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Congressmen Demand End to 'Black Budget' Secrecy

A bipartisan coalition in the House of Representatives is seeking disclosure for themselves and the public of top-line budget figures for 16 U.S. intelligence agencies.

“If you have unlimited money and nonexistent oversight, bad things happen,” Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., tells U.S. News. “The idea is that they know it’s not a free ride.”

Welch and Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., introduced the “The Intelligence Budget Transparency Act” with Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., and David Price, D-N.C., in January and last week recruited 60 colleagues to join them in asking President Barack Obama to voluntarily disclose top-line budget requests for individual spy agencies when he proposes a budget for fiscal year 2015 later this year.

Members of Congress do not automatically have a right to know anything about funding for the intelligence agencies and therefore cannot participate in debates, oversight or votes on those appropriations. Funding for the intelligence agencies is generally approved by the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/02/18/congressmen-d...



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I hate it when they

Blow smoke up my backside, it leaves condescension stains all over my boxers.

Horse and pony, horse and pony, orse and phony.

Stēkō

Drew, by the very grace of GOD through the blood of Christ Jesus.
"there shall come after us men whom shall garner great wealth using our system, and having done so shall seek to slam the door of prosperity behind them." George Washington

horseshit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O67wsEAnkDU it all starts with the Federal Reserve.

Albert Camus — 'The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.'

SteveMT's picture

Pipe-dreams, delusions, and more distractions.

Why not investigate Congress for appropriating $2B to fund the TSA Utah facility, with all of those water-cooled hard-drives and all that required power? Black budgets indeed!
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705314456/Utah-will-host-...

TwelveOhOne's picture

In Utah, they reach their hands

down the server's pants? Hmm...

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What a farce/joke/stretch/*enter desired pun*

The Black Budget is called "Black" for a reason:

It will never surface.
It doesn't have a name other than "Black."
It doesn't want to be seen, thus, "Black."
It doesn't want to be known.

Even if there were *any* oversight into the "Black Budget," it would be a pseudo number, just like the National Debt and Unemployment.

Nothing against you, PaulFanDC, but a lot of us have been down this road before and it never reaches it's destination.

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

DJP333's picture

Hands in the air Bump!

Please let something good come out of this for crying out loud, stop wasting money that isn't yours!!

"It’s not pessimistic, brother, because this is the blues. We are blues people. The blues aren’t pessimistic. We’re prisoners of hope but we tell the truth and the truth is dark. That’s different." ~CW

bad things happen,

bad things happen,

Michael Nystrom's picture

You don't say?

Members of Congress do not automatically have a right to know anything about funding for the intelligence agencies and therefore cannot participate in debates, oversight or votes on those appropriations.

And so what are they there for, again?

He's the man.
TwelveOhOne's picture

Wonder where THAT came from?

"Oversight committees are not allowed to oversee our drug-running!"

"These intelligence agencies are more intelligent than Congress, nyah nyah!"

It's really weird, watching these breads get more expensive, and circuses get even freakier.

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