Monday, May 08, 2006

"I'm Not in the Intelligence Business"

In case you were wondering why Donald Rumsfeld paused after he said that the other day, it wasn't because he realized he'd unintentionally punned. It's because he realized he'd told another whopper of a lie. And there was no backing out of it.

This should have been dramatically driven home this morning as you watched the news of General Hayden's nomination as CIA Director. One White House spokesperson after another assures us that this four-star general has twenty years of intelligence experience. How is that possible if the Secretary of Defense is not in the intelligence business?

Easy: Rumsfeld lied. Again. Hell, anyone who watches The West Wing knows it.

And no one in the press is calling him on it.

It took me exactly eighteen seconds using Google to find proof that has somehow evaded our national media.

Surf on over to the government's own website: "United States Intelligence Community: Who We Are" and read the following (italics mine):

"The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has all-source analytical capabilities that cover the whole world outside US borders. ...

"Three major intelligence agencies in the Department of Defense (DoD) - the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) - absorb the larger part of the national intelligence budget....

"Although the Intelligence Reform Act provides extensive budgetary and management authorities over these agencies to the Director of National Intelligence, it does not revoke the responsibilities of the Secretary of Defense for these agencies."

Hear that? Does not revoke. The very satellites we use to spy on other countries are Mr. Rumsfeld's business. He is supposed to be very much in the intelligence business, and if he doesn't know it, it is yet another reason why we're in the mess we're in, and why he must go. Now.

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