There needs to be a revision in high school and college civics classes. We were taught that there were three branches of government, the executive, legislative and judiciary. Now there are four, which includes the bureaucracy. These unelected public servants are supposed to carry out the will of the Congress and the President with occasional guidance of the Judiciary. Unfortunately, they have taken a life of their own and are barely accountable to anyone. It’s only when they get totally out of line that anything is done about them, and then the wheels of justice grind very slowly to correct their misdeeds. Like the Judiciary, they have virtual lifetime appointments because of the civil service laws. Removing them is difficult for mere incompetence. Malfeasance speeds up the process, but only a little. Most disturbing is the fact the bureaucracies have gotten directly involved in elective politics. The recent abuse of the FISA process is the most glaring example. The warning that we all need to take from this is that we are headed toward a police state if we allow this to go unchecked. When the FBI and Justice Departments get involved in prosecuting who they perceive as their political opponents, democracy cannot last for long. Don’t get me wrong. I am not against all civil service laws. In the 19th century people who were doing their jobs well were routinely removed from office every time there was a change in the political party to controlled the presidency. Reform was needed, but now the scales have gone too far in the other direction. We had best haul in this monster before it devours our Constitutional rights.