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  • 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...
  • “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...
  • Assad win may be Syria's 'best option'

    12/17/2013 11:24:58 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 9 replies
    AFP via Yahoo! ^ | December 12, 2013 9:44 PM
    Washington (AFP) - The sectarian bloodbath in Syria is such a threat to regional security that a victory for Bashar al-Assad's regime could be the best outcome to hope for, a former CIA chief said. Washington condemned Assad's conduct of the conflict, threatened air strikes after he was accused of targeting civilians with chemical weapons and has demanded he step down. The United States is also supplying millions of dollars in "non-lethal" aid to some of the rebel groups fighting Assad's rule. But Michael Hayden, the retired US Air Force general who until 2009 was head of the Central Intelligence...
  • Gen. Hayden: Iran 'Far Too Close to Nuclear Weapon'

    12/01/2013 8:26:48 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 19 replies ^ | 12/01/2013 | Greg Richter
    With few good choices in dealing with Iran's push for nuclear weapons, former CIA and NSA Director Gen. Michael Hayden said he's OK with letting the six-month temporary deal with the country go forward. But we should be truthful, Hayden told "Fox News Sunday." "We have accepted Iranian uranium enrichment." The "red line" with Iran has clearly changed, Hayden told host Chris Wallace. "Right now, the Iranians are far too close to a nuclear weapon," he said. "We have hit the pause button. Now we've got to negotiate hitting the delete button with them." At the end of the day,...
  • [Hayden] Former CIA head: U.S. has ‘accepted Iranian uranium enrichment’

    12/02/2013 4:01:48 AM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/1/2013 | Jason Seher
    Retired Gen. Michael Hayden said Sunday the United States has all but conceded Iran has the right to enrich uranium. "We have accepted Iranian uranium enrichment," Hayden said when asked about the agreement reached last week between Iran and the so-called P5+1 - the United States, Britain, China, Russia, France and Germany. Hayden, a former director of the CIA who served in both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, expressed a less critical view of the deal than most Republican national security hawks, saying he's willing to let this agreement "run." "It's not like we had a whole lot...
  • 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 11 August 2013

    08/11/2013 5:17:54 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 112 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 11 August 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows August 11th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Steve King, R-Iowa; Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Anu Bhagwati, executive director, Service Women's Action Network.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Reps. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., and Peter King, R-N.Y.; Michael Hayden, a former head of the CIA and the National Security Agency.THIS WEEK (ABC): Edward Snowden's father, Lon; Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.; Reps. Ed Royce, R-Calif., Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, and Louie Gohmert, R-Texas; Donald Trump.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN):...
  • 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...
  • Michael Hayden: "probable cause" is not in the 4th Amendment

    06/17/2013 1:27:19 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 121 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | JUNE 17, 2013 | mildlybrilliant
    Mind boggling ignorance!
  • 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.
  • Former NSA Chief: The Agency Has ‘Very Good Idea’ Which Secrets Snowden Swiped

    06/11/2013 5:40:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | June 11, 2013 | Hunter Walker
    With the promise of more news stories to come based on National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s unprecedented leak, NSA brass are probably fully aware of what’s coming next, according to a former top official. Retired Gen. Michael Hayden, who was the director of the NSA from 1995 until 2005, told TPM Tuesday that agency officials likely know exactly which classified files were accessed and potentially leaked by Snowden. Hayden also said it’s possible the number of documents leaked by Snowden number in the thousands and he’s “surprised” at the sensitive nature of the material that’s been leaked so far....
  • Bombing the Syrian Reactor: The Untold Story

    02/23/2013 8:09:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 60 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...
  • Bush CIA Director: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Portrayal of Interrogations 'Not Factually True'

    02/23/2013 3:59:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | February 23, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    On the eve of Sunday's Academy Awards presentation, former George W. Bush CIA Director Michael Hayden has made a strong statement about the hunt for Osama bin Laden film "Zero Dark Thirty." In an interview to be aired on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS Sunday, Hayden said, "If you look at the movie, it was artistically true, not factually true. Artistically, it portrayed the CIA interrogation program, but factually it was overwrought and inaccurate" (video follows with transcript and commentary): Bush CIA Director: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Portrayal of Interrogations 'Not Factually True' FAREED ZAKARIA, HOST: Did enhanced interrogation techniques, specifically waterboarding,...
  • 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>
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • A prophet is not without honor save in his own country

