Congress and the Judicial Branch can not control, oversee, monitor, or understand the NSA, CIA, and all the black ops that are running amuck. The time has come to shackle the secrecy beast!

Congress

Both chambers represent the people. Both must have a means for full access to anything, anyone, anywhere. Although day to day business should continue to be managed through existing oversight committees, any other elected official or their staff should be able to pursue any issue that comes to their attention, by going through these oversight committees. If the answers coming out of inquiries are not satisfactory, any member of either chamber can pursue a hearing and a delegation of  an investigation to a special auditor branch under the authority of  a federal district court and the Attorney General’s Office.

The Federal District Courts

On request, or on the basis of discovery by an officer of the court, any Federal District Court can audit any department, function, or activity of Homeland Security, or the military branches which report in to any department within Homeland Security. A judge can ultimately either order or recommend the declassification of anything including documents, organizations, projects, or activities. An order stays within the judicial process, a recommendation goes before the Senate for a simple majority up or down vote.

Whistleblowers

Because of the complexity and compartmentalization of secret operations. Any employee or contractor within these operations must have unfettered access to expose, without repercussions, to address perceived or actual instances of illegal or immoral activity. An internal chain of command should be followed first and a jump to a media outlet by the individual may forfeit protection from prosecution, however, the individual can not be denied access to any member of Congress if the individual is not satisfied by reasons or remedies given in the internal chain of command. The sanction against revealing information to these authorized officials can not be applied by the agency, and denial of access shall carry the same penalties as the applicable sanction to any official who attempt to block access or engages in inflicting any harm on the concerned individual.

The reality is that any outside auditor or investigator is unlikely to have the insight to recognize or discover illicit activity, see how individual rights are being infringed, or even understand how official policy directives are being circumvented. Without whistleblowers, these activities will never see the light of day.

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