Tuesday, May 09, 2006

How Many More Days Until it is Officially a Police State?

An active duty general as head of the CIA? Even some Republicans are balking at the nomination of Air Force General Michael Hayden as CIA director. Hayden, as director of the NSA, was instrumental in the widespread advance of wiretaps and other invasive surveillance techniques on American citizens.

Once again Baby Doc is demonstrating, publically, unabashedly and blatantly, his disregard for individual liberties and personal freedom.

Jimmy Carter's CIA Director, Stansfield Turner (himself a retired Navy admiral) says about General Mikey, "If he interprets the law as he appears to be interpreting it, I think it's bad for the country to have the chief of intelligence having telephones in the United States monitored without somebody else approving it."

At least some in Der Monkey Fuehrer's own party are digging their heels in on this one.

Pete Hoekstra of Michigan, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, says Hayden "is the wrong person at the wrong place at the wrong time." And Susan Collins (R-ME) says that Hayden at least should resign or retire from the Air Force and "put to rest questions about whether an active duty military officer should lead the CIA at this time."

No question of that happening, though. National Intelligence Director John Negroponte (previously famous for being an unindicted felon in the Iran Contra scandal) says Hayden "has no such plans and calls him a 'very, very independent-minded' individual who wouldn't bow to any Pentagon pressure."

Yeah, and monkeys might fly out of my ass.