CIA Head Backed Spying on Citizens, "Doesn't Understand" 4th
General Michael V. Hayden is favourite to step up to take the head position at the CIA after the resignation of Porter J Goss who stepped down in advance of the revelations that he and a top aide may have attended Watergate poker parties where bribes and hookers were provided to corrupt congressmen.
Hayden is National Intelligence Director John Negroponte's senior deputy.
"Such a move would bring further power to Mr Negroponte, a rising star of the administration." reports the London Independent.
Negroponte’s job is to coordinate the work of 16 different intelligence agencies, including the CIA and the giant National Security Agency, which eavesdrops on international communications, as well as the Energy Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The role was created immediately after 9/11 and ties in with the Defense Department's Total Information Awareness Program, which seeks to gather a "lifetime paper trail" of all citizens and centralize the information on a giant database.
The co-ordination of all intelligence gathering services by Negroponte is the first step of this nightmarish Orwellian program. The excuse for all this is of course the war on terror.
It has been claimed that Porter Goss was out of his depth as CIA head and was merely a puppet who failed to tow the line. According to some intelligence officials, he had been standing up for the CIA as an autonomous agency, and was holding firm against "micromanagement". Tensions came to a boil when John Negroponte decided that many analysts from the CIA should be centralized and moved to the new National Counterterrorism Center.
Negroponte is a NeoCon Stalwart who has been lurking in the shadows as long as Cheney and Rumsfeld. He was a key figure behind the invasion of Iraq, having served as ambassador there.
He was also intimately involved in the Iran-Contra scandal, defying the House and personally urging the CIA and the president's national security adviser to continue secretly arming contra rebels and death squads from bases in Honduras to overthrow the government of Nicaragua.
The initial director of Total Information Awareness (TIA), John Poindexter, has also been intimately involved with covert ops for decades.
He too was exposed as a criminal traitor in the Iran Contra scandal, lost his job as National Security Adviser under Ronald Reagan, and was convicted of conspiracy, lying to Congress, defrauding the government, and destroying evidence in the Iran Contra scandal.
These criminals are now being employed to run the country's intelligence gathering network, spy on citizens and co-ordinate all the information into huge databases.
General Hayden's appointment out of Negroponte's office is yet another move towards the TIA agenda. If he gets the job, a military officer would be in charge of every major US spy agency.
Hayden, as head of the NSA, oversaw the recently exposed secret warrantless surveillance program against US citizens, dubbed the "terrorist surveillance program", on behalf of President Bush, and has been the most forceful defender of the eavesdropping program since its disclosure in December.
In January of this year, Hayden, in an appearance today before the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., appeared to be unfamiliar with the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution when pressed by a reporter with Knight Ridder's Washington office -- despite his claims that he was actually something of an expert on it.
See below for the video of the encounter.
Its concerning to witness a military general, in charge of intelligence gathering in the US, who is so completely wrong on the constitutional laws of the nation and yet displays all the righteousness of a televangelist.
According to Hayden's logic, you can go out and rob a bank and then plead innocence on the basis that theft isn't illegal and that theft in fact doesn't mean theft.
These long time criminals feel they can break the law because they do not recognize it in the first place. They have placed themselves above the law and are hell bent on destroying our freedoms and civil liberties.
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