But before we continue, let us not lose sight of the fact that the POTUS's so-called "Kill List" is, on its face, intended to enumerate enemies of the state or anyone else posing a substantive threat to U.S. national security. (whether that threat is imminent or...)
Trash-talking by government officials (past or present) is at its least - unprofessional. But former NSA director and current gadfly wannabe, Michael Hayden, and surveillance state sycophant, House Intel Committee chairman Rep. Mike Rogers R-Michigan have taken it to a whole new level in a discussion at the summit.
Speaking at a panel discussion on Thursday, the NSA director made it clear that he’s aware of Snowden's nomination for a European Human Rights Award.
But Hayden revealed that he’d rather see the NSA whistleblower on a kill list than a short-list:
Roger's reply was no less provocative."I must admit, in my darker moment over the past several months, I'd also thought of nominating Mr. Snowden, but it was for a different list," Hayden said during a panel discussion on cybersecurity hosted by The Washington Post.
Mr. Hayden later elaborated on his comments on Thursday via email to RT's Marina Portnaya.The audience laughed, and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who was also on the panel, responded, "I can help you with that."
"The quote is correct," writes Hayden. "I was intentionally broad and undefined and it was never a proposal."Yeah right...
"I never suggested he be put on any list. I simply reflected ruminations in my darker moments," he adds.
This is not acceptable behavior for government officials at anytime. And it's highly unprofessional. These people don't even know the concept of carrying out your job with humility and respect for others.
These days, I don't think some of our government's enemies are actually enemies of the American People.
But that's just me.