Who Knew the US Open Started Today?
RUSH: You know, folks, you all know how much I enjoy golf. You know how much I used to talk about it. Just to illustrate, I didn't even realize 'til last night that the US Open started today. I was shocked. I don't even remember how I came across the news. That's how focused on other things I've been. Anyway, I've got it on here, I'm watching it on my top monitor, and it's at Merion, which is a great club. It's outside Philadelphia. I've only played there one time. I have a couple friends that are members. And it is tough.
We played Olympic last year, couple of weeks, three weeks before the Open. For people that don't play the game, it's really hard to convey. But any golf course where the US Open is played, they change it and they do things to it to make it nearly impossible for the average hacker to even enjoy a round. That's how tough it is. It's an entirely different game, and Merion, there's no question how difficult this golf course is, even with all the rain they've had.
But I'm watching, I remember I actually had a fairly decent round when I played there until somebody joined us the sixth or seventh hole, one of those guys who starts trying to help you. It totally distracted me, and my game fell apart and I spent the last 12 holes ticked off like I am today 'cause I started out great. I wasn't doing anything wrong, one of these guys trying to be helpful, "You know, you might want to stand a little further away from --"
"Why would you tell me this? Everything's cool." He was trying to be helpful. But it's one of these old-line, way-back turn of last century golf courses, and I'm glad I remembered it was on. I can't believe I didn't know. That's how focused I am on other stuff.
Two Polls Show Americans Disapprove of NSA Data Mining
RUSH: We had a news story the other day from the Washington Post on the Pew Center for People in the Press and whatever that most Americans -- well, not most, but 55%, something like that, were just fine and dandy with all of this NSA spying. Didn't have a problem with it. It was cool. Because Obama is trying to protect us. Well, actually Americans are not ambivalent over this surveillance.
"A couple of new polls find that a majority of Americans disapprove of the NSA's data-mining programs. The head of the NSA says he's ready to provide evidence they've helped prevent terrorist attacks." This is a headline from the Christian Science Monitor. Washington: "At first blush, it seemed, most Americans haven’t gotten too exercised about the revelation that the National Security Agency has been secretly tracking everyone’s phone data, in the name of protecting national security.
"That was the take-away from a Washington Post/Pew Research Center poll released Tuesday. But two new polls out Wednesday -- one by Gallup, another by YouGov taken for The Economist -- paint a difference picture. Both find that a majority of Americans disapprove of the NSA data-mining programs. In the Gallup poll, conducted June 10 and 11, 53 percent of Americans disapprove of the programs, while 37 percent approve. YouGov found that 59 percent disapprove of the programs, and only 35 percent approve."
And there are a couple of other polls -- don't have 'em at my fingertips -- that indicate a majority of Americans are upset overall with the direction that the country is headed.
So all kinds of conflicting data. And the first poll, the Washington Post Pew poll, it just didn't jibe with what common sense would tell you, that most people are very concerned about their privacy. I mean, even these people that are vomiting everything about themselves think it's okay for them to do it, but if somebody digs in and finds it that's a whole 'nother ball game, and they don't like that. Yet these two polls said that most Americans, they're fine, find out whatever you want about any of us, because Obama's doing it, and we love Obama. Turns out that isn't true.
CIA Deputy Director to be Replaced by WH Lawyer
RUSH: "CIA's Deputy Director to be Replaced with White House Lawyer." This, folks, has the potential to be a disaster. This was announced after the program yesterday. Now, many of you know this, but for those of you who don't, in government agencies, especially agencies like the CIA and the NSA, it's the deputy directors who run the show. The directors, while powerful, and while the last word on things, organizationally, they are largely appointed figureheads. They are good at dealing with Congress. They are good as the face of an agency, but they have often not worked there, and so they are not involved or haven't been involved in the nuts and bolts of day-to-day operations. It's the deputy guys, because those are career people, the deputy directors are the people that have been there for a long time and actually run it.
I once ran into a former director of Central Intelligence, and I asked him point-blank, "Did you know everything the agency was doing as director?" And he told me no, it's not possible. Which in a way made sense. I look at the Pentagon and I ask, "Is there anybody, is there one person that knows everything going on in there?" And, of course, no. Now, you would think that somebody does. It's the Department of Defense and there has to be a final authority and there has to be approval, but there's also secrecy. There are safeguards and there are elements that have assignments that nobody's allowed to know about. But I've always wondered, the CEO of a company -- does the CEO of Exxon know everything Exxon's doing?
Well, now that's a different take. Tim Cook at Apple. Does Tim Cook know everything Apple's doing? Does Tim Cook know all the back and forth about the knew iOS 7 and about the new desktop system? Does Tim Cook have final authority of what comes out of there? Can Tim Cook walk into any department and be told and see what's going on, or does the secrecy prevent even him? I would think as CEO he can find out whatever he wants and, in fact, is the final authority. I've often wondered, I don't know that I have what it takes to be CEO because I wouldn't want to delegate very much. I'd want to know everything. I'd want to be the final authority on everything. But that's just me.
But when you get to something as large as the CIA, with operatives all over the world, of course it's not possible for every detail of every operation to be known, but does the director know every operation? He told me point-blank, "No, it's not possible." But does the deputy director? The point of all this is that the deputy directors are the people that really are hands on and know what's going on. This is not, by the way, anything nefarious; it's just the way these agencies work out. The directors are appointed, and large they're figureheads, and they are the face of the agency, and they deal with Congress. And some of them, Richard Helms, for example, the old CIA director, he was very hands on and came out of the agency.
But George H. W. Bush was director at the CIA for a while. He had no direct intelligence experience before that. He did a lot of things in government. Ran the CIA, a bunch of agencies, but the deputies matter. The point of this is, the CIA's deputy director plans to retire and is going to be replaced by a White House lawyer, a guy named Avril Haines. "Haines, who will succeed career officer Michael Morell on Aug. 9, has served for three years as President Obama’s deputy counsel in charge of national security issues and as legal adviser to the National Security Council."
So now the CIA is gonna be run by a White House lawyer who has absolutely zero real-life experience in intelligence. In fact, her only experience in the field is as a lawyer, and this is the way Obama wants it. He is going to be running the CIA. Now, you might say, "What's wrong with that? He's president." I understand, but the deputy director is key. The deputy director is the nuts and bolts. The deputy director never goes and testifies. The deputy director maybe sometimes sits at the right hand of the director on a congressional hearing, but the deputy director is not always, I mean there are exceptions to everything, but the deputy director of the CIA, NSA, they are the ones with the sleeves rolled up and really doing things.
And so, yeah, there's a reason here to be very, very suspicious. The CIA's gonna be run by a White House lawyer with absolutely no real life experience in intelligence. So what they're doing, they're reigning in these counterterrorism programs while they ramp up the targeting of Americans. I mean, Obama's putting people in there, in all these agencies, who have a problem with America and the way America's always done things.