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  • America’s Former Top Spy Makes His Pick For President

    04/06/2016 3:14:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/6/16 | Toni Ann Booras
    Former CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich for president Wednesday, saying he has the best experience and leadership skills to run the country.Hayden, who helmed both the NSA and the CIA through former President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama’s years in office, cited Kasich’s 18 years of experience on the House Armed Services Committee in a statement announcing his endorsement. He also praised Kasich’s proposals to increase defense spending and defeat Islamic State.“Governor Kasich has serious proposals to strengthen our military, defeat ISIS and stand up for freedom around the world—proposals that rise far above bumper-stickers...
  • Former CIA Chief Says Military Could Defy Donald Trump's Orders

    02/27/2016 7:16:59 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 144 replies
    WSJ ^ | Feb 27, 2016 | Damian Paletta
    Former CIA Chief Says Military Could Defy Donald Trump’s Orders By Damian Paletta Feb 27, 2016 4:53 pm ET WASHINGTON – Retired Gen. Michael Hayden, who recently led the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency, said the U.S. military would likely refuse to follow certain orders from Donald Trump if he is elected to the White House in November and follows through on campaign promises. "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," Gen. Hayden said during an interview will...
  • Former CIA director trashes Trump and Cruz on national security

    02/22/2016 8:56:39 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 2-22-2016 | NICK GASS
    During the Feb. 6 Republican debate, Trump pledged that he would support waterboarding and would "bring back a hell of a lot worse." Last November, Trump told an audience in Columbus, Ohio, that waterboarding works. "Believe me, it works. And you know what? If it doesn't work, they deserve it anyway, for what they're doing. It works." Hayden disputed that notion Monday, saying, "We never did anything to anyone because they deserved it." "This was never looking backward. This was trying to keep Americans safe looking forward. People can argue about what we did, but it was never, never a...
  • Communists Thank SEIU for Help in Releasing Cuban Mass Murderer

    02/19/2015 1:52:11 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 19 Feb 2015 | Spyridon Mitsotakis
    Gerardo Hernandez, a spy for Communist Cuba and the man responsible for the murder of four humanitarian workers (three of whom were American citizens) over international waters, was freed from prison last year by the Obama administration, due in part to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). This was revealed at a February 6, 2015, celebration of Hernandez’s release, along with two of his fellow Cuban agents (collectively known as the “Cuban 5.. At the beginning of the event, an IPS official thanked all who who took part in the 17-year campaign and singled out a number of organizations that...
  • Hayden slams Senate report, claims CIA interrogations yielded 'Home Depot'-sized trove of intel

    12/10/2014 10:56:46 AM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 10, 2014 | Catherine Herridge, Chad Pergram, AP
    Good 6 1/2 minute video with Hayden. Former CIA Director Michael Hayden on Wednesday defended the agency’s post-9/11 interrogation methods, following the release of a Senate report that slammed their tactics as "brutal" and ineffective. “These interrogations … gave us kind of a Home Depot-like storage of information on Al Qaeda on which we relied,” Hayden told Fox News. “We are still relying on it today.” Hayden was one of the top-ranking intelligence officials in the federal government for a decade. He first served as director of the National Security Agency, before taking over at the CIA in 2006 during...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 14 September 2014

    09/14/2014 5:04:58 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 143 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 14 September 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    p>The Talk Shows September 14th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): White House chief of staff Denis McDonough; Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C; Michael Hayden, a former CIA and National Security Agency director.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): McDonough; former Secretary of State James Baker; Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.FACE THE NATION (CBS): McDonough; Secretary of State John Kerry; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas.THIS WEEK (ABC): McDonough; Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa; Education Secretary Arne Duncan.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): McDonough; Harkin; Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Rep. John...
  • Sons of Guns' Will Hayden was arrested for rape; show cancelled. [Vanity]

    08/30/2014 2:32:55 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 21 replies
    Several sources | bjørn14
    Will Hayden, the star of Discovery Channel's Sons of Guns TV show was arrested for aggravated rape of an 11-year old girl in East Baton Rouge, LA. Discovery has cancelled the show and Red Jacket Firearms has severed all business ties with Hayden. Sorry, I cannot post a link.
  • 'Sons of Guns' canceled after star Will Hayden arrested for allegedly repeatedly raping minor

    08/27/2014 1:01:35 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 26 replies ^ | 8-27-2014 | Leora Arnowitz
    “Sons of Guns” star Will Hayden has been arrested again, this time for aggravated rape, according to documents sent to FOX411 by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office. The allegations have prompted the cancellation of his Discovery Channel series. “Given the serious and horrific nature of the charges against Will Hayden, we have decided to halt further production of 'Sons of Guns' and cancel the series," the network said in a statement. Hayden is accused of raping a minor “almost daily” since March 2013 and taking her virginity when she was 11 years old. TMZ reports the girl is Hayden’s...
  • Star of reality show 'Sons of Guns' is arrested for child rape

    08/27/2014 6:20:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 27, 2015 | Jenny Awford
    The star of reality TV show Sons of Guns has been charged with the aggravated rape of a girl who was just 11-years-old at the time of the alleged offence. William Hayden, 49, was apprehended as a fugitive on Tuesday in Livingston Parish, Louisiana, two weeks after being accused of child molestation, according to East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office. The girl is now backing up the allegations and says she was orally and vaginally raped almost daily, but did not report it because he threatened her physically.
  • Gen. Hayden: The State of Iraq Is Gone

    06/19/2014 3:34:39 PM PDT · by xzins · 41 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 18 Jun 2014 | Bill Hoffmann and Melissa Clyne
    The country of Iraq is, for all intents and purposes, dead and has been replaced by three successor states, former CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden told Newsmax TV Wednesday. "The state of Iraq as we know it is gone, and it's not going to be reconstituted," he told "The Steve Malzberg Show." "We've got three successor states there now," Hayden, a retired four star Air Force general added. "As much as we might look for opportunities to keep Iraq together, we need to be prepared for the reality that it's not going to stay together. "We should snuggle up comfortable...
  • “We Kill People Based on Metadata,” Admits Former CIA/NSA Boss

    05/13/2014 4:04:19 PM PDT · by robowombat · 60 replies
    New American ^ | Tuesday, 13 May 2014 11:00 | Alex Newman
    “We Kill People Based on Metadata,” Admits Former CIA/NSA Boss Written by Alex Newman font size decrease font size increase font size Print E-mail “We Kill People Based on Metadata,” Admits Former CIA/NSA Boss Essentially confessing to mass murder and multiple other crimes, retired Gen. Michael Hayden, the former boss of both the NSA and the CIA, admitted that the Obama administration has been murdering people around the world based solely on the so-called metadata collected by U.S. intelligence agencies. The controversial insider’s remarks confirmed growing fears and warnings by critics of the out-of-control federal government that, despite efforts to...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 30 March 2014

    03/30/2014 3:27:47 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 153 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 30 March 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows March 30th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Angus King, I-Maine; John Barrasso, R-Wyo.; Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.; Michael Leiter, former White House adviser on counterterrorism.FACE THE NATION (CBS): NCAA President Mark Emmert; Michael Hayden, former head of the CIA and the National Security Agency; Michael Morrell, former deputy CIA director and member of NSA Surveillance Review Group; Cmdr. William J. Marks, U.S. Navy 7th Fleet, which is involved in the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines jet.THIS WEEK...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 29 December 2013

    12/29/2013 5:00:35 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 119 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 29 December 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows December 29th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; Democratic former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Joaquin Castro, D-Texas.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Gen. Michael Hayden, Former National Security Agency Director; NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake.THIS WEEK (ABC): A look at game changers in 2013 (I can’t help thinking it’s Auburn running back Chris Davis).STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Secretary of State John Kerry. STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Neera Tanden, president and CEO of...
  • Former NSA chief predicts surveillance programs will expand

