Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Elections Don’t Matter

If for some reason you think that elections matter, then allow me to offer more proof that they don’t:

The decision to waterboard Al Qaeda prisoners in 2002 was made by CIA managers and government lawyers, and was not initially approved by President George W. Bush, according to a new account by a former CIA lawyer that revises the history of America's response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

A memoir by John Rizzo, longtime acting general counsel for the CIA, says Bush was not initially informed about the use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques that critics later called torture, despite Bush's claim to the contrary in his 2010 book.

Bush later signed on, and Rizzo repeats previous CIA claims that key members of Congress, including Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), were fully briefed on what the CIA called "enhanced interrogation techniques" and did not object, something Pelosi has denied.

In other words, we have a bureaucratic government, not a democracy.  In older, slightly more honest times, it was called an aristocracy.

The fact is, top officials in the bureaucracy will make decisions like this all the time and ask for permission after the fact or just outright lie about it.  James Clapper, for example, lied to Congress back in March about the extent of NSA surveillance.  That is a felony.

So we have sociopaths running our government agencies, who receive cushy jobs following their tenure in government, while we have clueless morons being elected into positions of leadership.

Think of it like this: we have Michael Scott getting elected to be our leader while David Wallace and Jan Levenson are making the real decisions.  And Michael Scott is getting all the blame for their decisions.