Religious jackass is Donald Trump's choice to head the CIA

Religious jackass is Donald Trump's choice to head the CIA January 12, 2017

In Trump’s new administration, Mike Pompeo, above, a Kansas congressman, will feel right at home with the other Christian schizoids and psychopaths who will govern an America that’s lurched so far to the right that it’s in danger of sliding clear off the planet.
Last year, John Brennan, head of the CIA, suggested he would resign if a new president were to order his agency to restart the use of waterboarding.

I’m not going to be the director of CIA that gives that order. I think they’re going to need to find another director.

That issue, reported the Independent, became entirely moot after Donald Trump announced he had selected Pompeo, a hardline Republican who approves of the use of waterboarding, to head the agency.
In a statement posted on his website in September 2014, Pompeo criticised Obama for prohibiting the use of waterboarding and other harsh techniques, and during the 2016 election campaign, Trump said he approved of reintroducing waterboarding, which involves placing a cloth over a shackled suspect’s mouth and then pouring water over the cloth. The technique reportedly creates a sensation of drowning.
Speaking in South Carolina last February, Trump said:

Don’t tell me it doesn’t work – torture works … Believe me, it works.

In June 2015, Pomeo headlined a “God and Country Rally” at Wichita’s Summit Church. He declared:

To worship our lord and celebrate our nation at the same place is not only our right, it is our duty.

According to Michelle Goldberg, writing today for Slate, Pompeo’s speech was:

A mishmash of domestic culture war callouts and dark warnings about the danger of radical Islam.

He cited an inflammatory prayer that a pastor named the Rev Joe Wright once delivered before the Kansas State Legislature:

America had worshipped other Gods and called it multiculturalism. We’d endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle.

He lamented government efforts to “rip faith from our schools” and then segued immediately into a discussion of the jihadi threat: “This evil is all around us.” Pompeo concluded by describing politics as

A never-ending struggle … until the rapture.

However, ABC News reported that Pompeo vowed today that torture would “absolutely not” be renewed under his leadership.

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  • Brian Jordan

    ” Pompeo concluded by describing politics as
    A never-ending struggle … until the rapture.

    I look forward to being Left Behind, then.

  • John the Drunkard

    A ‘sensation of drowning’ is generated by ACTUAL drowning.

  • 1859

    Maybe he thinks waterboarding will bring on the rapture – especially for the poor sod being drowned.
    So Donald Dumb Trump believes in torture! Now there’s a surprise! I wonder what the founding fathers of the American Constitution would have said had this been proposed when they were drafting the Declaration of Independence? America! America! – look what will be done in thy name!

  • barriejohn

    Brian Jordan: I couldn’t agree more. If only the Rapture would come really quickly and get this lot out of our hair!
    A recent poll found more than half of Americans think the Rapture is real, while another survey found that 27 percent of Christians think Jesus Christ will return to Earth by 2050.

  • Broga

    Trump is driving the USA to the biggest political train crash in its history. The ignorant, the bigoted, the devout, the poor thought Trump would improve their lives and change the huge divide between the poor and the affluent. He was going to drain the swamp of politics run by the wealthy and privileged.
    Instead, he has stacked his cabinet with the super wealthy. They are determined to remove from the sick the minimal health care Obama managed to provide. The enthusiasts for Trump, currently enmeshed in sexual and financial scandals, have cut their own throats. And underpinning the approaching disaster is the intention to push religious belief into every part of American life.
    The reaction will occur when Trump fails to deliver on his bizarre and impossible promises to his gullible followers. All they will get are more promises and more misery.

  • barriejohn

    Broga: I knew plenty of evangelical Christians in this country who wanted to put the clock back because they seriously thought that the country was better run by those who had wealth and a privileged background, and had gone to schools like Eton. One even used to keep saying: “The Lord knows who to give the money to”, if you can believe that. Nigel Farage’s mate and financier-in-chief, Arron Banks, was saying similar things on last night’s Question Time, which I had to abandon for the sake of my dicky ticker (I’ve had enough of politics now, really). They think that government should be left to the “ruling class”, and the rest of us should shut the fuck up and do as we are told. You can listen to the smug bastard here if you missed his pearls of wisdom:
    PS I see that the news today is that wage disparity has soared over the past decade, and more and more men (you know – the “breadwinners” according to these right-wing, Christian twerps) are now on low wages and short-term contracts (I know one personally – he and his partner survive by borrowing heavily). Meanwhile, the luxury yacht market is booming and loan-sharking is becoming an increasing problem in the country. Could there be any connection, I ask myself!

  • AgentCormac

    Hitch once subjected himself to waterboarding for a piece he was writing for Vanity Fair. I think it’s fair to say he didn’t exactly enjoy the experience!

  • AgentCormac

    @ Broga
    My guess (and hope) is he won’t see out a year in the White House – the man is balls-deep in dodgy dealings and crooked business. All it will take is one journalist to find the hard evidence and he’ll be impeached faster than you can say ‘snake oil salesman’.

