Clinton-Bush Hardliner Attacks Congress for Blocking Invasion of Syria

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at

In a Huffington Post interview on February 23rd, the Clinton-Bush former head of the NSA and CIA, and defender of their use of waterboarding, and of their violating the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (both of which types of legal violations he says are necessary in order to keep Americans safe), accused Congress of being gutless: “Congress didn’t step up and authorize the use of military force” to invade Syria.

Michael Hayden said this in a video clip at Huffington Post Live, where the context of what he was saying was left ambiguous, but it concerned only the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, so his comment there was gratuitous: he asserted (at 23:00 in the complete  interview) that the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are prisoners of war and thus can legally be kept imprisoned for the rest of their lives without there being any need at all for them (and there were 775 of them) to be heard in any court — he said they’re prisoners of war and not prisoners of any legal system at all; and, so, even if they were actually captured in error (as many of them were found to have been), they’ve got no legal rights at all. Innocence or guilt is legally irrelevant to their continued imprisonment, says this former chief of America’s CIA and of the NSA.

Bill Clinton and George W. Bush hired people like that to run U.S. intelligence. Are America’s CIA and NSA merely the U.S. version of the Soviet Union’s KGB? What, in principle, differentiates the two dictatorships?

The only scientific study of whether the U.S. has been a dictatorship, or instead a democracy, in the period from 1980 onward, found that it’s a dictatorship — an “oligarchy” controlled by only the very wealthiest Americans, not a national government that reflects the policy-preferences and priorities of the citizens who economically are in the lower 99% of the population, but instead the preferences of the people who are in some stratum within the top 1%, if not within the top 0.1% or even higher. The study finds that this government is actually a dictatorship — that the desires of the lower 99% don’t affect its policies unless those desires are consistent with the desires of the billionaires.

Michael Hayden reflects this oligarch-directed culture. However, within the U.S. national-security Establishment, especially the CIA and NSA, this aristocratic or “oligarchic” control has been operating at least ever since the CIA overthrew the democratically elected and progressive President of Iran, Mohammed Mossadegh, in 1953. Furthermore, even Britain’s own BBC documented in a classic TV documentary, the creation of the oligarchic CIA, from the moment that Dwight Eisenhower became President in 1953. The CIA was clearly pro-fascist ever since Eisenhower appointed Allen Dulles to lead it.

What Michael Hayden is, is a recent example of the Republican Party’s tradition in this matter, but something that’s even worse — its becoming trans-partisan, a reflection now of both of America’s political Parties. This is now a bi-partisan oligarchy, in which the billionaires are so remote from the voting-public whose minds they control, that — at least within our national-security circles — the oligarchs are free to ignore the public’s desires and values, ignore them altogether. This government is theirs. The U.S. Constitution now holds sway only to the extent that they want it to.

But even worse than that: as the BBC documentary shows, this is an international oligarchy. Though the CIA has been the chief global center of its enforcement-operation, it entails aristocrats from all of the NATO countries.

Hayden’s testimony displays the dropping-away of the ‘democratic’ restraints upon the oligarchy’s operations. It’s less and less necessary to keep up the pretense that we live in a ‘democracy’: now, we live in a society that ‘does what it must to keep the people safe.’

Here is how ‘safe’ they have been keeping us.

It didn’t start with 9/11. It merely has intensified since then.

This is basically a 1984  world.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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  • Mike Meyer

    Thank you [once again] Eric for vital data.

    Who controls the U.S.A?
    Who gives orders to the US President ?
    Hayden gave the answer when he said that the
    US military would not follow the orders of the
    US Commander in Chief[ if it were Trump or…].
    So, the CIA,NSA,DOD etc. exist to serve the international 1%
    but are paid by YOU the US Taxpayer.
    April 15 is your next chance to vote FOR state terror
    or NOT .
    Do you feel trapped into filing in order to get a portion of your
    mandatory paycheck deductions refunded to you?
    Have you had an epiphany regarding an
    organizational structure* that does not require annual
    “we vow to protect you payments” in the form of a tax
    on the wages you earned for your labour[illegal before 1913
    Federal Reserve Act].
    Have you seen the light? …..seeking epiphany?
    Why not form a religious association,a congregation with like minded
    family members or trusted associates[see Article1 Bill of Rights].

    • WARHO

      Food for Thought reply;
      If the USA today is indeed the very BEAST described in the bible
      then WE THE [BEAST] PEOPLE are the actors required to unify the
      political world in order to create the conditions necessary for the

      Imagine appropriate music HERE and lightning like lighting effects

      Could this possibly be the WARlogic of the in crowd, myth maker/decider/ controller 1% ????

      Who the heck will they come up with for NEWJESUS?……….perhaps a woman christ?
      If Hillary can subdue and convert all ungodliness within 8 years of taking the OATH of OFFICE
      Might she historically recognized as the SECOND COMING of CHRIST

    • Zondervans Tax Guide

      Ministers who are self employed
      are required to file tax returns if
      income is at or above the limit [at which
      one is suggested to voluntarily file].
      The church,mosque,temple,synagogue
      or sacred wildlife habitat preserve

      • Zondervans Tax Guide

        …..The church,mosque,temple,synagogue
        or sacred wildlife habitat preserve,etc,the
        association is NOT.

  • truthtime

    Mayhaps he should be swinging from the gallows to join his equivalent Nuremburg friends.

  • Carl_Herman

    Thank you, Eric. Yeah, these gleeful fascists seem to only want to be arrested, or bully Americans into surrendering our government to them.

    Game on.

  • Silverado

    Voting is an exercise in futility. Until we take back the power and string a few of these psychopathic criminals up. Or the dollar fails. They’ll lose their power then. Soon as John Q. Public sees their bank accounts disappear when they do negative interest rates and bail ins when one of those too big to fail banks does just that. It fails. There will be Hell to pay for Mr Hayden and his ilk starting the day after that happens and the world will be a better place once that’s done. Their power ends when the dollar dies. For more on that thought make sure to listen to this: