Former CIA Chief Hayden Agrees With the Editorial Line and the Feelings of Many LGF Commenters
Do you have any issues with the media reporting of the Snowden leaks?
Gen. Hayden: Yes, our 24/7 constant news networks have really mangled this so story badly that Americans don’t quite understand what it is that their government is or is not doing.
Yes, it’s the media’s fault that the American people don’t quite understand the secret programs that the government failed to reveal, refuse to detail, and actively mislead the public about even now.
He also said
He’s certainly not a hero. The word traitor has a very narrowly defined legal meaning that he may not in the end quite meet. I personally think Snowden is a very troubled, narcissistic young man who has done a very, very bad thing.
I don’t think Snowden spied for the money, and he probably did not spy for the power. He seems to have revealed this information because of his ideological embrace of transparency as a virtue.
It is a little like the Boston bombers. The issue is at what point does Islamic fundamentalism flip-over and become a genuine national security threat? Likewise, at what point does a cultural tendency towards transparency flip-over to become a deep threat inside your system?
They are similar issues.
Every day, the national-security establishment reveals its illiberal radicalism and utter lack of perspective a bit more.
111 Democratic House Members just voted for an Amendment and 23 Democratic Senators signed a letter saying that they think that people like General Hyden and not people like Snowden are “deep threat inside our system”.
General Micheal Hyden - former Director of DNI, NSA and CIA.
In May 2006, USA Today reported that, under Hayden’s leadership, the NSA created a domestic telephone call database. During his nomination hearings, Hayden defended his actions to Senator Russ Feingold and others, stating that he had relied upon legal advice from the White House.
Hayden also championed the Trailblazer Project, a “transformation” project with a large Information Technology component. The project was criticized by several NSA staffers for not including privacy protections for US citizens and for being a waste of money.
On January 23, 2006, General Hayden participated in a news conference. A YouTube video was posted claiming that Michael Hayden erroneously said “probable cause” is not in the 4th Amendment.
George W. Bush announces his nomination of Hayden as the next Director of the CIA as Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte looks on.
Hayden was also a supporter of enhanced interrogation techniques.
Critics of the nomination and Hayden’s attempts to increase domestic surveillance included Senator Dianne Feinstein who stated on May 11, 2006 that “I happen to believe we are on our way to a major constitutional confrontation on Fourth Amendment guarantees of unreasonable search and seizure”