Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Shaking up the cabinet

Since the election the cabinet has seen a few departures. It's known that over 1 1/2 years ago, Bush required his cabinet members to stay on, and not resign, until after the election. Now that the floodgates are open, we have people leaving and being replaced.

So far the departures and replacements indicate that the administration is going to take an even harder line. For example the replacement Attorney General is the fellow who wrote memo's giving legal cover for the torture in places like the Guantanamo Bay and abu Ghraib prisons.

As of November 16, here are the departures:

  • Colin Powell: Secretary of State; being replaced by Condoleeza Rice (cnn article)
  • John Ashcroft: Attorney General; being replaced by Alberto Gonzales (cnn article)
  • Don Evans: Secretary of Commerce
  • Rod Paige: Secretary of Education
  • Ann Veneman: Secretary of Agriculture
  • Spencer Abraham: Secretary of Energy

Apparently along with Colin Powell, the whole senior management of the State Department is leaving. So much for moderation in the second term.

Along with cabinet departures there is a shakeup at the CIA.

Top leaders of CIA's clandestine service resign

Monday, November 15, 2004 Posted: 11:14 PM EST (0414 GMT) CNN.COM

As The CIA Turns...


Top CIA staff quit US spy agency

Last Updated: Tuesday, 16 November, 2004, 04:34 GMT BBC

C.I.A. Churning Continues as 2 Top Officials Resign

Published: November 16, 2004 NYTIMES.COM

Spies rise up against CIA chief

By Marcus Warren in New York
(Filed: 15/11/2004)

CIA purge may be in the works

New director allegedly was told to get rid of those disloyal to Bush
Newsday - published in Houston Chronicle

CIA's No. 2 official retires amid reports of infighting

Saturday, November 13, 2004 Posted: 1628 GMT (0028 HKT) CNN.COM

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