Sunday, November 09, 2008

Jane Harman Up for Top Intelligence Post in Administration?

According to the Daily Breeze, Harman is up for the top intelligence jobs in the Obama administration:
As President-elect Obama begins staffing his administration, one name that keeps popping up on lists of potential appointees is that of Rep. Jane Harman.

Harman, who has served the South Bay in Congress for 14 of the past 16 years, has been mentioned as a candidate for several positions, including CIA director, director of national intelligence, and secretary of homeland security.
Republicans would love for her to be named by Obama:
"Frankly, it would be a shrewd choice," said Michael Franc, vice president for government relations at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. "She's very well respected for her work in that area."
In case you wonder why Republicans would want her as CIA Director or DNI, and why it's such a bad idea, there are quite a lot of reasons. But really, all you have to do is look at Harman standing proudly next to Dick Cheney as Bush signed the FISA bill, which gave telecom companies retroactive immunity for illegally spying on Americans (something Harman fought hard to get), and jettisoned Americans' 4th amendment right against unlawful searches and seizures. The fact that she can smile and feel proud at such a time says it all.

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