posted on May, 26 2006 @ 02:13 PM
The AP reports that the Senate has confirm Air Force Gen. Hayden to be the new Director for the Central Intelligence Agency.
For details, click here: AP News Article
Gen. Hayden is an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. He has never indicated that he'd be willing to resign his commission to become
DCI. The White House is not on record as questioning his active duty status. There seems to be no opposition on Capitol Hill to his active duty
In the past, it's been an unwritten tradition that military personnel retire before becoming the head of a Federal agency. Before Mr. Hayden, there
have been five retired career officers to hold the post of DCI.
Does the deliberate appointment of an active duty officer signal a shift in Federal policy that might result in ammendment or termination of the Posse
Posse Comitatus Act of 1878
There's a chance that we could be seeing the early stages of a new form of power grab. It's not really all that new since I and many authors like
me have written about it, but, it could be actually happening right in front of us.
Under the Constitution, the military is subordinate to the civilian government. Putting ative duty officers in charge of Federal agencies could, in
the long run, result in a centralization of power that's just too dangerous for us to ignore. If we do not see Hayden's appointment challenged in
court, we'll know that this was very likely the intention of the people who nominated him for the job.
I'm not convinced that this is the start of a long and drawn out military coup, but I'm willing to hear the arguement. The stage appears to be set
for a civilian power grab that takes advantage of the military's Constitutional role.