    08/13/2013 3:18:46 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 18 replies
    RT ^ | 08/13/2013 | RT
    The former head of the National Security Agency said Sunday that not only does ending the NSA’s domestic surveillance programs seems unlikely, but he images those endeavors could expand in scope during the coming years. Former NSA chief Michael Hayden told television host Bob Schieffer of CBS’ Face the Nation over the weekend that the current program that collects the metadata of millions of American phone customers on a regular basis for the United States government could in the future perhaps be used to soak up even more statistics about US citizens. In early June, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 4 August 2013

    08/04/2013 5:25:22 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 152 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows August 4th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Reps. Eric Cantor, R-Va., and Justin Amash, R-Mich.; Michael Hayden, a former head of the CIA and the National Security Agency.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.; former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Reps. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Michael McCaul, R-Texas; and Sen. Chuck U. Schumer, D-N.Y.THIS WEEK (ABC): Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md.STATE OF THE UNION...
  • Former NSA, CIA director: "The United States does conduct espionage"

    06/30/2013 10:02:48 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 15 replies
    Former NSA, CIA director: "The United States does conduct espionage" (CBS News) "The United States does conduct espionage," and the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution protecting the privacy of American citizens "is not an international treaty," former CIA and National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden said Sunday on "Face the Nation," after a German magazine cited secret intelligence documents to charge U.S. spies of bugging European Union offices. "Any European who wants to go out and rim their garments with regard to international espionage should look first and find out what their own governments are doing," Hayden said. "Let's keep...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 16 June 2013

    06/16/2013 4:50:41 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 157 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 16 June 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows June 16th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Former Vice President Dick Cheney. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sens. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Lindsey Graham R-S.C.; Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va.; Michael Hayden, a former director of the CIA and the National Security Agency.FACE THE NATION (CBS): White House chief of staff Denis McDonough; Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.; former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Rogers; Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.
  • Colorado’s Fox 31 Investigative Reporters Trying to Entrap Honest Gun Sellers

    04/18/2013 9:43:59 AM PDT · by B4Ranch · 11 replies ^ | Wednesday, April 17, 2013 |
    Colorado --( It has been brought to our attention that FOX31 reporters Julie Hayden and Josh Bernstein have been attempting to set up straw purchases via online firearm markets. Keep an eye out for these FOX31 reporters trying to SCAM you in their “investigative reporting”: Many of our members have made us aware of these activities through a website called If you are selling a firearm through this website, or any other website for that matter, please make sure that you exercise caution and your best judgment when completing a transaction in person. Remember, while journalists have used these...
  • Bombing the Syrian Reactor: The Untold Story

    02/23/2013 8:09:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 61 replies
    Commentary ^ | February 2013 | Elliott Abrams
    As the civil war in Syria enters its third year, there is much discussion of the regimeÂ’s chemical weapons and whether SyriaÂ’s Bashar al-Assad will unleash them against Syrian rebels, or whether a power vacuum after AssadÂ’s fall might make those horrific tools available to the highest bidder. The conversation centers on SyriaÂ’s chemical weaponry, not on something vastly more serious: its nuclear weaponry. It well might have. This is the inside story of why it does not. Relations between the United States and Israel had grown rocky after IsraelÂ’s incursion into Lebanon in 2006, for Secretary of State Condoleezza...
  • Hayden: Obama's Libya Adventure to Blame for Ambassador Death

    09/12/2012 7:08:21 PM PDT · by socialism_stinX · 17 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 9/12/12 | Jim Meyers and John Bachman
    Violent protests in Libya that claimed the life of the U.S. ambassador were the result of President Obama’s decision to intervene in the Libyan revolt without a “deep appreciation” for what would follow, former CIA Director Michael Hayden tells Newsmax. Hayden, a former four-star Air Force general, was appointed CIA director by President George W. Bush in 2006 and served until 2009. In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV on Wednesday, Hayden discusses the events in Libya: “I’m reminded of Secretary of State Powell’s comments about Iraq going back almost a decade — the Pottery Barn theory that if you break...
  • Ex-NSA worker charged in classified leak case (likely Berger protege)

