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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.)...click 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."
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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.��?