David Walsh at wsws.org was not amused at Hayden’s adorable performance and Colbert’s abject love for the CIA. If there’s any further evidence one needs to see how Libruls learned to love the drone and the CIA , I can’t imagine it. And no, I’d never known that Colbert had bought into the ‘Dems believe that Trump is a stooge of Putin’s meme, although I vaguely remember Hayden’s having signed a joint letter opposing Herr T and noting that he would be ‘the most reckless President in history.
“Hayden’s stature, among “left liberal” elements within the establishment such as Colbert, has risen in recent months because of his opposition to Trump’s 2016 presidential bid and his continued criticisms of Trump since the new administration took office. These forces are more than willing to overlook Hayden’s war crimes and crimes against American democracy because this spymaster and architect of US subversion and violence around the world considers Trump too “soft” on Russia.
Hayden baldly asserted that “in the 1970’s we took the authority to direct that action out of the hands of the president, and we put it in the hands of the federal court system.” He claimed that “as director of NSA, I’d have to go to the judge, and I’d have to prove to a level of probable cause that the intended target of the surveillance was either the agent of a foreign power or was involved in some sort of criminal activity.”
Of course, this is a lie. In the first place, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (or FISA Court) is a rubber stamp for the intelligence agencies’ demands, and, second, they simply bypass the court at will when necessary, as the Edward Snowden revelations and the recent CIA leaks make evident.
After providing Hayden with a platform from which to defend the unconstitutional NSA spying programs, Colbert got in a few cracks about Trump and his tweeting, with the retired Air Force general chiming in.”
Then Colbert shucks and jives some ridiculous questions pertaining to WikiLeaks’ new Vault 7 CIA exploits, giving the ever-abysmal Hayden a chance to deny (specifically) that Colbert’s Samsung teevee is spying on him, har har.
Hayden: “There are bad guys who have Samsung teevees, yanno.” har har.
The rest of his critique contains other adorable parts of Hayden’s visits on other teevee shows, as well as his criminal war-mongering history, not limited to this:
“During his final days at the CIA, in the first weeks of the Obama administration, Hayden strongly opposed the release of the Bush Justice Department torture memos. In 2014, he bitterly denounced the Senate Intelligence Committee report that shed light on some of the CIA’s more brutal and sadistic methods, including “rectal feedings,” threats to rape children and family members, interrogation by hypothermia, etc. The report also revealed that Hayden had lied to members of the US Congress and others about the effectiveness of the CIA torture program and how many detainees it held.”
the rest is here.
When at a ‘progressive’ website the proprietor had been bullish on either Oprah or George Clooney for Prez in the next cycle, I’d almost jived: ‘How about Stephen Colbert’, recalling his pretend run for NC Senator back in the day. I’m no actually certain that I knew he’d replaced Letterman, who you may recall had on Rachel Maddow who spoke on Assange and WikiLeaks in sincerely uncomplimentary terms.