Some U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee members' noses are out of joint that they can't micro-manage the Intel community and its leaders....
Hayden is up for U.S. Senate Advise and Consent to his assuming the post of Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, for he was nominated by President Bush. To assume this post, he would have to vacate his current post---which is the second highest job at Homeland Security. Second only to NID Negroponte.
By now, all should have figured out that since Hayden was approved for both his former job as Director of the NSA and his current job as Assistant National Intelligence Director, he is certainly qualified to be CIA Director---for it is on a lower tier of the classical model organizational hierarchy.
So, it's clear that what's going on here is some leftist Senators' power struggle to get more access to classified Intel information on a regular basis and advance their policy war against the Bush Administration---whatever the cost in operation, methods and lives.
The reason they haven't been getting that information is that they leak like a colossal collander. And, because they have not been getting the information they crave, it has been illegally leaked from within the Intel community to their surrogates, the leftist mainstream media.
The Intel agencies are not supposed to be political. But, the hard-left Senators have been working overtime, along with the mainstream media and illegal leakers, to obtain and use the leaked and compromised Intel in their shadow-government political war.
In his testimony this morning, Hayden expressed concern over placing politics above national security. He also "insisted on Thursday that the Bush administration's warrantless surveillance program was legal and that it was designed to ensnare terrorists---not spy on ordinary people."
Wouldn't it be interesting---and enlightening---to be able to mine the telephone calls between these shadow-government Intel community leakers, politicians, publishers and broadcasters who coordinate talking points and timing for their illegal exposes that damage national security and serve only their own selfish political ideologies and agendas?
Now that's a classified Intel report I myself would personally LUV to see!
I have been watching some of the Hayden hearing---interrupted every two minutes by a commercial or talking head who butts in just as Hayden is making a complex and interesting point. And by a court hearing for Reade Seligmann, Duke University lacrosse player who is accused of raping a black female college student who was hired to dance at Duke's male lacrosse team frat-style party---where the hazing was apparently of the defenseless female. In the form of a sexual assault, allegedly---an assault including a broomstick. Which calls to mind a brutalized gentleman by the name of Abner Louima.
It's hard to see that court hearing to obtain records and information as even registering on the importance scale of a Congressional hearing to approve the Director of the CIA, which is an important part of Homeland Security. But that's my humble opinion and, unfortunately, they didn't ask me.
Unsurprisingly, Hayden's hearing is beginning to assume the flavor and tenor of Judiciary Committee hearings for Bush's two Supreme Court nominees who were pretty bloodied-up by the hard-left Senate politics-of-personal-destruction and war-demogoguery experts before getting approved.
General Hayden is both intellectually and experientially qualified and has experience in both human and technological intelligence-gathering and analyzing. At the end of the day, he will be approved. Which day is an open question.
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"Hayden Insists NSA Surveillance Is Legal"
CIA nominee Gen. Michael Hayden insisted on Thursday that the Bush administration's warrantless surveillance program was legal and that it was designed to ensnare terrorists _ not spy on ordinary people.
"Clearly the privacy of American citizens is a concern constantly," the four-star Air Force general told the Senate Intelligence Committee at his confirmation hearing. "We always balance privacy and security...."