Pompeo Brings Little Experience to the Agency
The full U.S. Senate has confirmed Kansas Tea Party Republican U.S. Congressman Mike Pompeo to become the next Director of the CIA. Pompeo, like most of PresidentÂ Donald Trump‘s nominees, is not qualified to lead the nation’s top human intelligenceÂ gathering service. The vote is currently 66-33. 51 votes were needed.
VP Pence to swear-in Mike Pompeo as CIA Director tonight. Senate vote still underway, but confirmation assured.
â€” Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 24, 2017
Pompeo, who holds a law degree from Harvard, is just beginning his fourth term as a representative. He has served on the House Intelligence Committee and has supported torture, falsely claiming it “led directly to the capture of Osama bin Laden.”
Pompeo, like President Trump, is extremely anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant.
In November, The Guardian reported that as “a congressional candidate in 2010, PompeoÂ had to personally apologiseÂ for a tweet his campaign sent out promoting an article that called his opponent Raj Goyle, an Indian-American Democrat, a ‘turban topper’ who ‘could be a muslim, a hindy, a buddhist etc who knows.’ His campaign also put up billboard ads encouraging people in the area to ‘vote American.'”
Is Mike Pompeo experienced enough to run the CIA? Former CIA operative Bob Baer says: “No, he’s not qualified.” https://t.co/c3yd6ldg0L
â€” Anderson Cooper 360Â° (@AC360) November 19, 2016
â€œYou donâ€™t find many Thomas Jeffersons over there,â€ Pompeo said. â€œOnce you accept that â€¦ the line needs to be drawn between those who are on the side of extremism and those who are fighting against them, of whatever faith we may find them.â€
â€œThere are many Muslims of good will and despise this extremism as much as anyone of any other faith.â€
Rep. Pompeo also sat on the House Benghazi Committee, and has ruthlessly attacked former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He even claimed Benghazi “is worse, in some ways” than Watergate.
The New York Times reports Pompeo “was often an unyielding critic of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton â€” accusing her of orchestrating a wide-ranging cover-up of the Benghazi attacks.”
Pompeo, who has little intelligence experience, will replace PresidentÂ Barack Obama’s CIA director, John Brennan, who retired on January 20 rather than serve under President Trump.
Brennan, who was the DirectorÂ of the CIA for the past four years, also served asÂ Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism under Pres. Obama, and ActingÂ Director of the National Counterterrorism Center under PresidentÂ George W. Bush. He is fluent in Arabic and is a 25-year veteran of the CIA.
Some responses via Twitter:
We should be greatly troubled by giving power to Rep. Pompeo who has stated that he wants to expand the surveillance state, not rein it in.
â€” Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 23, 2017
GOP KY Sen Paul says he voted against Pompeo for CIADir because he worries “his desire for security will trump his defense of liberty.”
â€” Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 24, 2017
â€” The CCR (@theCCR) January 11, 2017
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Christian Right Facing ‘Credibility’ Issues — Just as They Try to Force Their Will on Everyone Else: Analyst
On Tuesday, writing for MSNBC’s ReidOutBlog, Ja’han Jones outlined how the Christian Right is facing renewed moral scrutiny and a crisis of “credibility” — at exactly the moment they have captured the Supreme Court and have begun striking down rights and protections they have long declared to be counter to moral society.
Specifically, he argued, the latest rash of sex abuse allegations against conservative Christian institutions puts their moral authority on the line.
The Catholic Church has long faced criticism for overlooking and shielding priests accused of molesting children — but now, noted Jones, other denominations are coming under scrutiny for similar alleged misconduct.
“First, there’s the scandal still unfolding at Agapè Boarding School, a Christian facility for young men in Missouri that’s facing a slew of child abuse allegations. Agapè pitches guardians on its ability to ‘biblically teach your child the importance of submission to authority and the joys of being an obedient law-abiding citizen,'” wrote Jones. “The Missouri State Highway Patrol has been investigating Agapè for systemic child abuse for more than a year now. On Monday, The Daily Beast reported new details about several students who have filed lawsuits alleging they were sexually abused and beaten by workers at the school.”
