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    Two Heartbeats Away

    Two Heartbeats Away

    Two heartbeats away from President Barack Obama, in the line of succession, sits the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.

    Two heartbeats away from the Presidency sits someone who has alleged that the Central Intelligence Agency repeatedly misled Congress as to the interrogation of terrorist detainees, thereby accusing the CIA of a massive and possibly criminal scheme.

    Two heartbeats away from the Presidency sits someone whose accusations have been denied by the Director of the CIA appointed by Obama.

    Two heartbeats away from the Presidency sits someone who has control over the legislative appropriations process which can have a critical impact on the safety and security of the nation, including the intelligence agency budgets.

    The public needs to know whether the person two heartbeats away from the Presidency is telling the truth about what she knew and when she knew it.

    The person two heartbeats away from the Presidency immediately should provide law enforcement officials with the evidence she has, including testimony under oath, to back up her allegations of criminal conduct by the CIA, so that a criminal investigation can proceed if warranted.

    If the person two heartbeats away from the Presidency is not willing to put her own criminal liability on the line in making these accusations against the CIA, she should resign.

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    Ralph | May 18, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    I’m with TigerHawk. According to the order of succession, it’s Biden, Pelosi, Byrd, Clinton, Geitner, Gates, Holder, Salazar, Vilscak, Locke, Solis, Sebelius, Donovan, LaHood, Chu, Duncan, Shinseki, Napolitano. As Instapundit likes to opine in jest, we’re in good hands.

    Yeah, one heartbeat away is a cabbage for a brain. The entire line of succession starting with #1 is a disaster and an abomination (no pun intended). There is not an adult or person of good character and sense among them. Just megalomaniacs, narcissists and idiots.

    This post makes very little objective sense, it is just partisan nonsense. Plenty of Republicans have called the CIA to the carpet about the veracity of explanations on a wide-variety of issues.

    Given the secretive nature of the CIA and the history of intelligence agencies involvement in areas that required the evasion of the control of congressional authority I’d relax the nonsensical rhetorical devices.

    [The Iran-Contra affair comes to mind as well as George Tenet’s role in the evidence for the Iraq war.]

    Also, “two heartbeats” doesn’t really work as it implies two beats from one heart. Further you are basically ignoring succession in a practical fashion, the Pres. would have to die before a replacement VP was named — provided for by the 25th Amendment, so your framework is pretty awkward on two counts.

    Lastly, if this is the standard for veracity and criminal liability concerning torture I am all for it!

    But, who is next after Pelosi?

    More importantly, given your commendable new standard of truth regarding torture, why would Pelosi be first?

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