Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

The title's Latin phrase is often translated as "who watches the watchman?" or "who guards the guardians?" 

What happens if no one is able to watch the watchmen? What if the watchmen are resisted and actively fought against?

See the following cautionary report.

"Forty-seven independent inspectors general who oversee the Obama administration are accusing officials of blocking their access to government documents, warning of “potentially serious challenges” to their authority.
"Refusing, restricting, or delaying an Inspector General’s access to documents leads to incomplete, inaccurate, or significantly delayed findings or recommendations, which in turn may prevent the agency from promptly correcting serious problems and deprive Congress of timely information regarding the agency’s performance," the inspectors general wrote in a letter   to the House and Senate Oversight Committee chairmen and ranking members."

Interestingly, at the same time as this is being reported to Congress, "On Monday, Vice President Biden touted inspector generals as a crucial tool to fight corruption in a speech to African heads of state in Washington.
“There is also a need to have in every government agency what we in the United States call, and it could be different in every country, we call it an inspector general,” said Biden. 
“Someone who is able to roam through every department, like here in the United States, the Defense Department, the IRS, the Treasury Department writ large, the Department of Interior, to be able to look at the books, to be able to look at everything that's transpired with independent eyes. People who cannot be fired,” he continued. "
Does Vice President Biden know not of what he speaks, does he assume that no one knows what is so or, worst of all, does he simply have no shame?
For the full details see this article: