There are, I think, three fundamental problems here:
- Millions, billions, and trillions of public dollars are being spent, literally, "because they can be spent, and spent in secret." War is a racket. Domestic surveillance has become a racket, too.
- Public discussion is not taking place. Risks and benefits are not being assessed. The achievability of promised objectives is not being considered, because you can "make so damned much money" whether you produce any results or not, "and no one will know." The cat is away, and the mice are playing. (And politicians, world-wide and as a species, will do just about anything for a currency-unit that is passed under the table...)
- The amount of money being (very questionably ...) spent on all this, is consuming resources that should be spent on other things that are important to a nation .. such as true health-care access, the old, the sick, the poor. (Even though the spending is #CLASSIFIED#, you can see the US National Debt spiraling into oblivion and put two-and-two well enough together. You can't spend that much money without leaving traces.)
we must "provide for the Common Defence" (sic)
, but that doesn't mean writing bottomless checks to every military contractor who comes to call, even if they promise to bribe
you in secret, and even though they possess the well-proved capability to do so.
We are human,
and we'd all better keep in mind what that means when it comes to matters of "pure power." Never forget what the Nazis did using telephone records. We are, as a society and as a social animal, vulnerable to these things, and we'd better never
pretend that "it can't happen <here>."
Trust, but Verify. And then, peaceably and working within the systems that exist, do
something about it. Speak up. There are, for example, 316 million or so "American people," whereas the entire "American government" at the very top consists of about 700 individuals. If millions people "turn on the lights in the kitchen," the rats will
scramble for cover, and those millions of people can
have whatever they want. (But: "be careful what you wish for.")
These very-simple principles do
work, if they are used.
"How bad do you want it? Not bad enough..."
-- Don Henley