    05/30/2008 6:59:01 AM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 2 replies · 55+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 5/30/08 | Purple Mountains
    One thing is certain about Scott McClellan’s book: he wouldn’t have sold many copies if it had been about how well President Bush had served his country. Friends and admirers of the President don’t need to read a book like that; only future students of history do. Friends and admirers well realize that, at enormous cost to himself in the nanny-state in which we now live, President Bush has kept us safe against all odds, he steered us through a recovery from the Clinton recession and then through the incredible collapse of the economy after 9/11, and all the while...
  • CIA Politics (How Waxman Claimed CIA Called Plame Covert When She Wasn't)

    12/04/2007 6:35:47 AM PST · by freespirited · 13 replies · 213+ views
    Human Events ^ | 4/12/07 | Robert Novak
    Seated at the Washington Gridiron dinner March 31, I was interrupted by a man crouching at my feet who was dressed Air Force formal with the four stars of a full general. It was CIA Director Michael Hayden, who complained to me profanely that my column had misrepresented him in the Valerie Plame Wilson case. Denying he favors Democrats, Gen. Hayden indicated to me he had not authorized Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman to say Mrs. Wilson had been a "covert" CIA employee, as he claimed Hayden did, but only that she was "undercover." Keeping busy at a Gridiron evening supposedly...
  • CIA Announces Declassification of 1970s 'Skeletons' File...(Drudge Title)

    06/21/2007 4:08:07 PM PDT · by RDTF · 62 replies · 2,218+ views
    GWU via Drudge Report ^ | June 21, 2007 | Thomas Blanton
    The Central Intelligence Agency violated its charter for 25 years until revelations of illegal wiretapping, domestic surveillance, assassination plots, and human experimentation led to official investigations and reforms in the 1970s, according to declassified documents posted today on the Web by the National Security Archive at George Washington University. CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden announced today that the Agency is declassifying the full 693-page file amassed on CIA's illegal activities by order of then-CIA director James Schlesinger in 1973--the so-called "family jewels." Only a few dozen heavily-censored pages of this file have previously been declassified, although multiple Freedom of Information...
  • President Bush’s victories receiving little attention

    06/07/2006 7:19:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 65 replies · 2,109+ views
    The Examiner ^ | Jun 7, 2006 | Bill Sammon
    When President Bush nominated Gen. Michael Hayden to run the CIA, the press focused on disapproving Democrats and even some Republicans who were dubious about confirmation. A month later, when the Senate confirmed Hayden by a 78-15 vote, the story was given much less emphasis in the media, which had moved on to other stories critical of the Bush administration. Similarly, when Bush nominated one of his aides, Brett Kavanaugh, to the federal judiciary, the press was filled with reports about Democrats threatening a filibuster because Kavanaugh once worked for special prosecutor Kenneth Starr in the case against President Clinton....
  • Senate confirms Hayden as CIA director

    05/26/2006 6:57:18 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 131 replies · 3,726+ views
    Yahoo, AP ^ | 26 May 2006 | KATHERINE SHRADER
    Senate confirms Hayden as CIA director By KATHERINE SHRADER, Associated Press Writer After hearing assurances he will be independent of the Pentagon, the Senate on Friday easily confirmed Gen. Michael Hayden, a career Air Force man, to head the CIA. Hayden, a four-star general, currently is the top deputy to National Intelligence Director John Negroponte. Hayden, 61, would be the first active-duty or retired military officer to run the spy agency in 25 years. He was approved by a vote of 78-15.
  • Limousines searched during prom (Fredericksburg, VA)