    04/15/2010 9:32:07 AM PDT · by SueRae · 41 replies · 1,268+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 4/15/2010 | Breitbart (via AP0)
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - A former senior executive at the National Security Agency was charged Thursday with lying and obstruction of justice in an investigation of leaks of classified information to a newspaper. Federal prosecutors said Thomas Drake, 52, served as a source for many articles about the NSA in an unidentified newspaper, including articles that contained classified information.</p>

    01/23/2006 9:53:19 PM PST · by mal · 1 replies · 372+ views
    MR. HILL: Good morning. My name is Keith Hill. I'm an editor/writer with the Bureau of National Affairs, Press Club governor and vice chair of the club's Newsmaker Committee, and I'll be today's moderator. Today, we have General Michael Hayden, principal deputy director of National Intelligence with the Office of National Intelligence, who will talk about the recent controversy surrounding the National Security Agency's warrantless monitoring of communications of suspected al Qaeda terrorists. General Hayden, who's been in this position since last April, is currently the highest ranking military intelligence officer in the armed services, and he also knows a...
  • Hayden: "Time to strip the Obama sticker off my car"

    12/02/2009 5:01:15 PM PST · by Signalman · 34 replies · 1,050+ views ^ | 12/2/2009 | Alex Koppleman
    Tom Hayden, the liberal activist best known for his work in the 60's, when he helped found Students for a Democratic Society, was once pretty enthusiastic about Barack Obama. Back in March of 2008 he had the first byline on an article in the Nation -- also attributed to Bill Fletcher Jr., Danny Glover and Barbara Ehrenreich -- that began, "All American progressives should unite for Barack Obama." Now, though, after the president announced his decision to send an additional 30,00 troops to fight in Afghanistan, Hayden's had enough. His latest piece for the Nation begins with a very different...
  • Obama's Man Van Jones-Many Roads Lead to Cuba, Communism

    08/27/2009 6:11:29 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies · 940+ views
    New Zeal ^ | August 27, 2009 | Trevor Loudon
    Two big questions hang over President Obama's radical "Green Jobs Czar" Van Jones. Is he still a communist? Is he a security threat? Many have assumed that Van Jones' committment to communism ended when the organization he helped to lead STORM (Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement) dissolved in 2002. Yet a 2004 treatise Reclaiming Revolution: History, Summation, and Lessons from the Work of Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement written and endorsed by a majority of former STORM members makes it clear that most ex STORMers are still committed to the revolutionary movement; From page 49. When...
  • Spy Agency Fiasco (Panetta amateur hour at CIA, our safety suffers)

    08/18/2009 6:39:09 AM PDT · by milwguy · 14 replies · 1,270+ views
    daily beast ^ | 8/17/2009 | Joseph Finder
    Three former CIA directors have privately told their successor he had his facts wrong when he revealed an illegal assassination program, reports Joseph Finder, and his spies will suffer for it. according to a half-dozen sources, including several very senior, recently retired CIA officials, clandestine-service officers, and Cabinet-level officials from the Bush administration, the real story is at once more innocent—Panetta was mistaken; no law was broken—and far more troubling: an inexperienced CIA director, unfamiliar with how his vast, complicated agency works, unable to trust senior officials within his own agency, and desperate to keep his hands clean, screwed up....
  • American leftists were Pol Pot's cheerleaders

    04/10/2008 8:01:03 AM PDT · by Interesting Times · 75 replies · 2,272+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | April 30, 1998 | Jeff Jacoby
    The death of Pol Pot, 23 years to the day after he and the Khmer Rouge seized control of Cambodia, occasioned long backward glances at one of the 20th century's most horrific genocides. It was noted everywhere that the communist reign of terror in Cambodia lasted nearly four years and that at least 1 million human beings -- by some estimates as many as 2 1/2 million -- were murdered in an orgy of executions, torture, and starvation. "In the name of a radical utopia," The New York Times recalled in its long obituary, "the Khmer Rouge regime had turned...
  • Former CIA Director: No One Told Me Not To Tell Congress

