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 club√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs library. √Ę‚ā¨ŇďHe spends three hours there [every] Monday through Friday,√Ę‚ā¨ gripes a senior counterterrorism official, noting that the former ambassador has a security detail sitting outside all that time in chase cars. Others say they√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘve 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 √Ę‚ā¨Ňďseveral√Ę‚ā¨ 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 √Ę‚ā¨‚ÄĚ the NSA√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs 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. Negroponte√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs 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.