    05/23/2006 1:40:20 AM PDT · by leadpenny · 42 replies · 1,716+ views
    The Free Lance-Star ^ | 22 May 06 | By MELISSA NIX
    DMV agents look inside; Belman driver refuses to allow access, citing clients' privacy. Date published: 5/22/2006 Department of Motor Vehicles staff brought a search tactic reportedly used at Northern Virginian proms a little farther south Saturday night. As limousines pulled up to Colonial Forge High School's junior-senior prom, DMV agents asked to search the vehicles. Most drivers agreed to the searches, except for one. Prom-goers began arriving at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center around 8 p.m. Once limousine drivers dropped off passengers, DMV enforcement agents asked to see chauffeur licenses and to search vehicles for alcohol and drugs. Most...
  • Govenor Dean on General Hayden's Nomination [NSA's domestic spying program disqualifies him....]

    05/19/2006 10:41:03 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 14 replies · 591+ views
    Govenor Dean on General Hayden's Nomination Governor Dean sent the following message to Democrats across the country today. No on Hayden. Add your voice now! As the director of the National Security Agency, Michael Hayden oversaw the creation of the massive domestic spying program revealed last week. Now George Bush wants him to run the CIA. After yesterday's hearings, it's obvious that Hayden's involvement in the NSA's domestic spying program disqualifies him from heading the CIA. His answers to questions from Congress and from the press have been evasive at best and downright false at worst. The Bush administration's chronic...
  • C-SPAN2 Replaying Hayden Confirmation Hearing Now (I searched but couldn't find)

    05/18/2006 8:03:58 PM PDT · by easonc52 · 9 replies · 299+ views
    C-SPAN2 | 5/18/06 | easonc52
    C-SPAN2, at least here in Salt Lake City, UT, is replaying the General Hayden confirmation to head the CIA now. Being deskbound during the day, I wasn't able to follow the actual interrogations, and was wondering if anyone else was watching tonight.
  • LIVE Thread: General Hayden's Confirmation Hearing

    05/18/2006 6:06:18 AM PDT · by Peach · 857 replies · 18,770+ views
    Freeper input | May 18, 2006
  • CIA nominee Hayden to face senators

    05/18/2006 2:40:53 AM PDT · by YaYa123 · 19 replies · 294+ views
    CNN ^ | May 18, 2006 | Pam Benson and Cheryl Bronson, CNN
    Discussion of a classified government wiretap program is expected to dominate Thursday's confirmation hearing for Gen. Michael Hayden, tapped by the White House to be the next CIA chief. Ahead of the hearing, details of the National Security Agency's wiretap program were given for the first time to the intelligence committees of both the House and Senate on Wednesday. Previously only a handful of senior senators and congressmen were told about the domestic spying operation authorized by the president, which is run outside the court system. The wiretapping will be a "central" topic of discussions on whether to approve Hayden...
  • Bush agrees to full NSA oversight by Congress

    05/17/2006 7:06:00 PM PDT · by voletti · 30 replies · 688+ views
    Daily Times Pakistan ^ | 5/18/06 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON: The White House, in an abrupt reversal, will allow the full Senate and House of Representatives intelligence committees to review President George W. Bush’s domestic spying programme, congressional officials said on Tuesday. Two days before the programme was expected to dominate Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden’s Senate confirmation hearing as CIA director, the Republican chairmen of the Senate and House panels said separately that Bush had agreed to allow full committee oversight of his Terrorist Surveillance Programme. The programme, which allows the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on the international phone calls and e-mails of US citizens without first...
  • 'Uppity military' slapped around in CIA uproar(agency culture of whining, second-guessing,leaking)

    05/16/2006 3:16:35 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 9 replies · 643+ views
    Express-News ^ | 05/14/2006 | Kenneth Allard
    If you thought about it for more than five seconds, it was enough to make you scream. Here was Gen. Michael Hayden, either brave enough or naïve enough to take on the thankless job of heading the CIA, and every newspaper in the country was carrying headlines wondering if a military man should be heading the agency. The question of military subordination to civilian authority is a perennial issue — and one that I personally wrestled with 20 years ago, playing a modest role in crafting the Goldwater-Nichols Act that reformed the Pentagon command structure. But the Hayden controversy wasn't...
  • Rumsfeld Cites Intelligence Challenges in Light of Hayden Nomination