    07/15/2009 8:55:54 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies · 1,462+ views
    NPR ^ | 07-13-2009 1:50 PM ET | Mark Memmott
    The man who ran the CIA from 2006 through January says he wasn't told by then-vice president Dick Cheney not to brief Congress about a covert program aimed at members of al-Qaida, NPR's Mary Louise Kelly reports. Gen. Mike Hayden's statement is at odds with a New York Times report Sunday that said the CIA: Withheld information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress for eight years on direct orders from former Vice President Dick Cheney, the agency's director, Leon E. Panetta, has told the Senate and House intelligence committees, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said...
  • AP Interview: Hayden says Congress was informed

    07/11/2009 1:22:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 3,074+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/11/09 | Pamela Hess - ap
    WASHINGTON – Former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden angrily struck back Saturday at assertions the Bush administration's post-9/11 surveillance program was more far-reaching than imagined and was largely concealed from congressional overseers. In an interview with The Associated Press, Hayden maintained that top members of Congress were kept well-informed all along the way, notwithstanding protests from some that they were kept in the dark. "One of the points I had in every one of the briefings was to make sure they understood the scope of our activity 'They've got to know this is bigger than a bread box,' I said,"...
  • Memos shed light on CIA use of sleep deprivation

    05/10/2009 2:38:27 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 13 replies · 938+ views
    LATimes ^ | May 10, 2009 | Greg Miller
    As President Obama prepared last month to release secret memos on the CIA's use of severe interrogation methods, the White House fielded a flurry of last-minute appeals. One came from former CIA Director Michael V. Hayden, who expressed disbelief that the administration was prepared to expose methods it might later decide it needed. "Are you telling me that under all conditions of threat, you will never interfere with the sleep cycle of a detainee?" Hayden asked a top White House official, according to sources familiar with the exchange. From the beginning, sleep deprivation had been one of the most important...
  • CIA Memos: Obama Releases What Makes Us Look Bad, Conceals What Makes Us Look Good

    04/21/2009 1:43:51 PM PDT · by Michael Eden · 9 replies · 491+ views
    Start Thinking Right ^ | April 21, 2009 | Michael Eden
    President Obama released legal memos revealing our interrogation methods of terrorists, essentially referring to the Bush years following 9/11 as a "dark and painful chapter in our history." Thus we found out that: Prisoners could be kept awake for more than a week. They could be stripped of their clothes, fed nothing but liquid and thrown against a wall 30 consecutive times. In one case, the CIA was told it could prey on one prisoner's fear of insects by stuffing him into a box with a bug. When all else failed, the CIA could turn to what a Justice Department...
  • Transcript: Gen. Hayden on 'FNS'

    04/20/2009 5:37:34 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 13 replies · 838+ views
    FoxNewsSunday ^ | April 20, 2009 | Chris Wallace
    ...HAYDEN: I wasn't asked. We weren't asked. We were informed as a courtesy by the agency that this was a pending decision, and all of us self-initiated, voluntarily, to call the White House and express our views. I should add, too, that the current director, Director Panetta, shared our views. I mean, if you look — if you look at what this really comprises, if you look at the documents that have been made public, it says top secret at the top. The definition of top secret is information which, if revealed, would cause grave harm to U.S. security. And...
  • Obama defends secret memo release to CIA employees

    04/20/2009 3:30:24 PM PDT · by Justaham · 12 replies · 479+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 4-20-09 | Pamela Hess
    WASHINGTON – Days after releasing top-secret memos that detailed the CIA's use of simulated drowning while interrogating terror suspects, President Barack Obama went to the spy agency's Virginia headquarters on Monday to defend his decision and bolster the morale of its employees. "I acted primarily because of the exceptional circumstances that surrounded these memos, particularly the fact that so much of the information was public," Obama said.
  • Tipping terrorists: Obama shows our hand

