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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:43 AM
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Will Obama Keep the General Who Wears His Uniform to His CIA Job?
Edited on Mon Dec-08-08 10:44 AM by bigtree
from USNews: http://www.usnews.com/blogs/washington-whispers/2008/12...



President-Elect Obama May Keep Mike Hayden as Director of the CIA

As President-elect Barack Obama continues to build his national security staff, now focused on intelligence, it is possible that he might ask CIA Director Mike Hayden to stay on for a while, intelligence sources say. Much of the speculation about the CIA job has been that Obama wants a change, in part because he disagreed with the CIA's detention policies. But officials are pushing back a little on that issue, suggesting that Hayden has been carrying out the policies backed by Congress and the president before he arrived at Langley, not freelancing on his own. "It's unfair to blame Hayden for things that occurred long before he took the job. But he deserves credit for standing up for the folks over there at CIA, even though a lot of the stuff he has dealt with didn't happen on his watch," said an intelligence official. "Administration policy and American law shape what the CIA does. If the president says he doesn't want something done, that's it. These are his programs," added the official.

What's more, intelligence officials say that the program has changed and that, for example, waterboardingofficially used on three detaineesended three years before Hayden came aboard. Does he want to stay on? Officials won't be so blunt, but they do suggest Hayden would like continue working with his people. "If he were asked to stay on at CIA, that's something he would consider at the time. Mike likes the work, he has a high regard for the people over there, and he cares passionately about the mission. Those are the factors that he would consider," said an official. Publicly, spokesman Mark Mansfield told Whispers today: "As Director Hayden has said, with every transition comes all sorts of speculation about personnel changes across government. He has tried to ignore it. He understands that he serves at the pleasure of the president, and he is focused on running the CIA."


from ThinkProgress: http://thinkprogress.org/2008/12/08/hayden-record /

The Hayden Record: Condoning Torture, Destroying Evidence, Misleading Congress

U.S. News is speculating that President-elect Barack Obama might ask CIA Director Mike Hayden to stay on for a while. CIA officials are advocating on his behalf: http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/20...

Its unfair to blame Hayden for things that occurred long before he took the job. But he deserves credit for standing up for the folks over there at CIA, even though a lot of the stuff he has dealt with didnt happen on his watch, said an intelligence official.

Former CIA analyst John Brennan was compelled to withdraw his name from consideration, after a number of bloggers, led by Glenn Greenwald, raised concerns that he had supported Bushs interrogation policies. Hayden did one better than Brennan he carried them out, defended them, and in some cases, lied about them.

On waterboarding, Hayden acknowledged to Congress that it is not certain that that technique would be considered to be lawful under current statute. And yet, he has refused to label the technique torture, dismissing it as an uninteresting legal term: http://thinkprogress.org/2008/03/31/hayden-waterboardin... /

Well, first of all, were not talking about torture, all right? I mean, torture is a legal term. Now, there are some things that are illegal that are not, that are not torture. And so we cloud the debate when, when we throw the word torture out there, I think, in a far too casual way.

In 2004, CIA Inspector General John L. Helgerson issued a report warning that some C.I.A.-approved interrogation procedures appeared to constitute cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, as defined by the international Convention Against Torture. In October 2007, Hayden ordered an unusual internal inquiry into Helgersons office, focusing on complaints that Helgerson was on a crusade against those who have participated in controversial detention programs.

When it was revealed that the CIA had destroyed tapes showing interrogations taking place, Hayden claimed that it was done to protect the identities of CIA interrogators. Youd have to burn every document at the CIA that has the identity of an agent on it under that theory, said Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) of Haydens excuse. Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) called the incident a mockery of the rule of law. Most disturbingly, Hayden claimed that videotaping of interrogations had stopped in 2002, even though evidence later came out suggesting that taping had continued.

Before arriving at the CIA, Hayden was director of the National Security Agency. In that position, he misled Congress about Bushs warrantless wiretapping program. He told a committee investigating the 9/11 attacks that any surveillance of persons in the United States was done consistent with FISA. Of course, at the time, Hayden was operating an illegal spying program . . .




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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:43 AM
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1. god, I hope not.
He cannot be trusted. Not one iota.
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TwilightGardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:44 AM
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2. Oh, for God's sake. Keeping Gates is one thing, but this is too much.
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Idealism Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:51 AM
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3. Washington Whispers shouldn't be akin to reality
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Jennicut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:53 AM
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4. Obama won't keep him, I think he realizes the CIA needs a major overhaul
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tuckessee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:55 AM
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5. Of course he will.
Or he'll appoint another uniform to replace him.

Maybe we ask should Z-Big. After all, he's Obama's senior advisor so he'll actually be doing the "deciding".

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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 12:39 PM
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6. This is the guy that flubbed the Bill of Rights question, right?
I forget which one, but I'm pretty sure it was related to that (ongoing) warrantless spying thing...
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SemiCharmedQuark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 12:43 PM
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7. According to the article, the only ones backing him are the intelligence officials
Obama hasn't expressed interest in keeping him on at all. At this point this has as much substance as Karl Rove saying "Bush was a great president, Obama should hire him" and "whispers" reporting "Obama may hire Bush for post!"

:shrug:
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 01:27 PM
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8. It's a question which should be met with a strong NO
. . . which I haven't heard from the Obama camp in the week or so this has been floating.
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