The most transparent governments on earth with the highest citizen satisfaction have one thing in common--an Office of Ombudsman--which represents the interests of the People of the nation when agencies of governments or leaders do not fulfil their responsibilities to do so.
Those who have read my books and articles know that for years this has been a passionate topic for me, but we now have a chance to actually make it happen.
Why? Because Congress itself is in need of an Office of Ombudsman to force the Department of Justice and FBI to comply with the law. Only now it seems they realize what the public has known for some time.... there simply is no means to force these agencies to follow the law themselves. Congress has complete oversight authority and subpoena powers over both of these Executive agencies by law, with no means of enforcing it. They are certainly not going to arrest themselves, as Representative David Nunes and the House Judiciary Committee are presently finding out.
Bloomberg recently reported that, "U.S. House Republicans are drafting a contempt of Congress resolution against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray, claiming stonewalling in producing material related to the Russia-Trump probes and other matters." That was a month ago today but nothing has emanated from the recipients except a yawn. Who is going to slap them in handcuffs and carry them away for breaking the law themselves? No one, and they know it, which must change before there can be any integrity at either agency.
The DOJ and FBI placed themselves above the law long ago, as any who have dealt with either agency knows quite well. Congress unwittingly aided, abetted and allowed this--but now finds itself in need of a solution, and an Office of Ombudsman is the answer.
Of the 72 nations that consider themselves free and democratic, 71 of them have created such an independent arbiter of justice. The only holdout is The United States of America. Maybe Congress will finally do the right thing now that it is itself getting a taste of how these agencies operate outside of law and oversight. Our movement for an independent prosecutor of bad government actors--an Office of Ombudsman--may get the action and traction it should have received long ago.
Push your Representatives to support an independent Office of Ombudsman NOW! No one in America should be above the law--especially those charged with its enforcement.
Howell W. Woltz
Author of international bestseller, "Justice Restored: 10 steps to End Mass Incarceration in America," and "The Way Back to America: 10 steps to restore the United States to Constitutional Government," available at Barnes & Noble or www.justicerestored.com
Born in North Carolina and educated at the University of Virginia, Wake Forest University and Caledonian University in Scotland, Howell now lives in Warsaw, Poland with his wife, Dr. Magdalena Iwaniec-Woltz. Howell is the European Correspondent for The Richardson Post and Chairman of The International Centre for Justice.