So much for the idea of the federal government reforming itself.

During the so-called government shutdown, Politico reported that the NSA’s surveillance panel, supposedly established to remedy the agency’s illegal behavior, went on hiatus.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was slated to head up the panel. You might remember he infamously lied under oath about spying allegations. Now that the government is back open for business, it still remains uncertain when, or if, the panel will resume operations.

And even if it does convene, does anybody actually think Clapper and company will do anything to protect the people?

“Our impending disappointment at the panel’s future set of recommendations will disappoint us a bit later than expected,” a sardonic Techcrunch blogger wrote of the panel shutdown.  “Oh, and don’t forget that whatever the panel does produce, the White House has to approve it for public distribution. So, we might get nothing at all, slightly later.”

This type of behavior is par for the course for a federal government that has grown out of control and shows no sign of slowing down. A debate over paltry increases in rates of future spending has sent the entire Beltway into a conniption fit. With such ridiculous theatrics over something so minor, it is highly unlikely that the political class will ever agree on actual cuts of its own expenditures under any circumstances.

The shutdown has also illustrated the government’s woeful prioritization of its resources. They keep the futile war on drugs going, keep sending foreign aid to Islamic extremists, and keep the Orwellian spying program going, while shutting down parks, monuments and accountability groups. It has become abundantly clear that the feds will not voluntarily cede their unconstitutional power.


When the feds get to pick and choose what they cut, they choose to cut services that the public enjoys, while keeping their nexus of power completely intact. By getting involved and nullifying them, we can stop their most egregious violations against the Republic, violations they will never possibly stop on their own.


Check out our NEW campaign to Nullify the NSA by cutting off their resources! Take our 4th Amendment Protection Act to your local and state governments immediately to begin removing support for Big Brother thus reclaiming your privacy rights. Volunteer with the Tenth Amendment Center, and we’ll do everything we can to help you stop the NSA in your community. The only way we’ll restore the Constitution is through civic action at the grassroots level so get active today!

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