Ungodly Politics

"Announcing your plans is a good way to hear god laugh." - Al Swearingen

Saturday, August 14, 2004  

This is the guy Bush wants in charge of the CIA. Remember, he was in charge of the committee charged with overseeing intelligence for years leading up to 9/11.

Goss's Wish List: "Rep. Porter Goss, President Bush's nominee to head the CIA, recently introduced legislation that would give the president new authority to direct CIA agents to conduct law-enforcement operations inside the United States -- including arresting American citizens.


But in language that until now has not gotten any public attention, the Goss bill would also redefine the authority of the DCI in such a way as to substantially alter - if not overturn - a 57-year-old ban on the CIA conducting operations inside the United States.
The language contained in the Goss bill has alarmed civil-liberties advocates.


"This language on its face would have allowed President Nixon to authorize the CIA to bug the Democratic National Committee headquarters," Jeffrey H. Smith, who served as general counsel of the CIA between 1995 and 1996, told NEWSWEEK. "I can't imagine what Porter had in mind.""
"I can't imagine what Porter had in mind," the man says. I can.

This is much, much worse than I originally thought. The Dems need to fight this tooth and nail, and they won't, I'm sure.

posted by lazarus | 17:12 | |
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