“That alleged culture of abuse sounds similar to the one victims say was fostered by the Southern Baptist Convention, an ultraconservative denomination of Christian nationalists,” wrote Jones. “In May, church leaders released a report showing hundreds of pastors and church workers have been accused of sexual abuse. The SBC, which is in ideological lockstep with the conservative movement, has since released the names of pastors it says were accused between 2000 and 2019. When the news dropped, SBC President Ed Litton said in a statement there ‘are not adequate words to express my sorrow at the things revealed in this report,’ and that Southern Baptists ‘must resolve to change our culture and implement desperately needed reforms.'”
All of this, he noted, comes as many right-wing Christian organizations are claiming that their hate speech and discrimination against LGBTQ people is in the name of “defending children.” And this is “an impossible sell when the worlds they operate appear even more broken than the one they want to ‘fix.'”
You can read more here.
Highland Park Shooting Deaths Include Both Parents of Two Year Old Found at Scene of July 4th Massacre
On Twitter Sunday afternoon in the aftermath of the July 4th Highland Park mass shooting a photo of a young boy appeared in several tweets. He was described as lost, good samaritans assumed he had become separated from his parents in the mayhem of the massacre, and people were trying to reunite him with his family.
CBS Chicago reporter Marissa Parra now reveals the boy’s name is Aiden, but he won’t be reunited with his parents: both were shot dead by the Highland Park gunman.
Remember this little boy found wandering alone after #HighlandPark parade? We’ve just found out why… both his parents were killed💔
A fundraiser has been started for Irina and Kevin McCarthy’s 2-yo son Aiden as he grows up without them
— Marissa Parra (@MarParNews) July 5, 2022
“Kevin McCarthy, 37, and Irina McCarthy, 35, were among the seven people [who] were killed during the mass shooting,” CBS Chicago reports.
“We took him to safety under tragic circumstances, came together to locate his grandparents, and prayed for the safety of his family,” reads the story on a GoFundMe page hoping to raise money for Aiden.
“Sadly, I need to share his name…Aiden McCarthy. And he needs more of our help,” it adds. “At two years old, Aiden is left in the unthinkable position; to grow up without his parents,” it adds. “Aiden will be cared for by his loving grandparents, Misha and Nina Levberg, and he will have a long road ahead to heal, find stability, and ultimately navigate life as an orphan. He is surrounded by a community of friends and extended family that will embrace him with love, and any means available to ensure he has everything he needs as he grows.”
About $475,000 has quickly been raised with more than 7600 people contributing. The top donation is $5000.
‘Invasion’: Texas Lt. Gov. Likens Border Crossings to Attack on Pearl Harbor – ‘These People Are a Danger to America’
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, a far-right Republican, is comparing migrants crossing the border into Texas to Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor that killed 2335 people. He is calling it an “invasion” and says that gives the state the right to “put hands on people.”
Patrick, who because of Texas’ unique structure is more powerful than the governor, told Fox News on Tuesday, “we are being invaded, and if we’re being invaded under the constitution I think that gives us the power to put hands on people and send them back. Put hands on people and send them back,” he said repeatedly.
“These people are a danger to America,” Patrick said in a rant. It was unclear if he was referring to migrants or President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
The Lt. Governor, who has hawked the racist “great replacement theory” repeatedly, and used the term “invasion” repeatedly, told Fox News that Texas is now spending $4 billion annually on the border, while Texas National Guardsmen and Texas Rangers complain of being called up to serve, having to abandon their regular jobs, for no apparent reason.
“This is the biggest danger we have, to your family,” Patrick says of the fentanyl crossing the border. “It’s all on Biden,” he claimed.
Last week Texas Governor Greg Abbott drew extensive criticism for using the deaths of more than 50 migrants packed into an 18-wheel tractor-trailer as a political opportunity to attack President Biden. Even some conservatives attacked Abbott for his inhumane remarks..
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick repeatedly says the state’s declaration of an “invasion” of migrants means they can “put hands on people and send them back.”
He then says “we’re being attacked just like we were on Pearl Harbor.” pic.twitter.com/kmcPakR43Z
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 5, 2022
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