  • barriejohn

    Ah, yes, and then we can enjoy more of the wit and wisdom of Mike Pence:
    I truly believe that firearms in the hands of law abiding citizen’s makes our families and our communities more safe, not less safe.
    Despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn’t kill.
    Most climatologists agree that, at best, global warming is a theory about future climactic conditions and cannot be proven based upon the historic record.

  • Broga

    @barriejohn/AgentCormac: Trump is still canvassing. He doesn’t want to govern which involves restraint and hard work. He has recently threatened China who have just said that if he starts interfering in what they see as their territorial waters he had better get his nuclear weapons in order.
    I don’t think Trump has a grasp of reality. He thinks the USA speaks and everyone else caves in. He is a massive threat to the rest of the world. I think he may welcome the dangers of WW111 because nothing unites a country like the threat of war.
    He is a low life, narcisstic, dishonest, slime ball. In a week he will be President of the USA.

  • Feddie

    Evolution – inaccurately described the survival of the fittest – is actually better described as the flourishing of the most ruthless, cunning, coercive, greedy, deceptive, disingenuous, powerful, bullying, arrogant, selfish psychopathic liars. The world is riddled with them. Trump,Putin, the loon in North Korea – Big Con Twat or whatever his name is. And behind them are the unseen ranks of stealthy secretive mega rich people, the pious pedlars of godly coercion, aids and advisors, henchmen and sycophants.
    I know where we are headed … its not the fucking rapture either. The death and destruction that has razed Syria to rubble will soon engulf the rest of us because there are far too many of us on the planet , too little food and water, insufficient energy, imminent climate change calamity, poverty, overwhelming religious bigotry and microscopic agents of latent pandemics mutating away unseen, pollution, unwanted migrants and so on.The conditions for WWIII are just about reaching criticality and there is no will to get the best fairest rational secular minds together to sort it all out fairly and peacefully. Its not within the grasp of humanity’s intellect. Its just not. WWIII will happen. And soon. Its inevitable now. The various factions cant even agree to stop the Syrian problem. No chance then to defuse the bigger more complex global problems. Build a bomb shelter under your house now. You are gonna need it.

  • Brian Jordan

    bj quoting Mike Pence:
    Most climatologists agree that, at best, global warming is a theory about future climactic conditions and cannot be proven based upon the historic record.
    I could believe Ken Ham had dictated that sentence to him!

  • barriejohn

    Brian Jordan: You’ll read the same sort of thing in the Daily Mail from people like Melanie Phillips, Richard Littlejohn, and now the execrable Katie Hopkins. It’s just what their readers want to see, because they’re not in the least bit interested in any facts, but just want their prejudices confirmed. We may laugh, but it’s dangerous, because people think that there are solid facts to support such views, and that “so-called experts” are either mistaken or liars, so these views become entrenched in the collective conscious. This makes it very difficult to persuade them that they might be wrong, because they’re not willing to look at any evidence. Very worrying for our future and the future of our children.

  • Angela_K

    Trump and his gang of ignorant thugs are going to roll back hard fought freedoms and rights. One of his mates has just passed an anti-abortion bill in Kentucky
    Also, I’ve read reports of women stock-piling contraceptive pills and of others stock-piling HIV drugs.

  • Broga

    @Feddie: Well said. I see no hope for us. The psychopaths are in charge of the asylum. Yes, we hear trite little comments about how humans have the intelligence to step back from the brink. But there are no indications that we will get a grip and every indication that we will continue as now.
    Species are becoming extinct, another swathe of the Amazon rain forest is about to be lost and the tribes evicted, the seas are polluted, the coral reefs dying, the air unbreathable. Meanwhile, the deranged RC Church campaigns against contraception and the Pope attracts millions and our politicians treat him and his church with respect.
    I remember mentioning the dangers to the environment to a woman who replied, “I don’t care what happens as long as I can have Sunday lunch and all the trimmings.” A man told me we needn’t worry as Malthus had got it wrong and so would we.”
    What chance have we? Zilch.

  • barriejohn

    The House of Representatives has opened the way for the repeal of Obamacare. Millions of poor Americans with diseases like cancer must be beside themselves with worry now, but they don’t give a fuck about them. They may not (though some do) think that it is their fault that they are ill, but they certainly do think that it is their fault that they are not millionaires!

  • barriejohn
  • Stephen Mynett

    Any decent person would consider affordable health care to be one of the basic human rights provided by any democracy. The Republican anti-health care stance has been one of the more repugnant attitudes of the party.
    I remember the initial hysteria about Obamacare, comparing him to Hitler was a particularly pathetic response, plus the total dishonesty of their campaign. They duped some poor woman from the UK who had a genuine grievance against a hospital for some poor treatment she received. She was lead to believe the interview she was giving to some “journalists” was about the poor standard of the hospital and some staff in her particular case but when the interview was edited it was used to make it look as if she was criticising the idea of the NHS and saying it did not work.
    There are obvious failings in the NHS but that is because of the way it is run, the concept is a brilliant one we should be proud of it. Only a complete asshole would want to try to end decent health care for all.
    Of course, it is a lot cheaper to tell people to pray rather than to give them decent medicine and we all know that faith healing works, it is only our lack of faith which stops us from being cured, a simple and totally dishonest get out the religionists are always happy to use.