Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Damn, This is the Last Thing We Need

“The nomination of retired Vice Admiral John Michael "Mike" McConnell to be Director of National Intelligence is part of an effort by the Vice President to tighten the Administration’s grip on domestic intelligence and grease the wheels for a more aggressive stance towards Iran, current and former intelligence officials believe.”

Trouble is when you read the whole piece it gets worse. Seems Negroponte wouldn’t do the vice president’s bidding. Will McConnell?

Here’s another quote from the article.

“The other key area of concern for the intelligence community in McConnell’s nomination is the Executive Branch’s attempt to expand domestic surveillance programs, especially those conducted by the National Security Agency.
Current and former intelligence officials say that Negroponte and his staff were not comfortable with the level of domestic surveillance or the use of NSA wiretaps that were being pushed by the White House.”

So from this article it would appear that McConnell may be a lap dog for the vice president. Jesus, will this stuff ever stop? Can we take any more of these crooked dealings?

Hello? Democratic Senators and Representatives? You can stop this now. Please do.


Blogger sumo said...

Will it never stop!

January 09, 2007 1:51 AM  
Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

not until all these Bastards are gone ; (

January 09, 2007 2:19 AM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

The domestic surveillance program operates under the assumption that we are all guilty until proven innocent. It is unconstitutional and has yet to uncover one terrorist in this country. It's purpose is to gather information on dissenters and the opposition party to keep them quiet while the corpocracy loots the country.

January 09, 2007 3:14 AM  
Blogger Jim Wilkins said...

Hopefully the Democrats can get this thing under control and create some accountability for themselves and use the balance of powers to offset anything sinister.

January 09, 2007 4:10 AM  
Blogger Frederick said...

Is anyone concerned yet at how many Military Generals are in charge of civilian agencies yet?

January 09, 2007 4:18 AM  
Blogger Pogo said...

It's pretty (crystal) clear that Dumya is clearing the decks of any dissentors and putting yes men in allthe places he needs them to implement his nutty strategy without being second guessed by members of his administrationor the military. BTW, Arianna Huffington has a hilarious piece about Dimya's delusional approach to Iraq.

Well if we just send in another 20,000 troops we can make Iraq into a democratic Oasis in the Arabian desert (Dick, is Iraq in the Arabian desert?)

January 09, 2007 5:46 AM  
Blogger Durward Discussion said...

The scariest part of all of this is the total inability for this administration to make even one good decision or judgement of value.

When incompetence rises to that level, you have to question if it is on purpose. It is almost as if destruction is the goal, and that thought could give you a lot of sleepless nights.

January 09, 2007 6:00 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

These guys won't quit trying to consolidate their power until someone makes them. It is up to us and the Congress to do so.

January 09, 2007 6:31 AM  
Blogger Reflections said...

As a high ranking military man he has taken orders all his life, and this will continue in this position. The vice-prez was the conductor of the war in Iraq and will direct the intervention in Iran unless congress reels these fools in.
We can't afford to police the world, if North Korea and Iran are such a world problem then let the rest of the world deal with them!
If either country used a nuke, they would themselves be vaporized, they can't be dumb enough not to see that. But they also know with the nuts in the White House, all they have to do is needle them and they will do something stupid which will also lower our standing in the world even more than now if thats possible!

January 09, 2007 6:42 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

It is almost as if destruction is the goal, and that thought could give you a lot of sleepless nights.

yep, crack open Iraq, and suck out all the oil while the ants boil around. Except that the Iraqis are not ants, and we don't have enough soldiers to stabilise the country enough to get the oil. (the bastards)

I hear alot of good things coming out of Congress now, but the one subject that I hear a deafening silence on is the breaking of the constitution, and the stripping of our rights. When will those issues be addressed? Until they are, we still live in a failed, police state. Until there's public financing of elections, we still have bought and sold politicians.

January 09, 2007 6:52 AM  
Blogger Gracie said...

PoP, It will continue until we force Congress to stop this insanity. We're like the frog in a pot of water that is slowly coming to a boil - it's extremely frightening.

