We already know that the executive branch thinks Congress is a joke. And we know from the stories of conveniently crashing hard drives at both the IRS and the EPA that the Federal departments also believe Congress is a joke.
Now we have reached the point where hired guards for the Department of Health and Human Services feel free to tell a Congressman to go away.
From the Daily Caller:
An Oklahoma Congressman who visited an Army base being used to house illegal immigrant children now wonders what the federal government is hiding after he was denied access to the facility.
“There is no excuse for denying a Federal Representative from Oklahoma access to a federal facility in Oklahoma where unaccompanied children are being held,” Rep. Jim Bridenstine said in a statement following his visit Tuesday to Ft. Sill Army base near Lawton.
The Department of Health and Human Services has set up housing at Ft. Sill and two other military bases – Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio and Ventura County Naval Base in Oxnard, Cali. – to house thousands of unaccompanied alien children, or UACs, who were apprehended at the southern U.S. border.
Bridenstine went to Ft. Sill to observe the conditions under which the 1,200 UACs there are living and to find out to whom they would be released.
But when he showed up at the facility, Bridenstine says he was told by a guard with a security unit which calls itself the “Brown Shirts” that he could not observe the children or their living conditions.
When the congressman spoke to a manager and HHS official, he was told he would have to schedule a formal visit for July 21.
“Any Member of Congress should have the legal authority to visit a federal youth detention facility without waiting three weeks,” Bridenstine said in his statement.
Here is the picture, via KGOU, of the Congressman being stopped in his tracks and barred from a US Government facility by… a man in a T-shirt with the word, “SECURITY,” printed on it.
Don’t just complain, Bridenstine, do something about it!
There is no way that a Federal Department should have the authority to imprison humans without any witnesses or accountability from other branches of government. Most particularly, they should be open to bipartisan inquiry from our elected representatives.
Has it come to the point where we have to explain to people that our elected representatives are the core of our governing structure? This is Democracy 101!
We need an immediate investigation. We need to subpoena all those guards and send a group of investigators to these secret facilities to enter at their own timing and discretion. Any brown-shirted thug who tries to stop them should be arrested.