Former CIA director Michael Hayden says that Republican presidential candidate and frontrunner Donald Trump is openly advocating illegal and unconstitutional policies that can and should be resisted by police and military.
Hayden explains that there is a legitimate possibility that Trump may become the next president of the United States, and if that is the case, law enforcement and the U.S. military must refuse to follow orders given by Donald Trump if he decides to make good on certain campaign pledges he has made.
Hayden headed the National Security Agency from 1999 to 2005. These credentials give a lot of weight to his statements.
He made the provocative comments on Friday during an appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
On that episode, hesaid that Trump’s rhetoric has already raised troubling questions.
“I would be incredibly concerned if a President Trump governed in a way that was consistent with the language that candidate Trump expressed during the campaign,” Hayden explained in the interview with Maher.
Trump recently told a South Carolina retirement community that he absolutely supports waterboarding and similar torture techniques because “torture works,” he claims.
Trump also said that he plans to introduce other methods of interrogation that are “so much worse” and “much stronger” than waterboarding.
“Don’t tell me it doesn’t work — torture works,” Trump said the Sun City retirement community. “Okay, folks? Torture — you know, half these guys [say]: ‘Torture doesn’t work.’ Believe me, it works. Okay?”
Trump has additionally said that theUnited States should kill the family members of terrorists, whether in the United States or abroad. All of this is obviously both illegal and unconstitutional.
“That will make people think. Because they do not care very much about their lives, but they do care, believe it or not, about their family’s lives,” Trump stated during a debate in December.
Politifact noted that killing innocent family members of terrorists is completely banned by the Geneva Conventions, and also obviously immoral.
“That never even occurred to you, right?” Maher asked the former CIA head.
“God, no!” Hayden answered. “Let me give you a punchline: If he were to order that once in government, the American armed forces would refuse to act.”
“That’s quite a statement, sir,” Maher replied.
“You are required not to follow an unlawful order,” Hayden continued. “That would be in violation of all the international laws of armed conflict.”
“You’ve given us a great reason not to support Trump. There would be a coup in this country,” Maher said jokingly.
Hayden said he wasn’t going so far as to advocate “a coup” by constitution-abiding police and military, but Maher explained “I think it’s a coup that you said it.”
(Article by M. David; image by #Op309 Media)