BTW, thanks for watering my plants, getting the mail, & taking care of the kitties. :-) I owe you!

January 09, 2007 7:07 AM  
Blogger Michael Bains said...

Yes to Frederick's concern, and I think Shrub's history as a corporate exec (and quasi-A.W.O.L.er) suggest that Jamie is spot-on. I just don't think his (handlers') goals are achievable in the case of Iraq.

There's enough criminal intent, and activity to Impeach.

Keep bugging your Reps!

January 09, 2007 1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To address Fred's point...this is what I wrote in my own post over at Blognonymous:

Seems to me that one military officer willing to drive a stake through the heart of the Constitution--General Michael Hayden, now at CIA, formerly of NSA illegal surveillance fame--at the top of our national intelligence hierarchy is enough.

January 09, 2007 2:49 PM  
Blogger pissed off patricia said...

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January 09, 2007 4:33 PM  
Blogger Undeniable Liberal said...

It's just about time to take to the streets. The question is: are enough of us up to it?

January 09, 2007 4:48 PM  
Blogger Omnipotent Poobah said...

And this nomination is surprising how?

January 09, 2007 6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OOh, frederick makes a good point. Now I'm disturbed (much more so than usual).

January 09, 2007 6:38 PM  
Blogger C-dell said...

That is all the Bush administration wants is henchmen. People who will do what they say without question.

January 09, 2007 7:29 PM  
Blogger JM said...

Yea, this is a bit of a buzz-kill. But it's not like we've come to expect statesmanlike leadership from our de facto President Darth Cheney, or our shrublike figurehead Preznut. I can only hope the Democrats show more backbone than they've exhibited in the past; this is certainly no time to play it safe politically.

January 09, 2007 8:03 PM  
Blogger Anon-Paranoid said...

As we all know, we are all on the NSA Terrorist Watch List as potential terrorists. Just like the Quakers because they sponsor peace rallies.

Since I started my blog I've had one totally unknown visit. The only clue was it was somewhere in Virginia and if I had too guess I would expect Langley.

However, I have also had 1 visit from Riyad, Saudi Arabia and within the last 5 days I've had a visit from ISP: South Dakota State Government and early this morning from Kuwait ISP: Ministry of Communications.

The Kuwait and Riyad visits I suspect were from the U.S. Government to see whether my site should be blocked so U.S. Troops don't see it or to find out how the American People feel about Der Fuehrer Bush's War in Iraq.

Whether or not my assumptions are correct above I do know that I and anyone else who speaks out against Der Fuehrer is on a watch list by the Gestapo of Der Fuehrer Bush.

This is what is becomming of our Country under his regimne and its not very pretty.

All Democrats now sitting in Washington, either in the House or Senate have too walk a fine line as they are now liable to arrest under the Military Commissions Act for actions Der Fuehrer or the Head oh Homeland Security think are harmful to the United States.

Remember there is now no Habeas Corpus for anyone they decide is an enemy combatant and that includes American Citizens.

I hope and pray we can take our country back from these Fascists without taking it to the streets. The Reich wing likes to knock the French about how they never won a War, but they forget the French Revolution and it just so happens that we might have another revolution right here soon...

Sorry for the rant, I couldn't help myself.

God Bless all.

January 09, 2007 8:04 PM  
Blogger bohemiantroubadour said...

The world will unite over Global Warming. Global Warming is the new Marxism.

January 09, 2007 8:57 PM  
Blogger troutsky said...

Whats wrong with taking it to the streets? they are our streets! Im looking for a Popular Front of Marxists and Warmists.Speaking odf streets, if you are not in the streets on Thursday after the Surge speech you deserve what you get.Get some folks and get your protest ON!

January 09, 2007 9:38 PM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

"The Bush Vacuum Cabinet" as I once heard it described. You either say yes, or you're on the street.

Where are our representatives? Been wondering that myself, for a long time, now. If you find out, please let me know.

January 10, 2007 1:08 AM  

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