It is a DONE DEAL.
President Obama, Mike Rogers, John Boehner and John McCain, who have OPENLY been ‘chomping at the bit’ to arm the Syrian “Mercenary” Rebels got their way, much to the dismay of Fox News’ National Security Analyst, KT McFarland. Don’t miss her furious and ‘spot on’ response in the above video.
There is NOTHING any of us can say OR do about it either. Our elected representatives can’t let us know how they voted. For our own good and security, that information is ‘classified and secret’.
Last week, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence gave its approval to an Obama administration plan to provide weapons to 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 – outside of the view of constituents — who oppose the president’s 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 “none of your business:” It’s classified.
Those were, in fact, the words Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chair of the committee, used to clarify her position for her constituents. She declined. “It’s a difficult situation”, she said. And, “It’s classified.”
She was not alone. In a string of interviews over days, members of both the Senate intelligence committee and its equivalent in the House could not be pinned down on their view of providing arms to the rebels. The senators and representatives said they weren’t allowed to give an opinion — or at least a detailed one — because the matter was classified.
It’s an increasingly common stance that advocates of open government say undermines the very principle of a representative democracy.
“It’s like a pandemic in Washington, D.C., this idea that ‘I don’t have to say anything, I don’t have to justify anything, because I can say it’s secret,’” said Jim Harper, director of information policy studies at the Cato Institute, a Washington-based libertarian think tank.
“Classified” has become less a safeguard for information and more a ‘shield from accountability’ on tough subjects, said Steven Aftergood, the director of the Federation of American Scientists’ Project on Government Secrecy.
“Classification can be a convenient pretext for avoiding difficult questions,” he said. “There’s a lot that can be said about Syria without touching on classified, including a statement of general principles, a delineation of possible military and diplomatic options, and a preference for one or the other of them. So jumping to ‘national security secrecy’ right off the bat looks like an evasion.”