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Bush: Names Gen. Michael Hayden to lead CIA. Durbin says pick ``troubling.'' Should a military man head the CIA?


President Bush just nominated Gen. Michael Hayden to direct the Central Intelligence Agency.
Hayden, a deputy director of national intelligence, has more than 20 years of intel experience--human and electronic spying.
With Hayden, the CIA `has a strong leader who will support them,'' Bush said. Someone who will ``enforce secrecy and accountability'' crucial to the American people.
UPDATE 1 From the left of center People for the American Way...concerned about Hayden's connections to Bush's domestic spying program.....
UPDATE 2 From Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) below

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle may raise questions about having a military, rather than a civilian CIA chief.

Durbin Reacts to Nomination of General Hayden to Lead CIA

[Chicago, IL] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today issued
the following statement after the President nominated General Michael
Hayden to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency:

"At a time when our nation's intelligence is in dire need of
reform, the President's pick of General Michael Hayden to head the
Central Intelligence Agency is troubling. Many Republicans and
Democrats believe he is the wrong choice, at the wrong time."

"Good soldiers are trained to follow their orders, and General
Hayden is a good soldier. But the CIA Director is often called on to
follow the evidence and to challenge the assumptions of his superiors. I
am concerned that General Hayden may not be able to provide the
President with the independent voice he needs at the CIA."

----------------------- Headers --------------------------------


Hayden Nomination Raises Serious Concerns

As NSA director, Hayden implemented illegal spying program

People For the American Way President Ralph G. Neas issued the following statement today in response to President Bush’s nomination of Michael V. Hayden to head the Central Intelligence Agency:

“During his time as director of the National Security Agency, Michael V. Hayden implemented an illegal domestic spying program in clear violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

“Unfortunately, Bush administration officials who have been called before Congress to testify about the program have refused to say almost anything about its size or scope. What the Bush administration has made plain is that it believes the executive branch of government is not obligated to follow laws that protect Americans’ civil liberties. That is unacceptable.

“Lt. General Hayden has now been selected as President Bush’s nominee to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency. During his confirmation hearing, senators should demand answers and accountability. The Senate must not confirm anyone to this important post who would break the law to spy on American citizens.��?



Should a military man head the CIA?

Why not?

Placing members of the military in charge of the national spy network worked so well in the Soviet Union, the People's Republic of China, Pinochette's Chile, Cuba, Syria and North Korea.

What could possibly go wrong?

A military man at CIA is fine.But this guy is just a yes man for the White House.He is the one who let the wiretaps happen.We still do not have the anwsers of who he was hearing.I do not beleave Bush anymore.Fool me once well you all know the rest.

In the current environment where the President does not feel the need to follow any law, the last thing the U.S. needs is a military man leading the CIA.

The Bush Administration's consistent and insistent penchant for making abominable decisions is its only tool for bringing left and right together.

The Bushies have now put military personel in charge every major branch of the clandestine services. They're just lining their ducks in a row to claim Martial Law so they never have to face the repercutions of their illegal, immoral and plain incompetent administration.

Leave it to Bush to do something out of the ordinary and expect it to work. He seems qualified but, as so many have observed this administration mostly just plays musical chairs.

The coup is nearly complete.
They've got the judiciary
They ignore the legislature
They control the military
They've destroyed the clandestine services
They're already spying on us
They can imprison us without charges or rights
They have private security firms roaming the world without impunity
They've dumbed down the educational system
They stole the press
They're working on controlling the internet
They've got everyone scared about brd flu
They've sunk the middle class into so much debt they'll never get out
They control oil

Did I miss anything?

Looks like Bush is putting the fox in charge of the chicken coop!
The CIA head should be a civilian.
Can the Bush Administration even walk and chew gum at the same time?!? Every decision or
appointment seems to be a train wreck.
Gore in 2008!

Looks like Bush is putting the fox in charge of the chicken coop!
The CIA head should be a civilian.
Can the Bush Administration even walk and chew gum at the same time?!? Every decision or
appointment seems to be a train wreck.
Gore in 2008!

Please wake up to the fact that martial law is check mate for the illuminati...

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