On March 24, 2012, I sent An Open Letter to President Obama.
Since I have not yet gotten a response from the President, I Googled the definition of political intelligence and found a “News Release from Senator Grassley.” which states: “On Tuesday the Republican Majority Leader of the House and the Democrat Majority Leader of the Senate worked together to thwart the will of 60 Senators and 286 Members of Congress.
“First, the Majority Leader in the House said that the definition of political intelligence was so ‘vague’ that he couldn’t possibly figure out how to define it.
“That’s the excuse given for stripping any regulation of it from the STOCK Act. To me, that came as something of a surprise.
“I would like to read Section 7 part b of the version of the STOCK Act that was rammed through the House of Representatives:
“Definition – for purposes of this section, the term ‘political intelligence’ shall mean information that is derived by a person from direct communications with an executive branch employee, a Member of Congress, or an employee of Congress; and provided in exchange for financial compensation to a client who intends, and who is known to intend, to use the information to inform investment decisions.
“That seems pretty straightforward, doesn’t it?”
Those are the words of Senator Grassley, and they are easy to understand: The Majority leaders of the House and Senate decided that they did not want to give up the financial compensation from their clients who intend “to use the information to inform investment decisions.”
What is this financial compensation worth to Congress? The emasculated STOCK Act, which has gone to the President for signature, does not outlaw the “$402 million a year political intelligence industry”, one means of congressional enrichment.”
Senator Grassley calls this “unregulated political espionage.”
Mr. President, we are asking you to refuse to sign this bill in its present form and tell the world why you cannot. You can put an end to unregulated political espionage. Stand with Senators Burr, Coburn and Bingaman and Representatives Campbell and Woodall to send this bill back to the Senate for reinsertion of the critical political intelligence language.
Footnote: On Wednesday, April 4, 2012, President Obama signed the STOCK Act, although Eric Cantor, under the pretense of providing “further study,” had stripped out the $402 million political intelligence language.
What can you do—you are only one person? True, but you are only “six degrees of separation,” on average, from any other person on Earth. You become powerful when you share information with your friends and ask them to share it with their friends—it becomes a global revolution. As Stephen King suggests in The Long Walk, when these “society-supported sociopaths” come, step aside, and find the strength to run…