Obama Gutted ‘Heart and Soul’ of Government Watchdogs; Gore on surveillance; Snowden chart

Obama Gutted ‘Heart and Soul’ of Government Watchdogs, Former Official Says
6-14-13

 A former Defense Department inspector general is calling on Congress to step in and fill the void left by President Barack Obama’s failure to appoint watchdogs over key agencies, saying the president has gutted the “heart and soul” of a longstanding law mandating the appointments. 

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Newsmax after he addressed Capitol Hill aides on Friday, Joseph Schmitz described the president’s failure to appoint Senate-confirmed inspectors general in six of the largest federal agencies responsible for billions of dollars in taxpayer money as a “scandalous” attempt to “flout” congressional oversight….
  In addition to the 5-year-old State Department IG vacancy, which dates back to the start of Obama’s first term, another five agencies lack a Senate-confirmed inspector general for 538 days or more: the Department of the Interior; Department of Labor; Department of Homeland Security; Agency for International Development; and the Department of Defense.

Schmitz said the federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 allows for acting inspectors general to serve “for no longer than 210 days beginning on the date the vacancy occurs, with some limited opportunities to extend that time for another 210 days.”

“The president simply doesn’t want to be accountable and doesn’t want to have IGs, apparently, and he seems to be getting away with it,” said Schmitz, who spoke at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center on Friday.    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/watchdog-inspector-general-Schmitz/2013/06/14/id/510087#ixzz2WF4oKbxS 

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Al Gore: NSA’s secret surveillance program ‘not really the American way’

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/14/al-gore-nsa-surveillance-unamerican?guni=Network%20front:network-front%20main-3%20Main%20trailblock:Network%20front%20-%20main%20trailblock:Position2

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Edward Snowden astrologic chart for dawn 6-21-1983 in North Carolina:

Sun (at 29.5 degrees Gemini) with Mars and north lunar node opposite Neptune; Sun also trines Saturn and Pluto (in late Libra) and is at one-eighth of circle from Venus at midpoint of Leo.  Venus squares midpoint Scorpio Moon.  A very strong chart.  -r

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