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John Kerry on the Confirmation of General Michael Hayden as CIA Director

by Pamela Leavey

As I reported earlier, the Senate voted 78-15 today, to confirm General Michael Hayden as “Bush’s choice to replace Porter J. Goss, who announced May 5 that he was stepping down after 20 months on the job.”

John Kerry issued the following statement in regards to the confirmation and his vote against the nomination:

“I opposed the nomination of General Michael Hayden to serve as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Circumstances make him the wrong nominee in the wrong place for the wrong job.

“The abuse of the CIA by the Rumsfeld Pentagon and the Cheney White House has hurt our credibility with unfounded claims of ‘slam dunk’ evidence of mythical weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. I don’t think General Hayden is the person best equipped to restore the CIA’s independence and credibility. It’s not just that he comes from Secretary Rumsfeld’s Pentagon, but because he was the Administration’s principal spokesperson and defender of an illegal domestic spying program.

“We are all committed to destroying terrorists and preventing terrorist attacks before they happen. But this vote was a test of this Congress’s willingness to restore the Founding Fathers’ checks and balances and stand up to a government run by people who hold themselves above the law. How many times will government secrecy shield decision-makers from any kind of accountability? It was a mistake to confirm General Hayden.”

6 Responses to “John Kerry on the Confirmation of General Michael Hayden as CIA Director”

  1. I am so proud to be able to say to all who might inquire that Kerry voted NO on the confirmation of General Hayden!!!

  2. Found this at another site…

    On the Nomination (Confirmation General Michael V. Hayden, U.S. Air Force, to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency )

    The Rubber Stampers……

    Akaka (D-HI)
    Baucus (D-MT)
    Biden (D-DE)
    Bingaman (D-NM)
    Byrd (D-WV)
    Carper (D-DE)
    Feinstein (D-CA)
    Jeffords (I-VT)
    Johnson (D-SD)
    Kohl (D-WI)
    Landrieu (D-LA)
    Lautenberg (D-NJ)
    Leahy (D-VT)
    Levin (D-MI)
    Lieberman (D-CT)
    Lincoln (D-AR)
    Mikulski (D-MD)
    Murray (D-WA)
    Nelson (D-FL)
    Nelson (D-NE)
    Pryor (D-AR)
    Reed (D-RI)
    Reid (D-NV)
    Sarbanes (D-MD)
    Schumer (D-NY)
    Stabenow (D-MI)

    Notice Biden is still making reservations. and that POS wants to run for President? He has sold Dems out on Rice, Gonzales and now Hayden. What a jerk.

    Also Harry Reid….gees..with leaders like this, no wonder we loose. Somebody send this guy to the soup barn where he can drool in private.

    Byrd, Feinstein, my Senators Levin and Stabenau all voted for Hayden. It is hard to complain about civil rights violations when you vote for the person in charge of breaking the law.

    And of course as expected Joe “Repub-like” Lieberman.

    This crew really make sme sick.

  3. Oh no! Although I’m Boston born, my home now is in Reno, and to my horror, “my” senator is one of bad guys. He’ll be getting a letter.

  4. Landrieu, oh you are gonna hear about this!!

  5. Maybe we could flood the CIA with copies of the Bill of Rights!
    ~~Ah, but instead of arriving at General Hayden’s new office, I have a feeling some poor underpaid janitor will just have to clean up the mess in the mailroom.

    Hmmm… if burning the flag is soon to become unconstitutional, maybe we could start a petition to outlaw the throwing away of the Bill of Rights! And after that, a petition to outlaw ignoring the Bill of Rights!
    ~~Maybe some senate Democrats would support that.

  6. I am, to say the least, shocked that as many Demos voted for the confirmation of general hayden as CIA director. Note, I won’t give hayden any respect, nor my senetors, by not capitalizing their titles or names.
    you and I are on the same page with stabwow and levin. I’m still in a state of dismay over the senate and the sellout by the democrates.

    Calvin J. Everly