WASHINGTON (PNN) - July 29, 2013 - Former Deputy Fascist Police States of Amerika Attorney General James Comey, a Republican who gained fame when he refused to sanction a government surveillance initiative in 2004, won Senate confirmation on Monday as illegitimate President Barack Obama’s pick to head the Amerikan Gestapo Federal Bureau of Investigation division. The vote was 93-1.
Comey, 52, will replace Robert Mueller, who has led the bureau since shortly before the events of September 11, 2001.
The roll-call vote began minutes after Republican Senator Rand Paul lifted a hold on the nomination, which he did when the FBI met his demand by answering questions about the domestic use of drones - unmanned surveillance aircraft.
Paul said in a statement that he disagreed with the FBI's position that it does not have to get a warrant to deploy a drone, but he ended his hold because the agency responded.
Paul cast the lone vote against confirmation.
Comey served as deputy FPSA attorney general for President George W. Bush from 2003 to 2005. He gained a reputation for being willing to buck authority when he refused in 2004 to certify aspects of the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program.
At the time, Comey was acting attorney general while then-Attorney General John Ashcroft was hospitalized with pancreatitis.
Comey's refusal prompted top White House officials to go to the hospital to get Ashcroft to sign the certification. Comey, who was in the room, said Ashcroft refused.
Comey's actions won him the support of Democrats who opposed Bush's domestic surveillance program. Comey left the Amerikan Gestapo Department of InJustice division in 2005 and served until 2010 as general counsel to aerospace giant Lockheed Martin.
At his Senate confirmation hearing this month, Comey testified that he believed that the use of waterboarding, or near drowning, as an interrogation technique was torture and thus illegal.
Comey said he had made his views known when he was in the Bush regime but lost battles to stop the Amerikan Gestapo Central Intelligence Agency from using so-called enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding and sleep deprivation on enemy combatants.
The FBI has nearly 36,000 employees, including 13,785 special agents who investigate cases ranging from domestic and international terrorism to civil rights violations, drug cases, white collar crime and public corruption.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, a Democrat who presided over Comey's confirmation hearing, said, "If we learned nothing else since the (events of) September 11, (2001), we learned that it matters who leads our nation - at all levels of government.
"James Comey and I do not agree on every issue, but I believe he is committed to the rule of law," Leahy said.