open government say undermines the very principle of a representative democracy.
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