Hayden as Goss’ Replacement? And you thought it couldn’t get worse.

5 05 2006

General Michael Hayden’s name is being floated tonight by senior officials as a potential replacement for fired CIA chief Porter Goss. Hayden is principal deputy director of US intelligence and was the director of the NSA for five years. He carried out the President’s unconstitutional spying on hundreds (or possibly thousands) of Americans … an illegal operation conducted to “protect American freedom”. Recently speaking about the scandal, former White House counsel John Dean sagely observed that “a nation that has lost control of its Commander-in-Chief has become something other than a democracy.”

A rational mind might think Hayden unconfirmable by any vertebrate Senate based merely on this exchange with Knight-Ridder’s Jonathan Landay at the National Press Club in January:

Let’s review:

Landay: “…the Fourth Amendment of the [United States] Constitution specifies that you must have probable cause to be able to do a search that does not violate an American’s right against unlawful searches and seizures…”

Gen. Hayden: “No, actually – the Fourth Amendment actually protects all of us against unreasonable search and seizure.”

Landay: “But the –“

Gen. Hayden: “That’s what it says.”

Landay: “The legal measure is probable cause, it says.”

Gen. Hayden: “The Amendment says: unreasonable search and seizure.”

Landay: “But does it not say ‘probable cause’?”

Gen. Hayden [exasperated, scowling]: “No! The Amendment says unreasonable search and seizure.”

Landay: “The legal standard is probable cause, General — “

Gen. Hayden [indignant]: “Just to be very clear … mmkay… and believe me, if there’s any Amendment to the Constitution that employees of the National Security Agency are familiar with, it’s the Fourth. Alright? And it is a reasonableness standard in the Fourth Amendment. The constitutional standard is ‘reasonable’.”

The General of Sanctimony would do well to brush up on the Fourth amendment prior to those confirmation hearings.

Perhaps the rumor isn’t true, and Hayden’s people are floating it to advance their own fortunes. While Hayden is doing plenty of damage where he currently sits, his ascension to CIA director would further jeopardize our crumbling Constitution. Such a nomination by the Bush White House would not move our nation in the right direction. It would move us further toward darkness; delivering another cold breeze at a time when the once-brilliant flame of American critical thought is flickering under the strengthening winds of our irrational fears.

Each day our society looks more like a bizarre prequel to Brave New World. Standing up for freedom with any intellectual honesty means defending the sanctity of inherent individual rights against encroachment by the State – even in the face of made-for-TV bogeymen. And since 9-11-01, there seem to be precious few people doing that.

15 responses to “Hayden as Goss’ Replacement? And you thought it couldn’t get worse.”
6 05 2006
The Moderate Voice (00:39:02) :

CIA’s Porter Goss Was Forced Out

More details are starting to trickle out on the surprise, abrupt announcement by President George Bush that CIA Director Porter Goss had submitted his resignation — and it had been accepted.

The rapidity with which this announcement …

6 05 2006
The Moderate Voice (00:39:02) :

CIA’s Porter Goss Was Forced Out

More details are starting to trickle out on the surprise, abrupt announcement by President George Bush that CIA Director Porter Goss had submitted his resignation — and it had been accepted.

The rapidity with which this announcement …

6 05 2006
skip (08:04:00) :

I know someone in a position to assess Hayden well. Said person remarked that “Hayden wanted another star and sold the NSA out to get it.”

6 05 2006
anonymous (09:30:33) :
6 05 2006
skip (08:04:00) :

I know someone in a position to assess Hayden well. Said person remarked that “Hayden wanted another star and sold the NSA out to get it.”

6 05 2006
pj (10:45:22) :

In somewhat oversimplified form:

1. The first clause of the Fourth Amendment does establish the standard, and that standard is “unreasonable,” which term is left, apparently, to the courts to decide.

2. The second clause of the Fourth Amendment establishes the limit, and that limit is clearly spelled out. It is that “no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation.”