    05/12/2006 3:31:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 298+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | May 11, 2006 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, May 11, 2006 – The intelligence community has a far more complicated job now, during the global war on terror, than ever before, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday on the "Brian and the Judge Show" on Fox News Radio. Rumsfeld told interviewers Brian Kilmeade and Andrew Napolitano that threats faced in the 21st century pose tremendous challenges for intelligence professionals. Gone are the days when the United States faced a superpower enemy and tracked big armies, navies and air forces around the world. "We're worried about non-state actors getting their hands on & increasingly lethal weapons (and)...
  • The General Is a Spook: Get Over It

    05/12/2006 4:36:30 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 4 replies · 407+ views ^ |
    Political America – red and blue – is puzzling. Devoid of logic, consistency and originality, politicians daily run so fast to be interviewed by the media that what they say seems like nothing more than bees buzzing around the hive, absent the public benefit of honey production. Were it not for the daily talking points provided by the Bureau of Talking Points, think how stupid most politicians would really sound. Be that as it may, Nancy Pelosi does represent the home of the Twinkie Defense and sour bread, so there! Several weeks ago, liberal politicians and the liberal media swooned...
  • The Hayden Maneuver (the trial--I mean, confirmation hearing--will be loud and ugly)

    05/12/2006 5:07:41 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 17 replies · 449+ views
    chronwatch ^ | Friday, May 12, 2006 | Joe Mariani
    It’s time for another grueling confirmation battle in Washington, and during an election year you can be sure that no stone will be left unturned into a soapbox. Whether politicians come out for or against General Michael Hayden as new head of the CIA, the only thing we can be sure of is that the trial--I mean, confirmation hearing--will be loud and ugly. The resignation of Porter Goss seemed like a surprise to many at the time, but not in hindsight. He was appointed to head the CIA in the wake of three spectacular foreign intelligence failures. The CIA failed...
  • NSA phone records story excites Washington(Trying to take down Michael Hayden)

    05/11/2006 12:30:13 PM PDT · by demlosers · 266 replies · 4,754+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11 May 2006 | Frank James at 1:10 pm CDT
    Washington is agog today with the disclosure that appeared in USA Today that Verizon, AT&T and Bell South have been providing domestic phone call information to the National Security Agency on millions of residential and business phone calls made by Americans. It’s all part of the spy agency’s quest to create a huge database of caller information it could data mine in order to find patterns that might reveal terrorist communications. But it has raised enormous privacy concerns in the minds of many. The USA Today report, coming after last year’s disclosure in the New York Times of the NSA’s...
  • Congress Demands Phone Records Answers

    05/11/2006 1:46:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 103 replies · 2,032+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/11/06 | Laurie Kellman and Donna Cassata - ap
    WASHINGTON - Congressional Republicans and Democrats demanded answers from the Bush administration Thursday about a government spy agency secretly collecting records of ordinary Americans' phone calls to build a database of every call made within the country. Facing intense criticism from Congress, President Bush did not confirm the work of the National Security Agency but sought to assure Americans that their privacy is being "fiercely protected." "We're not mining or trolling through the personal lives of millions of innocent Americans," Bush said before leaving for a commencement address in Mississippi. The disclosure, reported in USA Today, could complicate Bush's bid...
  • Hayden may favor eavesdropping law changes: Durbin

    05/10/2006 2:03:48 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 15 replies · 472+ views
    Hayden may favor eavesdropping law changes: Durbin By David Morgan and Andy Sullivan 14 minutes ago Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, President George W. Bush's nominee for CIA director and architect of his domestic spying program, appears to favor changes in federal law that would allow judicial oversight of the program, a Democratic lawmaker and his staff said on Wednesday. Sen. Richard Durbin (news, bio, voting record), the Illinois Democrat, said Hayden told him in a private meeting he was concerned when he set up the highly secretive program that approaching Congress could reveal tactics, techniques and procedures used by...
  • Rumsfeld, Giambastiani Support Hayden Nomination to CIA

