Prelim external links:
Steven Yates, Federal Agencies and the Myth of Your Privacy, LewRockwell.com
Claire Wolfe, Land Mine Legislation, Wolfe's Lodge - Essays - Land Mine Legislation, July 14, 1998.
OFFICIAL TRUTH SQUAD, From the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access wais.access.gpo.gov DOCID:cr31ja07-68 Excerpt: This was a $463 billion earmark. And we just got through an election in which the Republicans were chided for passing earmarks in the stealth of the night, for which the Democrats also were offenders. We paid a penalty. We lost the majority.
But you do not pass a bill of that size without the ability of even to participate in this bill, this $463 billion earmark, the most costly in the history.
Now they think they pulled one over on everybody. But I guarantee you. I guarantee in that bill, since no one had a chance to see it or participate in it, they will find day after day embarrassing provisions that we did not have an opportunity to take out, to adjust, to correct.
So they will pay the price. When you do things in the stealth of the night, when you illegitimately conduct the process of Government, you will pay the penalty. We paid the penalty. They will pay the penalty. Marital law is not the way this Congress was intended to run.
...Some folks have called this month the death of deliberation, and that truly has been. That is disappointing. That is very saddening for all of us whose constituents, whose American citizen constituents who go to the polls and vote, do indeed express their will to us.
If we are unable to express their will through this process here, then they are muted, they are silenced, they are disenfranchised; and that, Mr. Speaker, I would suggest is an unfair process, is a wrong process and is an undemocratic process. It doesn't have to be that way.