Flag Barn wallpaper. This might be disrespectful if we go strictly by the Title 4 flag code, but I like it.
Mike McConnell is Director of National Intelligence. Sounds important doesn’t it. It should, his responsibilities include principal security adviser to the President, serving as the head of the sixteen-member Intelligence Community and oversight and direction of the National Intelligence Program. Along with the requisite technical qualifications one would think that such an individual would possess some basic tenets of character like being honest and worthy of the nation’s trust. Forget that he works for the president. Like the current occupants of the Whitehouse Mikey works for you and me, the people that pay his salary and provide him and his family with the best possible health-care coverage, also at our expense. Mikey has intelligence credentials up the yazoo, but he seems to be more then willing to twist the truth beyond all recognition and not because that is what is best for America. Nope when Mikey lies he tells whoppers and his only reason is the same old reason that continues to be a stinking pox on the Conservative movement. He lies because loyalty to the conservative movement trumps loyalty to country, DNI McConnell: I Lied To The Senate
Earlier this week, in testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell claimed the new expansive FISA legislation passed by Congress prior to the August recess — the so-called Protect America Act — had helped to thwart a an alleged terror plot in Germany.A government official later told the New York Times that McConnell was wrong, and that the intelligence had been collected under the old FISA law which required warrants. A chorus of House Democrats immediately raised concerns about McConnell’s claims.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) demanded McConnell back up his sworn statement. Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) said the Protect America Act “played no role in uncovering the recent German terrorist plot.” House Intelligence Committee chairman Silvestre Reyes urge McConnell “to issue a public statement immediately” correcting his remarks.
In a statement released today, McConnell unapologetically acknowledged he lied to the Senate:
During the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing on September 10, 2007, I discussed the critical importance to our national security of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), and the recent amendments to FISA made by the Protect America Act. The Protect America Act was urgently needed by our intelligence professionals to close critical gaps in our capabilities and permit them to more readily follow terrorist threats, such as the plot uncovered in Germany. However, information contributing to the recent arrests was not collected under authorities provided by the Protect America Act.
On occasion Republicans will try to appear like civilized rational Americans. It’s like a cheap Halloween mask they start sweating underneath and the mask comes off and they reveal who and what they really are, Boehner misleadingly responds to ‘small price’ criticism
Last night, TPM caught House Minority Leader John Boehner saying that the sacrifice of soldiers who have died or been wounded in Iraq “will be a small price if we’re able to stop al Qaeda.” After Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), DNC Chairman Howard Dean and DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen condemned the remarks, Boehner’s office finally responded, telling the Politico that he was “asked about the money spent in Iraq, and that’s what Mr. Boehner was referring to” with his “small price” comment. But a look at the interview’s transcript clearly shows he was asked about troop deaths:
BLITZER: How much longer will U.S. taxpayers have to shell out $2 billion a week or $3 billion a week as some now are suggesting the cost is going to endure? The loss in blood, the Americans who are killed every month, how much longer do you think this commitment, this military commitment is going to require?
BOEHNER: I think General Petraeus outlined it pretty clearly. We’re making success. We need to firm up those successes. We need to continue our effort here because, Wolf, long term, the investment that we’re making today will be a small price if we’re able to stop al Qaeda here, if we’re able to stabilize the Middle East, it’s not only going to be a small price for the near future, but think about the future for our kids and their kids.
Boehner is a typical big hat no cattle right-wing warrior. Boehner is so typical of the Right, they’re partial to using that royal we, when it is they, the boots on the ground doing the accomplishment and directed by an inept draft dodging president that seems to be in a perpetual alcoholic stupor and a vice-president with a deferment fetish. Boehner is House Minority yet has no idea who we are fighting who in Iraq, ” especially when it comes to al Qaeda, who has been our number one enemy here in Iraq.” No John, sorry al-Queda got into Iraq because the Bush brain trust didn’t seal the borders and the vast majority of the people who are doing the fighting and killing are Iraqis, the people that John and George and Dick and all the other Kool-Kidz pretend to be in Iraq saving.
Mike McConnell and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R) are both to genuine patriotism what corn syrup is to a gasoline engine.