I wondered what was actually included in the House Resolution that is supposedly designed to fund the Department of Homeland Security for the year 2015 and beyond (HR 240), so I set upon the task of “reading the bill.”
While working my way through the vast and sundry online PDF pages, I see that the number of references and amendments within this unmanageable piece of so-called legislation is almost frightening.
Of course, HR 240 is presently being stalled in the Senate by the Democrats looking for a “clean bill” because the Republicans added amendments that the Democrats don’t like (I wonder if they have really read them). Whether any of our legislators have actually “read it”, the bill is in-and-of itself anything but clean.
In fact, the evolution of the entire legislative process of this great Republic has become so dirty that it is going to need a strong dose of citizen disinfectant if we ever hope to pass on to our children the legacy of Liberty that men have fought and died for throughout human history.
Even if you take out the 5 or 6 Republican amendments that supposedly strip out the funding for the immigration piece of HR 240, you still have a huge bill that in the first paragraph requires the unelected, untouchable, vastly powerful Secretary of Homeland Security to provide “a comprehensive plan for the implementation of the biometric entry and exit data system required under section 7208 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.”
Now, if you go to the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 and locate Section 7208 (that starts on Page 181 and continues through Page 187), you will find that it references the requirement for a plan that was to be created within 180 days of the enactment of that Prevention Act (which was December 17, 2004).
Where is that plan, you ask? I don’t know. I’ll see if I can find it, after I try to get through Section 7208 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (which I will do just shortly after I get through the 100 pages of HR 240 and the 44 pages of HR 191 for which the Aderholdt amendment to HR 240 is fashioned after).
And right after I finish reading Section 7208 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, I will try to get to the “applicable sections” of the following pieces of legislation that Section 7208 references:
(1) The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (Public Law 104–208);
(2) The Immigration and Naturalization Service Data Management Improvement Act of 2000 (Public Law 106–205);
(3) The Visa Waiver Permanent Program Act (Public Law 106–396);
(4) The Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002 (Public Law 107–173); and
(5) The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT ACT) Act of 2001 (Public Law 107– 56).
Of course, if I am to have any kind of contextual understanding of just what kinds of unconstitutional burdens these various Sections of this laundry list of Acts will ultimately have on the legal, law-abiding good citizens of the United States of America, I’m going to have to also read Pages 1 through 181 and Pages 188 through 236 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. I am going to have to read the 20 memoranda that Section 201 of HR 191 (the Aderholt amendment to the Department of Homeland Security funding bill) purports to replace or restrict or amend or revise. And I am going to have to read all of the other amendments and references that each of the aforementioned pieces of legislation might include on all of the pages that I have yet to read.
But wait, it isn’t me who has to read all of this nonsense, it is the men and women who have taken an Oath to protect and defend the United States Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
While we are being given a mega dose of international terror news on all of the television stations and all of the online news outlets (just in time for the citizenry to beg for the funding of the Department of Homeland Security, so that we can all be “safe”), I wonder if any of our legislators understand that “words” – undecipherable, convoluted, legalistic multitudinous words that create unaccountable power for some and crushing regulations for others – can be just as deadly an enemy to the Constitution (and our security) as are traitors, thieves and terrorists.