Trump to Pick Fan of Illegal Surveillance as Intelligence Czar

Trump has reportedly picked illegal surveillance fan and lobbyist for Google, former Senator Dan Coats, as director of national intelligence.

Trump to Pick Fan of Illegal Surveillance as Intelligence Czar

On Thursday multiple mainstream media outlets reported that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has picked former Republican Senator Dan Coats, an outspoken advocate of illegal domestic surveillance programs, to be director of national intelligence.

While yet to be formally announced, anonymous Trump transition team members told multiple outlets that the pick would be formalized in the coming days.

As director of national intelligence, Coats – who served as an Indiana senator for a total of 17 years, with stints as U.S. ambassador to Germany and corporate lobbyist for Google and General Electric in between terms – would head the umbrella agency in charge of all 16 U.S. intelligence organizations, including the CIA and the National Security Agency.

While a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Coats was an outspoken supporter of the NSA’s illegal domestic spying programs revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, writing in an op-ed that the programs were “legal, constitutional and used only under strict oversight,” claims which were all proven false by multiple federal judges. After the programs were declared illegal by several federal courts, he voted against legislation to rein in domestic surveillance operations.

He has publicly supported Trump’s xenophobic calls for “extreme vetting” of all migrants coming to the U.S. as well as an “extensive review” of refugee and asylum policies.

The one area where he appears to differ from Trump is on his views on Russia. While Trump has suggested the U.S. needs to strengthen relationships with Vladimir Putin, Coats said he was “honored” to be on a list of U.S. officials permanently banned from Russia.

If confirmed, Coats would replace current Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who notoriously lied under oath about the NSA spying programs while giving testimony to a Senate hearing. Edward Snowden has said that it was Clapper’s baldfaced lie to democratically-elected officials during televised hearings that prompted him to ultimately reveal the illegal domestic spying program.

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5 Responses to "Trump to Pick Fan of Illegal Surveillance as Intelligence Czar"

  1. JohnZ  January 8, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Notice, you’re not hearing too much from Drumpf supporters anymore.

  2. JohnZ  January 7, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Well, there you are ladies and gentlemen, This is what you voted for and this is what you’re going to get.
    Drumpf picking his office from the bottom of the swamp. I suppose next, he’ll make John McCain secretary of defense and Lindsey Graham ambassador to Russia.
    When things go really bad all those Drumpf supporters will nonetheless blame somebody else. America is shutting down. Soon, what’s left of our rights are going to be taken from us and Drumpf won’t lift a finger to stop it. In truth he will applaud the total destruction of the bill of Rights.
    All those who voted for this clown need to shut up.

  3. Ratsnest Mcbeard  January 7, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Could we please not refer to government employees as ‘CZAR’? Hearing this word brings back bad memories of Barry’s appointing unqualified losers to important positions.

  4. NojevejeC  January 6, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Senator Dan Coats on Twitter @SenDanCoats twitted:
    March 3 2015 – I am honored to welcome PM #Netanyahu to the Capitol later this morning–tune in to hear what he has to say (attached “I Stand With Israel” Image)

    March 3 2015 – After the #Netanyahu speech, I met with Indiana members of AIPAC to discuss our important alliance with Israel (attached image of event)

    September 26 2016 – Shimon Peres leaves behind an indelible legacy in Israel and the world. We mourn his passing and celebrate his life.

    Clearly another Zionist pick.

    • JohnZ  January 7, 2017 at 10:14 am

      Indeed. s is the rest of Drumpf’s administration. All from the bottom of the zionist swamp.

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