Janus Blinked by George Arruda
Who watches the watchers? Janus had 2 faces to keep his vigil watchful. Our security infrastructure, with it’s ever more intrusive eyes, seems as if it knows of no boundries that it is willing to constrain itself by. Janus kept watch on the future and past, and most of the prospects of duality that existed in Roman culture and life. We have nothing quite so symbolic in our “culture” here in the states, but I sure wish we did. The unrestrained security intrusions of the NSA, CIA and FBI have been placed before the public with whistleblowers like Edward Snowden, William Binney, and Sibel Edmonds with little or no reaction.
The long running addiction to the “Evening News” that has become entrenched in the American Awareness leaves us vulnerable to their seal of validation for “Real” news. If they just simply do not mention a thing, than it trickles out of the public interest to be replaced by some bit of flash that passes for news now. Those who we have entrusted to keep watch for us over our government and it’s doings have blinked and blinked until they seem more asleep than awake. That being said; we the public have dozed ourselves and in our slumber let rise a security system of such astounding size that defies reason.
“Today, a decade after the creation of a Cabinet-level bearing that name, homeland security has come to mean much more…it means the coordinated work of hundreds of thousands of dedicated and skilled professionals, and more than ever, of the American public, of our businesses and families, communities and faith based groups.”
-Janet Napolitano Feb 26, 2013 (opening statement on DHS budget)
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The sum allotted to DHS for 2014 is near 60 million dollars ($59, 959, 337). That is an enormous sum, but I am sure that it’s true cost will be much higher. The CIA’s budget according to their website is this “3. How many people work for the CIA and what is its budget?
Neither the number of employees nor the size of the Agency’s budget can, at present, be publicly disclosed. A common misconception is that the Agency has an unlimited budget, which is far from true.”
The FBI is a little more forthcoming on their website. “The FBI’s fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget request totals $8.4 billion in direct budget authority, including 34,787 permanent positions (13,082 special agents, 3,026 intelligence analysts, and 18,679 professional staff). This funding level provides critical funding to address threats posed by terrorists, cyber attackers, and criminals.”
The VAST expenditures of money, our money, is breathtaking. Yet the media whose attention span has seemed to diminish to that of a sugared up 8th grader, providing only snippets of information scattered throughout news cast cluttered with trivial subjects or sensational salacious scandal.
“Into this void steps the independent media, armed with the first amendment and access to the internet. These underfunded journalist (yes journalist, a degree in journalism does not a journalist make) struggle to dig out the truth and place it before a increasingly uninformed populace. This tide is turning however, and journalism of an independent nature is bringing about an awareness that is slowly eroding the nearly century long grip of “Major Media”. ~Author, George Arruda
So, I would say in answer to the original question of “Who is watching the watchers?” it is the independent media, with all their faults and mistakes, they at least attempt to expose what is happening. To you, the reader I say, if you like what you read, and the information it provides, support it, because most operations doing this type of article are doing so out of a passion for truth, not a corporate mandate.
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Author George Arruda was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, but spent his formative years around Monterey Bay, California. Throughout his life George has worn many hats; from wildland firefighter, to working for the Dept. Homeland Security’s TSA. All through his life however he kept alive his love of writing which began back in 1978. His varied background, and wide ranging interest have provided a platform from which to create works of fiction and nonfiction and journalism.
Janus ( Ianus, pronounced [ˈjaː.nus]) is the god of beginnings and transitions, and thereby of gates, doors, doorways, passages and endings. He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past. The Romans named the month of January ( Ianuarius) in his honor. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janus