Evidence Of Criminal Activity Inside Of Congress

Congress Evidence of Criminal Activity Inside of Congress

Last year, Congress passed the STOCK Act with great fanfare. I’ve written about it before because it had the potential to enhance government transparency. The law had the power to stop insider trading by congressmen.

Now, raise your hand if you actually thought that law would last…

No one? I figured.

In one of the least shocking moves in recent memory, Congress decided to gut the STOCK Act in an under-the-radar vote that crushed any hope for policy-making transparency.

You see, rather than build trust, our representatives would rather cover up criminal activity.

In modifying the STOCK Act, Congress killed the provision requiring congressional members and White House staff to post their stock transactions online.

The same day the bill was introduced, the Senate voted on the changes (with no public debate) in a nighttime voice vote. The House followed suit with a similar voice vote – and no debate – the very next day.

The whole process happened so quickly that Harry Reid introduced the bill on April 11, and it was signed by President Obama on April 15.

House Republican leaders even violated their much trumpeted promise to give the public three days to study any bill before holding a vote.

Never Listen to What They Say. Just Watch How They Vote.

When the original STOCK Act was passed on April 4, 2012, the media ate it up. President Obama said it was the first step to “help fight the destructive influence of money in politics and rebuild the trust between Washington and the American people.”

But media coverage of the latest changes was virtually nonexistent compared to the triumphant proclamations of a year ago. And the president is dubiously silent this time around.

There’s a silver lining, though! Starting in 2014, the president, vice president, and members of Congress will once again have to disclose their trades.

The problem is, the disclosures won’t be placed online where the public or journalists can easily review them. Instead, the disclosures will be extremely difficult to access. Why? National security.

That’s right. Whenever Washington passes an unpopular bill, they often justify it on the grounds of “national security”.

Tom Lee of the Sunlight Foundation explains the tactic this way: “This approach is known as ‘security through obscurity.’ Essentially, the idea is that rather than fixing a system’s flaws, you can just make the system opaque or unusable or unpopular enough that those flaws never surface.”

The reactions from government watchdogs were swift and furious.

Lisa Rosenberg, also of the Sunlight Foundation, writes:

Not only does the change undermine the intent of the original bill to ensure government insiders are not profiting from non-public information (if anyone thinks high-level congressional staffers don’t have as much or more insider information than their bosses, they should spend some time on Capitol Hill) but it sets an extraordinarily dangerous precedent suggesting that any risks stem not from information being public but from public information being online.

Are we going to return to the days when public can use the internet to research everything except what their government is doing? Will Congress, in its twisted wisdom, decide that information is public if journalists, academics, advocates and citizens are forced to dig through file cabinets in basements in Washington to find it?

Actions (Still) Speak Louder Than Words

So now the ban on insider trading still exists, but with limited disclosure that no one will likely ever know about. The disclosure might as well not exist at all.

Last year, with great pomp and circumstance, Congress passed legislation to clean up a dirty cesspool of insider trading by Washington insiders. Then, the week before we actually get to see the disclosures, they circled back, gutted the bill, and kept the cloak of secrecy as tight as ever.

This is a perfect example of the constant deception on Capitol Hill. And it also illustrates why the actionable information we provide at Capitol Hill Daily is such a valuable asset. We use all of our resources to get you the gritty details that you won’t find anywhere else.

 

This article originally appeared at CapitalHillDaily.com and is reprinted here with permission. 

 

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Comments

  1. wayne mann says:

    It must be time to clean house America…. Are sent it I’ll Congress our house of representitives but mostly our White House.!!!. It’s time to start raising hell contact your senators and congressmen send emails phone calls and find petitions. Come on America get angry stand up and start yelling and screaming it’s time our voice is heard.!!!!

    • You want to contact our senate, our congress and our house of representatives and tell them it's time to clean them out? They'll laugh at you!

      The people you want are the citizens, the ordinary people, the militia to clean them out….

      • wayne mann says:

        No those are not the people we want…. hey war is exactly what Obama wants and needs. hey war will give him his goal and he can impose martial law immediately and strip us of our guns hour right and all the money in the banks. We need to fight fire with a bigger fire and beat them at their own game. We need people to infiltrate the government and put it back where it belongs. It is not time for a war yet.

        • Perfectly stated. Anyone who thinks Americans with semi-automatic AR15's and hunting rifles can take back the country by way of military coup is delusional. The military was polled and over 25% stated they had no problem killing Americans if ordered to do so. The military has vastly superior training, firepower and technology that citizens are hopeless to overcome. At the first sign of an uprising, the contracted mercenaries that constitute the government's directly-controlled military wing will implement martial law. Ask yourself if you know of anybody in your neighborhood ready to defend against the mini-gun, often equipped on Blackhawk helicopters, or can stop a M203 from placing a CS gas round through their windows, or can defend their home against a squad of military personnel with FULLY-automatic firearms systematically moving through their home in full body armor… A political solution is the only solution that has any hope of success. The government has already disarmed the American people sufficiently that we cannot defend ourselves against tyranny.

          • wayne mann says:

            Very well said I could not have said it better.!!! When you say it it sounds even worse….

  2. I hear they can't trust each other anymore in the white house or anywhere. They have to always wonder if someone is seeing them or watching them or seeking them. They can't even trust their own secretaries, they are taking what they can to protect themselves from these cowards and criminals in office. This is what happens when your a liar a thief a criminal, no trust. They will destroy themselves with greed, coveting others money, etc. it's a curse from the beginning of time. Once they get what they want, they get rid of the suckers. Stupid puppets.

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