The Constitution established a series of compromises between those who feared a king would be in charge of the executive branch and those who wanted the president to have enough power to do the will of the people. Among those protections that have been debated and codified over the centuries is the president’s power over classified information. That power is essentially endless, which is why even whistleblowers can’t just leak information to the press or expect Congress to have access to their complaints when it pertains to national security.
Such is the case with the recent reports that a whistleblower has come forward accusing President Trump of making inappropriate promises to foreign leaders.
Like it or not, Democrats are not going to get access to this information. When President Clinton signed the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act of 1998, he asserted, it “does not constrain my constitutional authority to review and, if appropriate, control disclosure of certain classified information to Congress.”
Robert Litt, who served as general counsel to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in the Obama administration, noted that Mr. Clinton asserted the right to executive privilege when he signed into law the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act of 1998.
“The executive branch has always maintained that it does not consider the statutory language mandatory,” Mr. Litt wrote on the Lawfare blog. “In signing the original Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act of 1998, President Clinton stated that it ‘does not constrain my constitutional authority to review and, if appropriate, control disclosure of certain classified information to Congress.’
“President Obama reiterated this limitation in 2010,” he said. “Congress no doubt disagrees with this interpretation, but the president’s ultimate control over classified information has been a consistent position of every administration.”
Some may say this is unfair, that it puts too much power in the president’s hands when it comes to dealing with foreign governments. But what critics fail to understand is the necessity of a strong executive branch when negotiating with foreign powers. We already have protections through which the fruits of negotiations require approval, including the ratification of treaties. To hamper the President into speaking too carefully with dignitaries because he’s worried about whistleblowers is an unnecessary burden.
Moreover, not allowing this privilege would open the doors for compromised individuals to spill too many secrets. The handling of classified information must be maintained at the highest level, and that means giving the President complete control.
Democrats can scream all they want, but their predecessors knew what was at stake. Whether it’s President Clinton, President Obama, or President Washington, they knew the importance of classified information. President Trump is no exception.
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Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
We will never avoid the truth. The Lord will provide if it is His will. Our job is simply to share the facts, spread the Gospel, and educate as many Americans as possible while exposing the forces of evil.
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