    05/09/2006 6:30:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 220+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 9, 2006 – The defense secretary and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today they endorse President Bush's nomination of Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden as CIA director. Bush nominated Hayden to the post yesterday to replace Peter Goss. "In my view, Mike Hayden is a true professional, and he'll do an excellent job for the country," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in response to a reporter's question at today's Pentagon news briefing. "I've known him for about 17 years, and he is just a superb officer who is a tremendous professional," agreed Navy Adm....
  • Val for DCI

    05/08/2006 8:15:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 620+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 5/8/2006 | Jed Babbin
    Valerie Plame should be the next Director of Central Intelligence, not Gen. Mike Hayden. Now that the CIA's Praetorian Guard has -- with the connivance of National Intelligence Director John Negroponte -- rid itself of Porter Goss, the CIA is confidently preparing to march back into the intelligence dark ages that preceded 9/11. Gen. Hayden -- former head of the National Intelligence Agency and most famous for his strong defense of the NSA terrorist surveillance program -- is slated to be nominated for the DCI post today. Hayden, now Negroponte's deputy and choice for DCI, will face tough questioning in...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 5.8.06

    05/08/2006 5:31:05 PM PDT · by snugs · 170 replies · 2,642+ views
    The President spent the weekend in Washington, on Saturday he Delivered the Commencement Address at Oklahoma State University and later in the day attended a family wedding in Washington. On Sunday as is his practise when in Washington he attended St John's, the first lady travelled to Costa Rica to attend today's swearing in of Costa Rica's President-elect Oscar Arias. The Vice President concluded his Eastern European trip over the weekend concluding it in Croatia. Today the President announced General Michael Hayden as his nominee to head the CIA The President also made a statement about the humanitarian disaster in...
  • President Nominates Air Force General as Next CIA Director

    05/08/2006 6:36:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 298+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, May 8, 2006 – President Bush today announced Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden as his choice to replace Porter Goss as next director of the Central Intelligence Agency. "Mike knows our intelligence community from the ground up," Bush said from the Oval Office today. "He's been both a provider and consumer of intelligence." Hayden currently serves as the deputy to Director of National Intelligence John D. Negroponte. Before that, he directed the National Security Agency. Bush said throughout his military career, Hayden has demonstrated an ability to adapt U.S. intelligence services to the new challenges of the war on...
  • Quotes: Reaction to CIA Announcement

    05/08/2006 11:21:46 AM PDT · by 300magnum · 28 replies · 707+ views
    Associated Press ^ | By The Associated Press
    Statements in response to President Bush's nomination of Gen. Michael Hayden to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency: ___ "Mike knows our intelligence community from the ground up. He has been both a provider and a consumer of intelligence. He's overseen the development of both human and technological intelligence. He has demonstrated an ability to adapt our intelligence services to the new challenges in the war on terror. He's the right man to lead the CIA at this critical moment in our nation's history." — President Bush. ___ "In the confirmation process, I look forward to meeting with the...
  • White House Set to Name Hayden for CIA Job

    05/08/2006 4:35:00 AM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 124 replies · 3,634+ views
    ap/forbes ^ | May 8, 2008 | Nedra Pickler
    WASHINGTON - Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden will be named on Monday as the next chief of the CIA, officials said, as the White House began battling back against criticism that a military officer would lead the civilian spy agency. Recognizing concerns about military leadership of the CIA, a civilian agency, the White House plans to move aside the agency's No. 2 official, Vice Admiral Albert Calland III, who took over as deputy director less than a year ago. Other personnel changes also are likely, a senior administration official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the changes are not...
  • Kerry "troubled" by Hayden CIA nomination [has "serious reservations" about President Bush's....]

