Peter Dale Scott’s response to the Ellsberg Challenge:
“The first step towards an end to excess secrecy and rule by unchecked agencies (the American deep state) is for Congress to terminate the two States of Emergency proclaimed after 9/11 under Executive Orders 13223 and 13224, presumably authorizing Continuity of Government (COG) procedures, such as the warrantless surveillance so amply documented by Edward Snowden.
“The National Emergencies Act, one of the post-Watergate reforms that Vice-President Cheney so abhorred, specifies that: “Not later than six months after a national emergency is declared, and not later than the end of each six-month period thereafter that such emergency continues, each House of Congress shall meet to consider a vote on a joint resolution to determine whether that emergency shall be terminated.”
“The law does not just permit Congress to review an emergency; it requires Congress to review it. Yet Congress has not acted; and in September of each year President Obama extends the State of Emergency for twelve more months.
“I appeal to each reader to address their representatives in Congress about the issue of termination.”