Donald Trump gave America a double whammy today. He has tapped Jeff Sessions to be the next Attorney General and Mike Pompeo to be the next head of the CIA. About the only two names I can think of that might be worse would have been David Duke as AG and Dick Cheney as head of the CIA.
First Pompeo. He is a Tea Party wacko from Kansas. Rep Pompeo is a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, as well as the Select Committee on Benghazi.
He is a huge supporter of the NSA’s sweeping domestic surveillance programs. After Snowden blew the lid off of it, Pompeo wrote: “I am convinced that [NSA’s] intelligence collection actions are not only lawful and constitutional, but also consistent with the critical mission of defeating radical Islamic terrorism.”
He seems to think that we should all allow the NSA to snoop into our private lives just because. He doesn’t care if you did anything or not, you need to be watched in case you decide to do something or decide not to do something. Warrants be damned.
He is a lover of “enhanced interrogation” or torture. He seems to think that torture is an acceptable form in interrogation, as long as we are the ones using it. He even criticized the President for rejecting the use of torture as an interrogation method.
This is the man who Donald Trump has deemed good enough to head up our largest spy organization. Trump doesn’t believe, nor does Pompeo, that using torture against our “enemies” places our own military personnel in jeopardy of the same types of “interrogation”.
Pompeo is all in favor of Trump’s plan to ban Muslims from immigrating to our country. He also said some really objectionable things after the Boston Marathon bombing about leaders in the Muslim community.
“When the most devastating terrorist attacks on America in the last 20 years come overwhelmingly from people of a single faith, and are performed in the name of that faith, a special obligation falls on those that are the leaders of that faith,” Pompeo said in a speech on the House floor in 2013. “Instead of responding, silence has made these Islamic leaders across America potentially complicit in these acts, and more importantly still, in those that may well follow.”
I would ask Mr. Pompeo if he is aware of the simple statistic that says that more U.S. citizens have been killed in this country by “Christian terrorists” than any other group? Does he believe that Christian Leaders are also complicit in those attacks and any that may well follow? I bet he doesn’t.
By charter, the CIA is only supposed to operate overseas. They are not allowed to “spy” inside our country. Considering Pompeo’s views on things, I would not be surprised if he ignores that charter and breaks the law by spying on our citizens. That is what Trump has picked to lead our CIA.
Trump’s second whammy is naming Jeff Sessions to become the Attorney General. One of the major functions of the Attorney General is to ensure that minorities civil rights are protected. Voting rights, same-sex marriage equality, disability rights, all fall under the jurisprudence of the Attorney General. Or, at least up till Sessions takes over.
Jeff Sessions is an open racist. He once said that he “thought the KKK was okay until I found out some of them smoked pot after one of their meetings”. As a U.S. Attorney in Alabama, he said the NCAAP and the CLU were un-American and “communist influenced.”
He claimed that both groups were trying to “force civil rights down peoples’ throats.” Hmmm. I thought civil rights were part of our Constitution. He also said that a white lawyer who was bringing suits against voter suppression was “a traitor to his race”.
Besides being against marriage equality, he is also against hate crime protections and gays and transgenders openly serving in the military. He opposes all forms of immigration reform. He is in favor of rounding up and deporting all undocumented immigrants. And, he favors Trump’s Muslim registry. He even says that if a man grabs a woman’s genitals without her consent, it isn’t sexual assault.
Finally, don’t forget that Jeff Sessions was denied a position as a Federal Judge because of these statements. Now we are supposed to allow him to be Attorney General.
If this moron gets confirmed by a spineless Republican controlled Senate, we can kiss our civil rights good-bye. Everything that has been achieved in the last 100 years will go by the wayside. You will see more and more voter suppression laws because the states will know that the DOJ will do nothing about them.
If you think I am wrong, here is something that proves my point.
Andrew Anglin, editor of the neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer, wrote that Sessions’ nomination, along with the appointment of retired Gen. Mike Flynn as national security adviser and Steve Bannon as Trump’s chief strategist, is “like Christmas.”
“Of course, I was thinking of Sessions for either Secretary of State or Defense, but I think Trump is making a point by putting an aggressive anti-Black racist in as AG,” Anglin wrote. “It’s a corrective measure, after Obama turned the Justice Department into the Black Panthers.”
But even Anglin thinks that things could get touchy getting Sessions confirmed. He wrote: “The reason he might face trouble? Because he’s a racist and most of these RINOs (Republican in Name Only) in Congress are filthy cuck traitors to the White race and the GOP.”
All I can say to those wonderful Constitution loving, arm-chair patriots who voted for the moron Donald Trump to be President is you too should be very very afraid. That is unless you really don’t love the Constitution or are even an arm-chair patriot.
The racists have spoken about these appointments. What more need I say?