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23rd Jan '18 2:23:49 AM WillyFourEyes
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The United States Congress is one of the most powerful legislative bodies in the world. It has an oversight capacity that is quite simply huge, and investigates pretty much every aspect of American government policy though a system of permanent and ad-hoc committees. These committees have the power to issue subpoenas and compel relevant officials to testify under oath. While most often rather boring and tedious for most involved, at times they've become high political theater with some instances ([[RedScare HUAC]], [[{{Scandalgate}} Watergate]]) becoming etched in modern history. Of course the [[WindbagPolitician members of the committee]] have a tendency to act like every last one of these committees is of the '''utmost''' importance.

Thus if they are at all connected to the government, our heroes can count on having to answer to Congress at some point or another for their actions. While matters such as government corruption, terrorism, or military operations are close to TruthInTelevision, you more likely will see congressional oversight committees dealing with everything from the undead to alien species.

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The United States Congress is one of the most powerful legislative bodies in the world. It has an oversight capacity that is quite simply huge, and investigates pretty much every aspect of American government policy though a system of permanent and ad-hoc committees. These committees have the power to issue subpoenas and compel relevant officials to testify under oath. While most often rather boring and tedious for most involved, at times they've become high political theater with some instances ([[RedScare HUAC]], [[{{Scandalgate}} Watergate]]) becoming etched in modern history. Of course the [[WindbagPolitician members of the committee]] have a tendency to act like every last one of these committees is of the '''utmost''' importance.'''[[SeriousBusiness utmost]]''' [[SeriousBusiness importance]].

Thus if they are at all connected to the government, our heroes can count on having to answer to Congress at some point or another for their actions. While matters such as [[CorruptPolitician government corruption, terrorism, corruption]], [[TerrorismTropes terrorism]], or [[MilitaryAndWarfareTropes military operations operations]] are close to TruthInTelevision, you more likely will see congressional oversight committees dealing with everything from the undead {{the undead}} to [[AlienTropes alien species.species]].



For obvious reasons, this is mostly an American and British trope, due of the way how UsefulNotes/CommonLaw works, something that it's very difficult to replicate in other legal systems.

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For obvious reasons, this is mostly an American and British trope, due of to the way how UsefulNotes/CommonLaw works, something that it's very difficult to replicate in other legal systems.
27th Nov '17 10:36:19 AM Kirayoshi
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* In ''Exit Stage Left, the WesternAnimation/{{Snagglepuss}} Chronicles'' (debuting in January 2018), Hanna Barbera character Snagglepuss is [[https://www.newsarama.com/36962-snagglepuss-returns-in-exit-stage-left.html re-envisioned as a closeted gay playwright during the '50s]] (essentially Creator/TennesseeWilliams). In a preview for the book, he is being grilled by the House Committee on Un-American Activities, and clearly not taking it seriously at all. When asked if he was a member of the Communist Party he replies, "Lord of heaven, no! I don't even go to parties anymore!"

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* In ''Exit Stage Left, the WesternAnimation/{{Snagglepuss}} Chronicles'' (debuting in January 2018), Hanna Barbera Creator/HannaBarbera character Snagglepuss is [[https://www.newsarama.com/36962-snagglepuss-returns-in-exit-stage-left.html re-envisioned as a closeted gay playwright during the '50s]] (essentially Creator/TennesseeWilliams). In a preview for the book, he is being grilled by the House Committee on Un-American Activities, and clearly not taking it seriously at all. When asked if he was a member of the Communist Party he replies, "Lord of heaven, no! I don't even go to parties anymore!"
27th Nov '17 10:31:34 AM Kirayoshi
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* In ''Exit Stage Left, the [[WesternAnimation/{{Snagglepuss}}]] Chronicles]] (debuting in January 2018), Hanna Barbera character Snagglepuss is [[https://www.newsarama.com/36962-snagglepuss-returns-in-exit-stage-left.html re-envisioned as a closeted gay playwright during the '50s]] (essentially Creator/TennesseeWilliams). In a preview for the book, he is being grilled by the House Committee on Un-American Activities, and clearly not taking it seriously at all. When asked if he was a member of the Communist Party he replies, "Lord of heaven, no! I don't even go to parties anymore!"

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* In ''Exit Stage Left, the [[WesternAnimation/{{Snagglepuss}}]] Chronicles]] WesternAnimation/{{Snagglepuss}} Chronicles'' (debuting in January 2018), Hanna Barbera character Snagglepuss is [[https://www.newsarama.com/36962-snagglepuss-returns-in-exit-stage-left.html re-envisioned as a closeted gay playwright during the '50s]] (essentially Creator/TennesseeWilliams). In a preview for the book, he is being grilled by the House Committee on Un-American Activities, and clearly not taking it seriously at all. When asked if he was a member of the Communist Party he replies, "Lord of heaven, no! I don't even go to parties anymore!"
27th Nov '17 10:30:50 AM Kirayoshi
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* In ''Exit Stage Left, the [[WesternAnimation/{{Snagglepuss}}]] Chronicles]] (debuting in January 2018), Hanna Barbera character Snagglepuss is [[https://www.newsarama.com/36962-snagglepuss-returns-in-exit-stage-left.html re-envisioned as a closeted gay playwright during the '50s]] (essentially Creator/TennesseeWilliams). In a preview for the book, he is being grilled by the House Committee on Un-American Activities, and clearly not taking it seriously at all. When asked if he was a member of the Communist Party he replies, "Lord of heaven, no! I don't even go to parties anymore!"
8th Jun '17 9:54:09 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''WildCards'' books, the RedScare of TheFifties was supplemented by a fear of super-powered Aces, resulting in the Senate Committee on Ace Resources and Activities ([[FunWithAcronyms SCARE]]). The committee's ruthless attacks on Aces parallel [=McCarthyism=].

