Monday, May 08, 2006

Loyal Soldier Hayden Nominated To Replace Goss As Head Of CIA

The White House today officially nominated deputy director of national intelligence Gen. Michael Hayden to succeed Porter Goss as head of the CIA. Goss resigned Friday.

The move wasn't a surprise. It's another attempt to consolidate power among a very small group of friends and supporters of President Bush, Vice Presidency Cheney and Defense Secretary Rumsfeld. It's their way or the highway. You're either with them or against them.

Hayden, whose nomination has been roundly criticized by both Democrats and Republicans, has been a loyal soldier.

Hayden was one of the administration's "most forceful" defenders of President Bush's warrantless surviellance program, and was director of the National Security Agency when the program was implemented.

In his Oct. 17, 2002 testimony, Hayden told a congressional committee that any surveillance of persons in the United States was done consistent with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which required a court-approved warrant for wiretapping.

In other words, Hayden lied to Congress. That's illegal, and unbecoming of a government official. (Of course, Bush himself told a similar lie about FISA on the campaign trail in 2004.)

Not surprisingly, in 2006 testimony, Hayden agreed with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' defense of the administration's side-stepping FISA. He is, if nothing else, a loyal soldier ... about to get rewarded.

3 Comments:

Anonymous trinity said...

David R. Mark said...
"In his Oct. 17, 2002 testimony, Hayden told a congressional committee that any surveillance of persons in the United States was done consistent with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which required a court-approved warrant for wiretapping.

In other words, Hayden lied to Congress. That's illegal, and unbecoming of a government official. (Of course, Bush himself told a similar lie about FISA on the campaign trail in 2004.)


Yet again, I find myself somewhat amazed at the way this issue continues to be misrepresented by those on the left, including you, Mr. Mark. At this point, I can only surmise that this is being done quite deliberately. Such ignorance of the available facts can only be described as "willful".

And please drop the word "wiretaps" from your vocabulary already. The intercepts that we are talking about are not conventional wiretaps at all. This NSA surveillance program deals with such things as computers and cell phones that are acquired in raids on terrorist safe houses and the like.

The phone numbers and email addresses that are recovered in this way are then monitored in order to discover who in the U.S. is communicating with these terrorists. The entire purpose of doing this is to thwart any and all future attacks by our real enemies, the terrorists, not to eavesdrop on anybody's political enemies. The demagoguery that is emanating from you people makes me want to puke! Keep it up! It's what you do best.

1:36 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Just where the hell are you getting your info from, Trinity? Obviously right-wing radio and not the must more authoritative objective sources available.
Just where is the proof the surveillance program is limited to computers and cell phones taken from terrorist raids? I haven't even heard that spin from the White House.
I suggest you review the investigative articles in the New York Times and Washington Post that sparked the entire NSA debate.
I provided links in an earlier post to you. You obviously ignored the reports in the usual conservative stance: "don't bother me with the facts or objective info when it conflicts with my right-wing fantasy."
Secondly, why don't you explain your position why JABBS misrepresented Hayden's statements or how JABBS position represents "willful ignorance."
I think JABBS makes a sound argument.
Based on what is known about the NSA program, or again at least the best info available, Hayden has lied, the same way Bush has earlier lied on the NSA program when he said last year no surveillance would be done on American citizens without the proper FISA warrants.
That's what it has come down to with you conservatives: either distorting the facts, or as JABBS stated in another post above, resorting to unfair and inaccurate attacks on the Democrats' positions on the issues.
To prevent your party from even further permanent damage, you better find a more credible way to "stay the course" with the now LESS than one-third Americans supporting the Bush Administration (Gallup-AP poll yesterday: Bush down to 31% approval).

2:53 PM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

Trinity, regardless of how you feel about FISA or domestic surveillance, you have to acknowledge that Hayden's 2002 testimony is different than his 2006 testimony on the subject, and that his 2006 testimony mimicks what Gonzales said.

In politics, that's known as a "flip-flop," right?

3:44 PM  

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