Friday, May 19, 2006

The Hayden nomination
Well, that was quick

Can anybody tell your blogstress how the nomination of Gen. Michael V. Hayden to the directorate of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) went, in the course of a day, from being "troubled" to "on track"? At his nomination hearing, Hayden consistently stonewalled on significant questions: detainees, NSA domestic spying and his role in such. (Of course, toi et moi will never know what he told the senators on double super-secret background in the closed session.)

Your cybertrix believes that unless every Democrat on that committee votes "no" on moving this nomination to the floor, the idea of an opposition party is a cruel illusion.


CLICK HERE FOR A TRANSCRIPT OF THE HEARING FROM THE WASHINGTON POST

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Funny biz on Air Force contract

On a different subject, a visit to The Delusional Duck yielded this overlooked tidbit on the criminal investigation of Air Force Chief of Staff Michael Moseley and his precessor, Gen. John Jumpers, for some funny business regarding a $49.9 million contract.

Duck drew on the work of ABC's indefatigable Brian Ross for the goods. You'll recall that your blogstress had a conversation with Mr. Ross earlier this week for FishbowlDC in which Mr. Ross alleged that the government had turned anti-terrorism tools on reporters, including him.

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The Hayden nomination
Back to civvies?

Your blogstress's good friend, Phillip Coons of The Delusional Duck writes:

Addie, I feel this is an important point!

From Navy Times: Asked whether he is considering retiring from the military to take the CIA post, Hayden, dressed in his Air Force uniform bearing a host of medals, told the panel: “The fact that I have to decide what tie to put on in the morning doesn’t change who I am.”

He said a more important issue was whether he could “bond” with those at the CIA. If the uniform “gets in the way of that, I’ll make the right decision.”


CLICK HERE FOR A TRANSCRIPT OF THE HEARING FROM THE WASHINGTON POST

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