Thursday, February 17, 2005

from the "you've gotta be kidding" dept

Bush nominated Negroponte to be the Director of National Intelligence. That's right, the man whose prints are all over Iran-Contra and other fun, yet illegal covert activities is the man in charge of all our intelligence thanks to the 9/11 bill.

"Negroponte began his diplomatic career in 1960 and served in South Vietnam before becoming an aide to Henry Kissinger during negotiations in Paris with North Vietnam. From 1981 to 1985, he was U.S. ambassador to Honduras, where he helped carry out the Reagan administration’s efforts, using the Contra rebels, to oust the Sandinista government in Nicaragua. He also served as ambassador to Mexico and the Philippines."

This is just like Bush naming Kissinger as the head of the 9/11 commission. Yet somehow I doubt the media will make as much fuss. Why should Negroponte get anywhere near controlling intelegence information and resources, let alone have CIA director Porter Goss report to him?

The Bush Administration is getting closer and closer to fulfilling the fears of George Orwell's "1984" government. Where's the outrage? And why does everything Joe Lieberman touch turn to crap?

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