Tag: Michael Hayden

Former NSA director: Charlie Hebdo attack was ‘kind of inevitable’

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The former NSA director general Michael Hayden said the Charlie Hebdo attack was “kind of inevitable” on Tuesday, and compared Islamist extremism to Ebola. “The fact of the matter is there’s a plague and people are going to get Ebola,”

The Apex of CIA Hypocrisy

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Former CIA Director Michael Hayden, a proponent of drone strikes and indefinite detention, complains that he and his colleagues were “never given the chance to mount a defense” of torture. Hayden was fielding questions about the Senate torture report during

CIA Torture Report Coming Soon

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The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is set to publicly release — as early as next week — selected and carefully redacted portions of its 6,300 page report on controversial CIA detention, rendition, and interrogation techniques used after 9/11, several

Ex-CIA Chief Hayden: Line Between Public, Private Self is Shifting

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Social media and electronic communications have forced a shift in the line between public and private self, says former NSA and CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden, and it is making intelligence gathering more difficult. Appearing Sunday on "Face the Nation,"

Ex- CIA Chief: Why We Keep Getting Putin Wrong

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The last time Russian troops invaded one of its neighbors, the U.S. intelligence community was also caught off guard. The year was 2008 and the country was Georgia instead of the Ukraine. And just as in 2014, back then there

The limits of President Obama’s power on NSA reform

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President Barack Obama on Friday will try to put the ongoing surveillance controversy behind him, laying out reforms to U.S. intelligence-gathering activities aimed at reassuring Americans that his administration will right the balance between civil liberties and national security. But

Former NSA whistleblowers plead for chance to brief Obama on agency abuses

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A group of former National Security Agency insiders who went on to become whistleblowers have written a letter to President Barack Obama, requesting a meeting with him to offer “a fuller picture” of the spy agency’s systemic problems. The group

Hayden Sees No End In Sight for the NSA

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When will the NSA’s powers be restrained? According to the agency’s former director Michael Hayden, not any time in the near future. Hayden, who spoke on Thursday at a cybersecurity forum hosted by the National Military Family Association, is famously

Former NSA chief: ‘Morally arrogant’ Snowden will probably become an alcoholic

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Gen. Michael Hayden, a former NSA and CIA chief, shared a lot of opinions during a discussion at a Washington church Sunday, beyond his thoughts on terrorists' love for Gmail and the U.S. government's approach to the Internet. Discussing the

The Cowboy of the NSA

On Aug. 1, 2005, Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander reported for duty as the 16th director of the National Security Agency, the United States' largest intelligence organization. He seemed perfect for the job. Alexander was a decorated Army intelligence officer and

Ex-NSA chief equates hacktivists who defend Snowden to terrorists

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Michael Hayden, the former head of CIA and NSA, hypothesized that a massive hacker attack on the US was possible from "sex-starved" activists like Anonymous in retaliation for any future prosecution of whistleblower Edward Snowden. "If and when our government