Another hack hard at work on our dime, pretty soon he will get the pension and all its perks for sitting on his ass.... http://public.cq.com/public/20060303_homeland.html Negroponte Makes the Most of His Post as Minister Without Portfolio By Jeff Stein, CQ Staff On many a workday lunchtime, the nominal boss of U.S. intelligence, John D. Negroponte, can be found at a private club in downtown Washington, getting a massage, taking a swim, and having lunch, followed by a good cigar and a perusal of the daily papers in the clubĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s library. Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“He spends three hours there [every] Monday through Friday,Ă˘â‚¬ gripes a senior counterterrorism official, noting that the former ambassador has a security detail sitting outside all that time in chase cars. Others say theyĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ve seen the Director of National Intelligence at the University Club, a 100-year-old mansion-like redoubt of dark oak panels and high ceilings a few blocks from the White House, only Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“severalĂ˘â‚¬ times a week. Surely Negroponte needs a comfort zone, forced as he is to spends hours in the witness chair in front of congressional committees, fielding hot potatoes on subjects over which he has no control Ă˘â‚¬â€ť the NSAĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s warrantless surveillance, domestic spying by secret military intelligence units, paying newspapers in Iraq to run pro-U.S. stories. Lacking control must be a new experience for Negroponte. In the 1980s he was ambassador to Honduras, base camp for U.S.-backed attacks on left-wing Nicaragua. More recently, he was the U.S. proconsul in Baghdad. NegroponteĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s reputation as a very demanding boss, in fact, preceded him to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), where aides fretted at the prospect of 15-hour days and memos thrown back in their faces by this disciple of Henry A. Kissinger.