Pompeo New Director of CIA

January 25, 2017

Mike Pompeo is the new Director of the CIA. The far right Kansas Republican has, in the past, defended CIA officials who engaged in torture, calling them patriots. During his conformation hearing
he acknowledged that he would be open to altering the 2015 law prohibiting the government from using techniques not contained in the Army Field Manual. While in Congress he appeared on radio programs hosted by anti-Muslim activists. He has spoken of the war on terror as a conflict between Islam and Christianity. In addition to his positions on Islam and torture he attacked a 2015 law that ended the bulk collection of phone records by the NSA. Fourteen Democratic senators voted to confirm Pompeo:

Joe Donnelly of Indiana
Dianne Feinstein of California
Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire
Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota
Tim Kaine of Virginia
Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota
Joe Manchin of West Virginia
Claire McCaskill of Missouri
Jack Reed of Rhode Island
Brian Schatz of Hawaii
Chuck Schumer of New York
Jeanne Shaneen of New Hampshire
Mark Warner of Virginia
Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island

While it is fine to get in the street and march we also need to keep the pressure on elected officials. I live in the District of Columbia so I do not have a voice in the Congress, but those of you who are represented by the senators named above should contact their office and express your displeasure. Especially my relatives who live in NYC tell Chuck Schumer you are watching him and his position as minority leader can come to an abrupt end.

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