By Corinna Barnard
The director of national intelligence has turned a blind eye on torture, secret prisons and international off-the-books kidnappings.
By John Kiriakou
Special to Consortium News
President Donald Trump apparently is weighing the notion of firing Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, with whom he has clashed repeatedly over the past two-and-a-half years. Coats has publicly contradicted Trump on multiple occasions, incurring his wrath, but reportedly kept his job because of support from Vice President Mike Pence, a fellow Indianan. According to some press speculation, that may be coming to an end.
Progressives may come to the easy conclusion that Coats’s resignation or firing may be a bad day for the “adults” in the Trump foreign policy room. That’s not true. It’s not to say that Coats’s eventual replacement may not be worse. But Coats is no hero of transparency, human rights, or the rule of law. Don’t shed any tears for him.
For a long time, Coats was in the mainstream of the Republican foreign policy establishment. He replaced his former boss and mentor, Richard Lugar, in the House of Representatives…