2.17.2005

Another Nail in the Coffin of Democracy: Negroponte Named Intelligence Czar Designate

Perhaps you don't remember that in addition to being UN Ambassador during the lead-up to the current Iraq war and the current Ambassador to Iraq, Negroponte was a key player in the Iran-Contra Affair. If you're reading this, you probably agree that he's the last person we need in charge of intelligence. I am disturbed beyond words. The man should be in jail, not Chief Spy of the USA. From the Associated Press via the LAT:
Negroponte's confirmation to the United Nations post was delayed a half-year mostly because of criticism of his record as the U.S. ambassador to Honduras from 1981 to 1985. In Honduras, he played a prominent role in assisting the Contras in Nicaragua in their war with the left-wing Sandinista government.

Human rights groups alleged that Negroponte acquiesced in human rights abuses by Honduran death squads funded and partly trained by the CIA. Negroponte testified during the hearings for the U.N. post that he did not believe death squads were operating in Honduras.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., reacting to the news, said, "The number one problem that has plagued our domestic war on terror is that the individual agencies responsible for intelligence gathering still don't share. It is my hope that the president will give the resources and authority to Ambassador Negroponte to turn things around in our disconnected intelligence community."
Good to see the Dems stickin up for human rights. How the hell can anyone like the guy?!? How do you vote for a candidate who puts his trust in scum like Negroponte? I am deeply saddened by the state of the nation. Saddened, but unfortunately, not surprised.

Cross posted from Chicken Foot Stew.