In the past year, a series of scandalous secrets have been uncovered that have Americans questioning whether they do indeed live in the the land of the free and the home of the brave. The coverup of the terrorist attack on our embassy in Benghazi, harassment and illegal targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the potentially chilling abuse of the privacy rights of Associated Press (AP) reporters and editors by the Justice Department, and most recently, the large-scale violation of the privacy and liberty of ordinary American citizens by the National Security Agency (NSA) has caused great concern to American citizens and Congress about the intentions and credibility of the present administration.
Congressional hearings meant to ascertain the truth of these matters have been met with a blatant lack of cooperation. When quizzed about their motivations and actions, Department Heads of the Inspector General’s Office and the IRS stated that they acted in accordance with government policy. Further questions, however, received “I don’t know” responses and an invocation of one respondent’s Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination, begging the question – “what are these officials hiding?” and leaving investigators flabbergasted and frustrated.
Far from the “transparency” in government promised by a President who offered “hope” and “change” to a populace tired of government misdeeds, our current state of affairs has left the American people as bewildered as those on the Congressional committees investigating these scandals. Straightforward questions have provoked amnesia in witnesses and demonstrated the arrogance of those in positions of power who have and are making a mockery of our system of government. During all of these events, our President has been curiously silent, leaving the average citizen to wonder, “What secrets is our government hiding from us?”
Considering the question of government secrets, however, is like opening Pandora’s Box. As new government scandals and coverups become more prevalent, it is no longer just conspiracy theorists who revisit and wonder about any of a number of other potential government secrets – everything from the 1947 Roswell UFO incident to the existence of Bigfoot to efforts to control and weaponize weather to Operation Fast and Furious to the secret workings of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center of New York.
During World War II, the Manhattan project was the code name for the secret development project that created the atomic bomb. Privy to only a few high-ranking government officials, information on the project was shielded from no less a personage than then Vice President Harry S. Truman. Only upon his ascension to the Presidency did Truman learn about the project.
How many more secrets is our government keeping from us? Is it possible that reports of UFO wreckage and bodies of alien crew members from the Roswell, New Mexico UFO incident and other such occurrences reside in secret facilities such as Area 51?
Has our government learned the truth about Bigfoot, Sasquatch, and other large apelike creatures that have been sighted in various locales throughout the world? And, has it discovered that these creatures are space aliens? (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-franklin-ruehl-phd/is-bigfoot-possibly-an-alien_b_1578844.html)
Is our government experimenting with ways to control and even weaponize weather and climatic change? Is the U.S. Department of Defense’s HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) initiative actually an attempt to control climate and weather by bombarding the ionosphere with radio signals? And, are the massive F5 tornadoes that have wreaked havoc in our nation’s heartland a result of the Frankenstein effect caused by misguided government research and experimentation?
Was the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF’s) Operation Fast and Furious really an attempt to track illegal guns back to the leaders of Mexican drug cartels, or an effort to proliferate illegal guns in the hope of spawning gun violence in an attempt to color public opinion in favor of the Obama Administration’s policy of curbing and ultimately eliminating legal gun ownership in violation of the Second Amendment?
And, are the recent findings of dead “monsters” – including the Montauk (NY) Monster, the Northville (NY) Monster, and the East River (Brooklyn, NY) Monster – not a raccoon, dog, or pig as identified, but the result of top secret experimentation by the federal facility on Plum Island?
Yes, the U.S. government is fraught with secrets. Some secrets are justified to maintain national security. Too often, however, “national security” is the mantra recited by government officials to subvert investigations into abuses of power. The nature of a centralized government and those leading it is to continuously seek to assume more power over its citizens. The liberty to which we as Americans have become accustomed has been under constant assault since our nation’s founding and has never been as tenuous as it is today. Technology has provided government with information gathering and storage capabilities that threaten to virtually eliminate personal privacy. To maintain liberty, citizens must be ever more vigilant in identifying, publicizing, and rooting out abuses of power at all levels. Otherwise, America as we have known it my cease to be the “land of the free.”