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* In the ''WildCards'' ''Literature/WildCards'' books, the RedScare of TheFifties was supplemented by a fear of super-powered Aces, resulting in the Senate Committee on Ace Resources and Activities ([[FunWithAcronyms SCARE]]). The committee's ruthless attacks on Aces parallel [=McCarthyism=].
16th May '17 9:19:54 AM Medinoc
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* [[AllThereInTheManual Supplemental material]] for ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' reveals that [[MissionControl The Administrator]], [[PerkyFemaleMinion Miss Pauling]], and [[ArmsDealer Saxton Hale]] are subjected to this after [[MegaCorp Mann Co.]]'s attempt to launch [[ApesInSpace a monkey into space]] for the government ends [[StuffBlowingUp poorly]]. [[spoiler: [[TheChessmaster The Administrator]] stole the rocket's [[AppliedPhlebotinum Australium]] fuel source for [[ManipulativeBastard her own needs]], which [[TheUnreveal apparently]] shocks the Senators into [[KarmaHoudini letting them all go unpunished]].]]

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* [[AllThereInTheManual Supplemental material]] for ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' reveals that [[MissionControl The Administrator]], [[PerkyFemaleMinion Miss Pauling]], and [[ArmsDealer Saxton Hale]] are subjected to this after [[MegaCorp Mann Co.]]'s attempt to launch [[ApesInSpace a monkey into space]] for the government ends [[StuffBlowingUp poorly]]. [[spoiler: [[TheChessmaster The Administrator]] stole the rocket's [[AppliedPhlebotinum Australium]] fuel source for [[ManipulativeBastard her own needs]], which and said needs [[TheUnreveal apparently]] shocks (whose explanation is censored)]] apparently shock the Senators into [[KarmaHoudini letting them all are and her associates go unpunished]].]]
7th Apr '17 2:35:22 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* Happened to Stanislav Petrov after [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1983_Soviet_nuclear_false_alarm_incident infamous near miss with nuclear war in 1983]]. His being relieved of duty and placed on administrative leave is sometimes mistakenly interpreted as his being punished, but in fact the closest he came to that was a semi-formal reprimand for improperly recording the incident in his duty log. (The official reward he was promised by his CO never materialised either, but c'est la vie.)

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* Happened to Colonel Stanislav Petrov after [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1983_Soviet_nuclear_false_alarm_incident infamous near miss with nuclear war in 1983]]. His being relieved of duty and placed on administrative leave is sometimes mistakenly interpreted as his being punished, but in fact the closest he came to that was a semi-formal reprimand for improperly recording the incident in his duty log. (The official reward he was promised by his CO never materialised either, but c'est la vie.)) Regardless, the committee ultimately concluded that that Petrov had acted properly and he was reinstated.
20th Mar '17 2:54:03 PM dmcreif
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The United States Congress is one of the most powerful legislative bodies on the planet. It has an oversight capacity that is quite simply huge, and investigates pretty much every aspect of American government policy though a system of permanent and ad-hoc committees. These committees have the power to issue subpoenas and compel relevant officials to testify under oath. While most often rather boring and tedious for most involved, at times they've become high political theater with some instances ([[RedScare HUAC]], [[{{Scandalgate}} Watergate]]) becoming etched in modern history. Of course the [[WindbagPolitician members of the committee]] have a tendency to act like every last one of these committees is of the '''utmost''' importance.

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The United States Congress is one of the most powerful legislative bodies on in the planet.world. It has an oversight capacity that is quite simply huge, and investigates pretty much every aspect of American government policy though a system of permanent and ad-hoc committees. These committees have the power to issue subpoenas and compel relevant officials to testify under oath. While most often rather boring and tedious for most involved, at times they've become high political theater with some instances ([[RedScare HUAC]], [[{{Scandalgate}} Watergate]]) becoming etched in modern history. Of course the [[WindbagPolitician members of the committee]] have a tendency to act like every last one of these committees is of the '''utmost''' importance.



Despite the name, this trope also covers investigations carried out by other legislatures, real or fictional. For example, the [[UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem British Parliament]] has permanent Select Committees that investigate certain areas, including public accounts. Some examples might not even be legislatures, as long as its the nominal governing body with a committee.

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Despite the name, this trope also covers investigations carried out by other legislatures, real or fictional. For example, the [[UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem British Parliament]] has permanent Select Committees that investigate certain areas, including public accounts.accounts, hence this page's use of the committee hearing from ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' as the heading image. Some examples might not even be legislatures, as long as its the nominal governing body with a committee.


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* ''Film/RoboCop2014'': Raymond Sellars, CEO of Omnicorp, is introduced speaking before a senate subcommittee regarding his plans to bring robots to American law enforcement.
7th Mar '17 7:56:25 PM luisedgarf
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For obvious reasons, this is mostly an American and British trope, due of the way how UsefulNotes/CommonLaw works, something that it's very difficult to replicate in other legal systems.
3rd Jan '17 1:43:21 AM upupandaway42
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* In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', Senator June Finch summons Comicbook/{{Superman}} to a Congressional hearing to discuss whether he's a [[BewareTheSuperman threat]] or not, and whether he is responsible for the destruction caused in his [[Film/ManOfSteel fight with Zod]]. During the hearing, [[spoiler: Comicbook/LexLuthor blows up the building, killing everyone inside but Clark, sending him into a HeroicBSOD, and making the public more suspicious of the Man of Steel.]]
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