The Emperor's New Pick

May 08, 2006 by barbara

by Barbara Miller

Here we go again. Bush is trying to foist another iffy pick on the American people.

General Michael Hayden is being tapped by Bush to head up the CIA. Hayden is John Negroponte's principal deputy in the National Intelligence Agency. Bush appointed Hayden to that position, too. So clearly he is Bush's boy. Foxes and henhouses, don't you know. It is the way of things in Bush World.

So do we know who Michael Hayden is? Until yesterday, probably not. But every time George W. Bush claims that his appointee du jour is "supremely qualified," stand back for a stunning display of red flags. (Wikipedia says that red flags are the international symbol for "blood of angry workers." Yeah, pretty much.)

If Hayden is confirmed by the Senate, the military-industrial complex will have a new poster boy. Is it really in our best interest to have a career military dude heading up the civilian spook agency? Creeps me out, frankly. And Bush's endorsement of him creeps me out even more.

Hayden helped initiate and oversee Bush's wiretapping initiative. And he has been its strong defender ever since. Ick.

Today, bloggers everywhere are citing the Fourth Amendment (which I also had to look up, since I could not cite it verbatim) as it relates to Hayden, to wit:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Here's the deal. If Hayden survives confirmation, for all practical purposes, the Pentagon ends up running the CIA. Can you say Donald Rumsfeld?

Pay close attention to this one. We're being taken for another bumpy ride. Between that and the perpetual Bush spin cycle, we're a nation in desperate need of Dramamine.

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