posted on Apr, 17 2012 @ 04:27 PM
I come today with a very specific area of American life I see as being broken and far outsized in importance by the effect this malfunction has on the
I don't have flashy graphics or videos for this because there really aren't any. The problem is all over and all one must do is watch a
Congressional Hearing to see it in full color.
The problem? The 5th Amendment of the United States Constitution. Yes, I really said it. Mr Constitution has come out and said a part of it must
change. Now let me explain, briefly, my thinking.
From the time of Ollie and the Contras to the hearings occurring every day now on things ranging from Fast and Furious to the wars and excesses
overseas, we hear the same refrain from Government people when even they can no longer come up with lies that will save their bacon. "I plead the
5th" or some variation of those words. It's as good as clockwork and we can count on it. When we've located the truly guilty in a government
scandal, we know without question as those words come from their mouths.
Well, I want to note that in the United States Military, a number of Rights are simply erased as if they never existed for the term one is serving in
Uniform and a member of the Armed Services. Freedom of Speech is sure among them, but not the only one that is either curtailed or just cut entirely
during the term of service. SO...What I suggest is NOT without precedent.
What I suggest to solve this problem then is a simple change to our Constitution and laws as it relates to investigations of Government Officials in
elected office as well as those in appointed positions. What I believe we need to see change is the ELIMINATION of the 5th amendment being an option
when the person being question is a Government Employee and the topic of questioning relates specifically and ONLY to their duties related to that
They don't work for Uncle Sam. They work for *US*. The people. No one seems to recall that, but we have an old, somewhat tired document that says it
in very clear detail. What right should they have to hide behind OUR rights in accounting for their actions conducted IN OUR NAME and on our
I'd also add here that another change would make all the difference in the world. For those Government employees that are called to testify in
support of or to further the investigation of Government officials, IMMEDIATE and blanket immunity should be conferred to them for anything they may
say or testify to which relates to Government matters of any kind. THAT removes ANY suggestion of being ordered by their departments not to cooperate
and it totally removes the 5th from the options in the case of those simply helping investigators understand what has happened in a situation.
Our leaders...They commit all form of abuse and outrage in our names and then they hide from those same actions..IN OUR NAMES and to our faces. This
MUST change. What does everyone else think?