Tuesday, August 17, 2004

All I can say is, if the Senate Dems bend over for Goss' nomination in the spirit of 'unity' or 'not appearing negative', they should be rounded up and shot:

"The Goss bill tracks current law by stating that the DCI shall “collect, coordinate and direct” the collection of intelligence by the U.S. government—except that the CIA “may not exercise police, subpoena, or law enforcement powers within the United States.”

The bill then adds new language after that clause, however, saying that the ban on domestic law-enforcement operations applies “except as otherwise permitted by law or as directed by the president.”

In effect, one former top U.S. intelligence community official told NEWSWEEK, the language in the Goss bill would enable the president to issue secret findings allowing the CIA to conduct covert operations inside the United States—without even any notification to Congress."

That's right -- Porter thinks it would be a good idea to turn the CIA loose on American citizens at the whim of the President.

I don't give a good goddamn what you think about the War on Terra. The CIA are, basically, scum. They're professional scum, mind you -- that's why we pay them. If they weren't, they wouldn't be of any use to those in power.

If you want a handy pop culture metaphor, CIA spooks are like the Dementors from the latest Harry Potter movie. You might argue about whether they're necessary or not, but you wouldn't want one within a hundred miles of you and yours.

The introduction of this bill alone proves Goss is completely unqualified to head the CIA. If he's that clueless about their very nature, how can he properly lead the department?

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