    04/20/2009 4:10:27 AM PDT · by billorites · 9 replies · 703+ views
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | April 20, 2009 | Editorial
    President Obama made what a spokesman called a "weighty" decision last week. He released a Bush administration memo that lists and precisely describes the harsh interrogation techniques the CIA was allowed to use when questioning al-Qaida suspects. What could he possibly have been thinking? Although the President signed an executive order halting the use of these methods soon after he took office, he and his CIA director both acknowledged that the administration reserved the right to use them in the future should they be needed. Now, they cannot be used even if this or any future administration finds them necessary....
  • Former CIA Director Hayden Slams Obama for Releasing CIA Interrogation Memos - Video 4/19/09

    04/20/2009 5:13:30 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 7 replies · 394+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | April 20, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of former CIA Director Michael Hayden yesterday on Fox News Sunday being very critical of President Obama for releasing CIA Memos that detail the "outer limits" of what the CIA will do in terms of interrogating prisoners. Hayden argues that is very dangerous, making it far more difficult for CIA Officers to defend the nation. He also believes Obama's decision has demoralized CIA employees, making them far less aggressive since they do not know whether or not their actions will be fodder as a political football in the future. It has left the Agency feeling that what...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 19 April 2009

    04/19/2009 5:04:55 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 210 replies · 9,107+ views
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 19 April 2009 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    p>The Talk Shows Sunday, April 19th, 2009 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Former CIA Director Michael Hayden; Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Denyce Graves, opera singer.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Larry Summers, director of the National Economic Council; FreedomWorks chairman and former Rep. Dick Armey, R-Texas; Democratic Leadership Council chairman and former Rep. Harold Ford Jr., D-Tenn.FACE THE NATION (CBS): David Axelrod, White House senior adviser; Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pa.; Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association.THIS WEEK (ABC): White House chief of staff Rahm...
  • Ex-CIA chief: Obama risks national security

    04/19/2009 1:09:13 PM PDT · by james500 · 28 replies · 2,403+ views
    CNN ^ | 4/19/2009
    A former head of the CIA slammed President Obama on Sunday for releasing four Bush-era memos, saying the new president has compromised national security. Former CIA chief Michael Hayden said Sunday it is wrong to make interrogation methods public. Michael Hayden, who served as former President Bush's last CIA director from 2006 to 2009, said releasing the memos outlining terror interrogation methods emboldened terrorist groups such as al Qaeda. "What we have described for our enemies in the midst of a war are the outer limits that any American would ever go to in terms of interrogating an al Qaeda...
  • Ex-CIA chiefs slowed ‘torture memos’ release (but Traitor Obama did it anyway!)

    04/17/2009 5:39:44 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 48 replies · 1,693+ views
    msnbc ^ | 4/17/2009 | ap
    Four former CIA directors opposed releasing classified Bush-era interrogation memos, officials say, describing objections that went all the way to the White House and slowed release of the records. Former CIA chiefs Michael Hayden, Porter Goss, George Tenet and John Deutch all called the White House in March warning that release of the so-called "torture memos" would compromise intelligence operations, current and former officials say. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in order to detail internal government discussions. President Barack Obama ultimately overruled those concerns after internal discussions that intensified in the weeks after the former directors intervened. The...
  • The President Ties His Own Hands on Terror

    04/17/2009 11:28:06 AM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 15 replies · 734+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 04-17-09 | MICHAEL HAYDEN and MICHAEL B. MUKASEY
    The point of interrogation is intelligence, not confession. The Obama administration has declassified and released opinions of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) given in 2005 and earlier that analyze the legality of interrogation techniques authorized for use by the CIA. Those techniques were applied only when expressly permitted by the director, and are described in these opinions in detail, along with their limits and the safeguards applied to them.
  • The President Ties His Own Hands On Terror [No, He Ties America's Hands]

