This HR is so bad, I have a hard time believing it was even submitted. On the surface it looks ok, but as you get into it and understand what this HR would change, it becomes blatantly clear that this is a REAL BAD IDEA. I don’t know what the motivation was of Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D, NY] to write this HR in its current form. It is so patently wrong, it causes me to question his motives and in fact his patriotism. There are 21 co-sponsors of this HR. Is your Rep one? This HR is patently unconstitutional as it transfers executive powers to the Judiciary, violating the separation of powers stipulated in the Constitution. I for one am getting sick and tired of our Elected Representatives writing and submitting HRs, Bill, Resolutions or whatever, that violates the Constitution. They act like it is a document that has no bearing on anything. I will not support any politician who does that, period. Please write your Reps and tell them this is not the way to handle civil lawsuits against the USA. Transparency is always a good thing, as long as we don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. Giving our enemies any leverage is not the way to do it. Click here for a very comprehensive breakdown of this HR and an explanation as to why it is a bad idea.
MY LETTER TO MY REPS:
In reading this HR in it’s current form, transfers the responsibility of determining if any State Secrets that may be pertinent to each civil lawsuit case can in fact remain secret. This means that secret information must be divulged in court in order for a determination to be made. This in turn could and most probably would place covert operatives in danger, as information sources could have to be identified in the course of the hearing. As it is always desirable to have a transparent government, giving antagonists a glimpse into our most secret operations and allowing them to muddy up the waters and place sensitive government programs in jeopardy is not only wrong, it is reckless and the authors of this HR should know what adverse effects this HR will have. This act alone is not only unconstitutional as it transfers powers expressly reserved for the Executive Branch, to the judiciary, it directly places the national security of the United States in jeopardy at the whims of Judges. It is the Congress’s responsibility to determine if invoking this act is prudent and legal, not the judiciary’s. I urge you to cast a down vote on this HR as I believe this HR will be disastrous to our national security. As always, your voting record is something as a constituent I watch very closely and use it as a guide when I cast my votes.