Several presidential predecessors have failed to allow seasoned bureaucrats within the Government Accountability Office with the appropriate clearance levels audit our intelligence agencies. This creates a black mark on our record for transparency that we can and should wipe clean. Good books mean good government. Encourage our president to change this norm!
The return on investment is poor for this Federal program. It costs a lot of money to provided lawyers to defend spying on Americans. Furthermore, there are costs for analysts, transcribers and computer systems needed to record American's phone calls. Then there are costs for data mining, writing reports, printing reports and eventually ignoring reports. If we the people actually benefited in any way, the costs would ...more »