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ALFORD: No, This is Not a Black Thing

Harry C. Alford | 4/23/2014, 3 p.m.
Harry C. Alford

The National Security Agency (NSA) in its sweeping/wiring of telephone and email communications is an ongoing disaster. Recently, we find that the USAID agency ran a covert operation in Cuba. The mission of the USAID is: “Our Mission: We partner to end extreme poverty and to promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing our security and prosperity.” Not anymore. They took 500,000 cell phone numbers of Cuban citizens (from NSA) and began spamming them on a cooked-up Twitter account covertly placed in Spain. Money was funneled through the Cayman Islands. The intent was to provoke discontent among Cuban citizens against their government. Sounds a little bit like the Arab Spring affair that backfired tremendously on us. Syria, Egypt, Libya are probably lost to democracy because of our botched “intelligence” activity. The world is seeing us as an evil entity.

Then there is the mother of all scandals — the IRS corruption. Every day the plot seems to thicken. There is more than a “smidgen of corruption.” It appears to be a few truckloads of it. In the end, when the truth will eventually come out, there will be IRS employees and people from the White House, Justice Department and recently it looks like Congress, too, will be indicted and carried off to jail. A federal agency hated by most Americans has become a politicized organization working towards the detriment of our democracy.

The above are just a few examples. Items like socializing our insurance industry along with mortgages, education; ignoring our debt; cutting our military; evading Congress and the Supreme Court are other items we can discuss later. It isn’t a Black thing. It is government overreach and a lack of respect for our Constitution.

Harry C. Alford is the co-founder, president and CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce. Website: www.nationalbcc.org. Email: halford@nationalbcc.org.