    05/08/2006 10:35:42 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 67 replies · 1,624+ views
    Kerry "troubled" by Hayden CIA nomination May 8, 2006 NASHUA, N.H. --Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry says he's troubled and has "serious reservations" about President Bush's nomination of General Michael Hayden to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Kerry says his concerns stem from Hayden's involvement in the Bush administration's domestic surveillance program, which Hayden used to oversee as the former head of the National Security Agency. Kerry made the comments to reporters after speaking at a convention of New Hampshire's professional fire fighters association in Nashua. Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden also is scheduled to speak at the convention. Biden...
  • HAYDEN's CODE [Hayden's Background for the CIA Job]

    05/08/2006 7:42:58 AM PDT · by Grendel9 · 29 replies · 901+ views
    A few days after 9/11, Lt. Gen. Michael Hayden called three dozen of the National Security Agency's top military officers and civilian executives to his office atop one of the intelligence organization's twin glass towers at Fort Meade, Md. In an August interview with Government Executive, he recalled telling assembled NSA leaders not to worry about finding seats; the meeting would be brief. "We have set ourselves on a course to do certain things," Hayden said, referring to reforms he instituted since becoming NSA director in March 1999. "We are now at war and the nation has been attacked. Is...
  • Probable CIA pick draws fire

    05/08/2006 4:47:57 AM PDT · by NorthEasterner · 9 replies · 672+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | May 8, 2006 | Tribune-Review
    Probable CIA pick draws fire By staff and wire reports Monday, May 8, 2006 WASHINGTON -- Even before President Bush has named his choice to take over the CIA, the Air Force general who is the front-runner drew fire Sunday from lawmakers in the president's own party who say a military man should not lead the civilian spy agency. The criticism of the expected choice of Gen. Michael Hayden to head the CIA came from some influential Republicans in Congress as well as from Democrats.
  • Key Republicans Wary on CIA Front-Runner

    05/07/2006 3:37:44 PM PDT · by LouAvul · 62 replies · 1,122+ views
    ap/yahoo ^ | 5/7/6 | nedra pickler
    WASHINGTON - Even before President Bush has named his choice to take over the CIA, the Air Force general who is the front-runner drew fire Sunday from lawmakers in his own party who say a military man should not lead the civilian spy agency. The criticism of the expected choice of Gen. Michael Hayden to head the CIA came from some influential Republicans in Congress as well as from Democrats. "I do believe he's the wrong person, the wrong place, at the wrong time," said House Intelligence Committee Chairman Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich. "We should not have a military person leading...
  • Gen. Hayden seen as likely successor at CIA

    05/07/2006 12:28:06 PM PDT · by summer · 61 replies · 913+ views ^ | May 7, 2006 | Peter Baker and Dafna Linzer
    WASHINGTON - The nomination of Gen. Michael V. Hayden to take over the CIA would trigger a fresh battle over the secret warrantless surveillance program he oversaw on behalf of President Bush, a debate that could help shape the contours of the fall midterm congressional elections, officials in both parties said yesterday. Barring a change of heart, aides expect Bush to name Hayden tomorrow as his choice to succeed CIA director Porter J. Goss, who resigned under pressure Friday. Hayden, a former director of the National Security Agency and now deputy director of national intelligence, has become the most forceful...
  • Republican sees problems with likely Bush CIA pick (Rep. Pete Hoekstra, MI)

    05/07/2006 9:19:39 AM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 21 replies · 1,214+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 7, 2006 | None attributed
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The general considered the Bush administration's likely choice to become CIA director would be the "wrong person at the wrong place at the wrong time," the Republican head of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said on Sunday. Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency, has been widely cited in the media as the President George W. Bush's expected pick to lead the CIA following the ouster of CIA director Porter Goss. "We should not have a military person leading a civilian agency at this time," Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Michigan, told "Fox...
  • House Intel Panel Chief Opposes Hayden

    05/07/2006 8:10:30 AM PDT · by tomnbeverly · 23 replies · 776+ views ^ | May 7, 10:12 AM (ET) | By NEDRA PICKLER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A leading Republican came out against the front-runner for CIA director, Gen. Michael Hayden, saying Sunday the spy agency should not have military leadership during a turbulent time among intelligence agencies. Members of the Senate committee that would consider President Bush's nominee also expressed reservations, saying the CIA is a civilian agency and putting Hayden atop it would concentrate too much power in the military for intelligence matters. Bush was expected to nominate a new director as early as Monday to replace Porter Goss, who abruptly resigned on Friday. But opposition to Hayden because of his military...