Philip Mudd, President Obama's nominee for U.S. Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, has withdrawn from consideration under pressure from Congressional Democrats. Mudd, currently a high official in the FBI, was Deputy Director of the Director of Central Intelligence National Counterterrorism Center from 2003-05 and with the CIA since 1985.
Let's see, he's a long-time intelligence veteran, expert on counterterrorism, and has worked in both the CIA & the FBI. He sounds like a highly qualified individual for the position. So why are Congressional Democrats opposed?
Democrats on Capitol Hill had signaled their intention to probe Mudd's knowledge of and role in approving brutal interrogation techniques -- some of which qualify under international law as torture -- used by CIA officials against detainees.Oh no, we can't have anyone at Homeland Security that actually might have made hard decisions on what to do in order to protect the U.S. Protecting the rights of terrorists is far more important than getting a qualified nominee into an important position.