    04/17/2009 2:37:47 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies · 589+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | April 17, 2009
    The President Ties His Own Hands on Terror The point of interrogation is intelligence, not confession. By MICHAEL HAYDEN and MICHAEL B. MUKASEY The Obama administration has declassified and released opinions of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) given in 2005 and earlier that analyze the legality of interrogation techniques authorized for use by the CIA. Those techniques were applied only when expressly permitted by the director, and are described in these opinions in detail, along with their limits and the safeguards applied to them. The release of these opinions was unnecessary as a legal matter, and is...
  • Ex-CIA Chief Criticizes Release of Interrogation Memos

    04/17/2009 7:21:36 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 18 replies · 891+ views
    FOX ^ | April 16, 2009
    Former CIA Director Michael Hayden says release of the memos will give terrorists a precise guide for what to expect in a CIA interrogation if those methods are ever approved for use again. WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama absolved CIA officers from prosecution for harsh, painful interrogation of terror suspects Thursday, even as his administration released Bush-era memos graphically detailing -- and authorizing -- such grim tactics as slamming detainees against walls, waterboarding them and keeping them naked and cold for long periods. Human rights groups and many Obama officials have condemned such methods as torture. Bush officials have vigorously...
  • Former Bush officials slam release of torture memos

    04/17/2009 1:20:26 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 16 replies · 922+ views
    YahooNews ^ | 04/17/09 | YahooNews
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Amid calls for torture prosecutions, former Bush administration officials Friday slammed President Barack Obama's release of terror interrogation memos, warning the move would fuel "timidity and fear" among US spies. Unhappy with Obama's promise not to prosecute CIA officials, human rights groups have demanded criminal investigations of officials who approved or used the interrogation techniques chillingly detailed in the Justice Department memos. But in an editorial in The Wall Street Journal, former CIA director Michael Hayden and former attorney general Michael Mukasey charged that disclosure of the memos "was unnecessary as a legal matter, and is unsound...
  • Quick, Make Like an Ant

    04/06/2009 1:04:25 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 39 replies · 713+ views
    CEH ^ | April 5, 2009
    Quick, Make Like an AntApril 5, 2009 — Ants deserve a lot of respect, despite being a nuisance in the kitchen.  The very fact they are so effective at bugging us is a testament to their ingenuity in foraging, communicating and organizing themselves into successful colonies.  We might just gain some valuable knowledge by watching them more closely. Foraging: Live Science says that ants forage haphazardly, but there might be a method to their madness.  Anyone who has watched ant scouts on the kitchen sink knows they seem to go this way and that without a plan.  Why don’t they...
  • Transcript of Director Hayden's Interview with Fox News January 21, 2009

    02/02/2009 5:38:42 PM PST · by Cindy · 8 replies · 528+ views ^ | January 21, 2009 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Fox Correspondent Catherine Herridge interviewed CIA Director Mike Hayden on January 15, 2009. Below is the transcript of the interview." SNIPPET: "HERRIDGE: You said today that one of the greatest accomplishments was the number of days it had been since the attack [on the homeland]. Why do you consider that to be one of the most important accomplishments? HAYDEN: It has been ((word indistinct)) for the Agency since about mid-morning on September 11th. I’ve said this publicly before. One of the most operational offices, the one that really does things in the war on terror, you walk in and...
  • The Second Greatest Threat to America

    02/02/2009 3:55:36 PM PST · by AuntB · 45 replies · 1,037+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | Feb. 2, 2009 | Lee Ellis
    Which two countries offer the greatest threat to the United States? If you answered that they both must be in the Middle East, you would be only half right. You would be amazed to learn, as I was, that the second greatest threat to America comes from this hemisphere – yes, right next door to us. Former CIA chief Michael Hayden told reporters in January of this year that Mexico could rank alongside Iran as a challenge for President Obama – perhaps a greater problem than Iraq. The U.S. Justice Department said last month that Mexican gangs are the "biggest...
  • Outgoing CIA director defends interrogation program