It is the specificity of that second clause which has forced this administration — and who knows which others — to seek out complacent jurists, to fabricate rationale, to forge and back-date documents, and in final desperation to unabashedly break the law.

6 05 2006
anonymous (09:30:33) :
6 05 2006
Anonymous (10:19:50) :

If you can link the video, that would be great. Does http://www.CrooksAndLiars.com have it? This is important — would be great to feed them the link or .WMV .

Thank you!!!!!!

6 05 2006
pj (10:45:22) :

In somewhat oversimplified form:

1. The first clause of the Fourth Amendment does establish the standard, and that standard is “unreasonable,” which term is left, apparently, to the courts to decide.

2. The second clause of the Fourth Amendment establishes the limit, and that limit is clearly spelled out. It is that “no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation.”

It is the specificity of that second clause which has forced this administration — and who knows which others — to seek out complacent jurists, to fabricate rationale, to forge and back-date documents, and in final desperation to unabashedly break the law.

6 05 2006
Shining Light In Dark Corners (16:40:35) :

General Hayden New CIA Director?

Porter Goss is out at CIA and it looks like General Hayden is in. This sudden surprising move is creating much speculation about the reasons. It seems likely to me that either there is a scandal waiting to happen, or Goss was simply a loyal hatchetman …

6 05 2006
Shining Light In Dark Corners (16:40:35) :

General Hayden New CIA Director?

Porter Goss is out at CIA and it looks like General Hayden is in. This sudden surprising move is creating much speculation about the reasons. It seems likely to me that either there is a scandal waiting to happen, or Goss was simply a loyal hatchetman …

7 05 2006
John Alejandro King (06:17:03) :

How could we work together? I only know one female CIA employee who would consider posing for your photography, but she’s special. Nearly 6 ft. tall, extraordinary David Bowie-ish face, mid ’50’s, thin yet shapely. Still has the skin tone, as I can attest, for I’ve seen her naked numerous times – I believe she might go for it.

My actual entre to ‘The Cosmic Trap’ (pun intended) is KGB.com, which publishes lots of Classified Covert Comic quotes.

And, speaking of Cosmic Taps, let’s not forget The Covert Comic’s legendary book of ‘tap secret’ poety, ‘Black Matters.’ You wanna read a Langley insider’s Cosmic Tap-friendly view of the intel powers that be? Black Matters is it.

Or at least, Black Matters aspires to be nearly it. Cosmic Tap is IT.

7 05 2006
mindmaker (07:32:55) :

[Surfed on in from Dave Farber’s Interesting-People (IP) Mail List.] It looks as though the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld administration is getting rid of all the decent, non-fanatic personnel and replacing them with hard-core line-toers who will carry the intended coup d’etat through with jackboot precision until they all swing from the gallows at Nuremberg.

7 05 2006
John Alejandro King (06:17:03) :

How could we work together? I only know one female CIA employee who would consider posing for your photography, but she’s special. Nearly 6 ft. tall, extraordinary David Bowie-ish face, mid ’50’s, thin yet shapely. Still has the skin tone, as I can attest, for I’ve seen her naked numerous times – I believe she might go for it.

My actual entre to ‘The Cosmic Trap’ (pun intended) is KGB.com, which publishes lots of Classified Covert Comic quotes.

And, speaking of Cosmic Taps, let’s not forget The Covert Comic’s legendary book of ‘tap secret’ poety, ‘Black Matters.’ You wanna read a Langley insider’s Cosmic Tap-friendly view of the intel powers that be? Black Matters is it.

Or at least, Black Matters aspires to be nearly it. Cosmic Tap is IT.

7 05 2006
mindmaker (07:32:55) :

[Surfed on in from Dave Farber’s Interesting-People (IP) Mail List.] It looks as though the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld administration is getting rid of all the decent, non-fanatic personnel and replacing them with hard-core line-toers who will carry the intended coup d’etat through with jackboot precision until they all swing from the gallows at Nuremberg.

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