But What To Do?

The rise of the fourth branch of government – that’s the title of an opinion piece in today’s Washington Post. It’s a pretty good article, as far as it goes. For example

There were times this past week when it seemed like the 19th-century Know-Nothing Party had returned to Washington. President Obama insisted he knew nothing about major decisions in the State Department, or the Justice Department, or the Internal Revenue Service. The heads of those agencies, in turn, insisted they knew nothing about major decisions by their subordinates. It was as if the government functioned by some hidden hand.

Clearly, there was a degree of willful blindness in these claims. However, the suggestion that someone, even the president, is in control of today’s government may be an illusion.

Yes, this is very true. The President (and Attorney General and other Administration leaders) claiming he knows nothing about very significant actions by his government is somewhat ludicrous. It leaves you thinking that either he and his administration are incompetent or willfully unaware.

Yet there is truth in this article about the massive power and autonomy of the government and the civil service. The thing that is missing is any sense that the administrative branch of government might be too big, too powerful, too independent.

There is no sense of what to do about this problem, this danger to our society.

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About Eric Cowperthwaite

Nearly 30 year security professional, 11 years in the US Army, and another 18 in the civilian world. Worked for EDS for 9 years, then for Providence Health & Services as their CSO for 7 years. Now I work for CORE Security as their VP, Advanced Security & Strategy. This blog is not just about security, either physical or information. You can expect to read about cigars, my life, things I think are funny and much more. And I will rail about the FUD that so many security practitioners toss around on a regular basis. Plus, once in a great while, I might actually share a thought or two about security. Did I mention that I will probably blog about cigars? Just to be clear, nothing that I write here represents the position or opinion of my employer. Nothing I write here is proprietary or confidential to my employer. Everything I write here is my personal opinion.
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