Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Intelligence Czar Ain't So Intelligent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bush is ready to create the position of national intelligence director, but some lawmakers wonder whether what he's proposed will have enough power to get the nation's 15 sometimes turf-conscious spy agencies working in concert.

Does anybody else think an Intelligence Czar is a BAD idea?
Over the centuries, authoritarian states have relied on centralized and highly disciplined security forces to maintain order and promote loyalty to the autocrat. Henry VII of England had his court of the Star Chamber; Louis XIV of France his royal intendants; Hitler had Himmler, Goering, and Heydrich; the Soviets had the KGB; and Isreal has the Mossad.
Power Corrupts. Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely.
Wikipedia notes this: J. Edgar Hoover (Director of the FBI from 1924-1972) is credited with creating an effective law enforcement organization, but was also accused of flagrantly abusing his authority in blackmailing notable public figures and unwarrantably engaging in political persecution. And he was just over the FBI. Can you imagine what an empowered individual over ALL of our intelligence gathering agencies (whether part of the White House administration or exclusive of it) could do?
This is insanity, people. George Orwell is laughing from The Other Side.


Blogger Mitch said...

Man... man.... seriously... man.

All I could think of, and this was like, the first thing... that scene from the Wall, you know.

Ahhh, Pink Floyd's the Wall, with dancing cartoon vaginas. Good times, good times.

10:42 PM  
Blogger Mitch said...

That comment about the Wall was supposed to be posted on the Madonna article. Wierd.

8:15 AM  

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