    01/28/2009 8:47:52 PM PST · by Red Steel · 3 replies · 307+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Thursday, 01.15.09 | JONATHAN S. LANDAY
    LANGLEY, Va. -- Outgoing CIA Director Michael Hayden on Thursday vigorously defended the agency's use of secret prisons and coercive interrogation methods on suspected al Qaeda terrorists, saying they helped avert new terrorist attacks and were done "out of duty, not out of enthusiasm." Hayden argued that the CIA detainee program shouldn't be subjected to a public investigation because the administration had obtained Justice Department legal opinions to support it and had informed members of Congress. A public inquiry also would damage the careers of dedicated intelligence officers and the agency's espionage operations, he said. "We are asked to do...
  • CIA Director's Strong Defense of Interrogation Techniques ( Waterborading works )

    01/18/2009 6:53:38 AM PST · by kellynla · 29 replies · 1,115+ views ^ | January 15, 2009 | staff
    ABC News' Luis Martinez reports: CIA Director Michael Hayden offered a spirited defense of the agency's controversial detention and interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding, which Attorney General nominee Eric Holder characterized today as "torture." Hayden said the techniques provided extremely useful information about al Qaeda and have led to repeated successes against the terror network. "You can't say it didn't work. It worked," Hayden said in a wide-ranging farewell interview with reporters at the CIA's headquarters in Langley, Va.
  • Barack Obama Is Warned To Beware Of A ‘Huge Threat’ From Al-Qaeda

    11/14/2008 4:30:08 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 59 replies · 2,511+ views ^ | November 15, 2008 | Tom Baldwin and Michael Evans
    Barack Obama is being given ominous advice from leaders on both sides of the Atlantic to brace himself for an early assault from terrorists. General Michael Hayden, director of the CIA, this week acknowledged that there were dangers during a presidential transition when new officials were coming in and getting accustomed to the challenges. But he added that no “real or artificial spike” in intercepted transmissions from terror suspects had been detected. President Bush has repeatedly described the acute vulnerability of the US during a transition. The Bush Administration has been defined largely by the 9/11 attacks, which came within...
  • Top Obama Campaign Member Met With Ahmadinejad in New York Tonight

    09/24/2008 7:42:49 PM PDT · by kristinn · 143 replies · 8,163+ views
    Wednesday, September 24, 2008 | Kristinn
    <p>A founding member of the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois met in New York City tonight with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.</p> <p>Jodie Evans, who co-hosted Obama's first major fundraiser in Hollywood in February 2007 just after Obama announced his candidacy and is a top fundraiser and donor to Obama's campaign, led a delegation of leftist anti-American groups that held a private meeting near the United Nations. The stated purpose of the meeting was to "serve as an opening for diplomatic resolution" to prevent war between Iran and the United States.</p>
  • Al Qaeda on the Run

    05/31/2008 5:36:56 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 9 replies · 178+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 31 may 08
    A year ago in July, a National Intelligence Estimate warned that al Qaeda had "protected or regenerated key elements of its Homeland attack capability," meaning it could be poised to strike America again. The political reaction was instantaneous and damning. "This clearly says al Qaeda is not beaten," said Michael Scheuer, the former CIA spook turned antiterror scold. What a difference 10 months – and a surge – make. CIA Director Michael Hayden painted a far more optimistic picture in an interview yesterday in the Washington Post. "On balance, we are doing pretty well," he said. "Near strategic defeat of...
  • Al Qaeda and the Turning Tide

    05/31/2008 9:26:23 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 6 replies · 148+ views
    Iraq Status Report ^ | 5/30/08 | Peter Wehner
    CIA Director Michael Hayden gave a noteworthy interview to the Washington Post this week. According to the Post: Less than a year after his agency warned of new threats from a resurgent al-Qaeda, CIA Director Michael V. Hayden now portrays the terrorist movement as essentially defeated in Iraq and Saudi Arabia and on the defensive throughout much of the rest of the world, including in its presumed haven along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. In a strikingly upbeat assessment, the CIA chief cited major gains against al-Qaeda’s allies in the Middle East and an increasingly successful campaign to destabilize the group’s core...