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Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.04.2016 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week the nation looked on, horrified, as a silverback gorilla threatened a captive who looked unable to escape. I'm talking, of course, about Donald Trump, who is turning out to be every bit as dangerous and unstable as predicted. After he continued to attack the judge in the Trump University lawsuit, the judge unsealed documents showing how staffers were encouraged to prey on the vulnerable. "It was really a fraud," said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, "from beginning to end." And in that way, a true reflection of its namesake. But perhaps it sealed the deal for Speaker Paul Ryan, who, after hesitating, endorsed Trump, showing his principles to be worth as much as a Trump U real estate class. Rising to the occasion were Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, who declined to endorse Trump, and former CIA and NSA chief Michael Hayden, who described Trump's rhetoric as "feeding" ISIS's recruitment videos. And you don't have to be a genius to see Trump for who he is, but it doesn't hurt. He's "a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator," said Stephen Hawking. Nothing theoretical about that.

Former CIA Director: Trump Is Helping ISIS

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 05.30.2016 | Politics

Donald Trump may have vowed to "bomb the shit" out of the Islamic State, but his anti-Muslim rhetoric may actually be helping the terror group, accord...

The Reason America Is Safer Than Europe

Rebecca Costa | Posted 05.17.2016 | Politics
Rebecca Costa

While our allies across the pond struggled with the ramifications of porous borders, many Americans began wondering if the U.S. was any safer than Europe. Could another coordinated attack happen here?

Trump's Kryptonite: Members and Veterans of the Military

Jon Soltz | Posted 03.11.2016 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Michael Hayden, the retired General that Trump says "scares him" because we haven't yet defeated ISIS? Trump was scared of him, alright. Scared enough to do something Donald Trump is loath to ever do -- backtrack.

TONIGHT'S DEBATE: Will Trump Play it Cool or not?

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics
Arnold Steinberg

Has The Establishment played into Trump's (big) hands? The stakes are high in tonight's Republican presidential debate at the University of Miami....

A Nasty Piece of Work: Bill Maher's Politics Are Unreal

Eoin Higgins | Posted 02.29.2016 | Media
Eoin Higgins

Much like evangelical atheist Richard Dawkins, whose views on Islam and the Global South have won him fans across the rising right wing in Europe, Maher is enjoying something of a career renaissance as he garners praise from the American hard right.

Former CIA Head Explains Why Armed Forces Can't Legally Obey Trump

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 02.28.2016 | Politics

Michael Hayden, the former head of the NSA and CIA, thinks some of presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign promises are so unlawful that the U....

Michael Hayden's Flawed Salute to Drones

Bruce Fein | Posted 02.29.2016 | Politics
Bruce Fein

After completing his first inspection tour of Vietnam, then Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara clucked: "Every quantitative measure we have shows w...

Former NSA Director Michael Hayden Weighs In On Obama's Plans To Close Gitmo

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.25.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

Former NSA director and Playing to the Edge author Michael Hayden told HuffPost Live on Tuesday that his chief concern about President Obama's plans t...

Bummer: The CIA Didn't Kill Jesus

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former CIA Director Michael Hayden still isn't pumped about last year's Senate report on the agency's torture program. It's slanted, it'...

Relax, The CIA Didn't Torture People; It Just Tortured People

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a collection of essays set to be released this week, former CIA Director Michael Hayden unabashedly defends the CIA’s post-9/11 tor...

Shocker: The CIA Isn't Sorry For Torture

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than a year after the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to declassify its massive study on the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program ...

Training Wheels: The Fatal Flaw in U.S. Foreign Policy

William Astore | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics
William Astore

You don't win foreign peoples to your side by treating them like so many unskilled and tippy children.  You don't condescend to them by comparing their efforts to children trying to learn to ride a bike for the first time.

Elizabeth Warren 1, Wall Street Clown 0

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics

So, that happened. On this week's podcast, we look back on Elizabeth Warren ripping apart a rip-off artist from Primerica, break down the latest effor...

Former Spy Chief Will Address Big Fruit, Just Like Old Times

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Michael Hayden, former head of the National Security Agency and the CIA, has found a new audience. He's scheduled to open the 2015 Unite...

Jessica Schulberg

No, North Korea Does Not Prove the Iran Deal Is Doomed

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Since the U.S. and five partner countries announced last week that they had reached the framework for a nuclear agreement with Iran, ske...

Paul Blumenthal

Jeb Bush Is Taking Foreign Policy Advice From These Influence Peddlers

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After the attempted Christmas Day underwear bombing of a jetliner in 2009, former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff blanketed...

My Top Ten 'Top Ten Critics List' Critic's List

John K. Herr | Posted 02.26.2015 | Comedy
John K. Herr

It's the end of the year, which means endless end-of-the-year lists, especially for TV shows. And I didn't watch TV this year. Seriously. I cut the cable cord in 2008. Yes, I am superior to you, thanks for asking.

'We Tortured Some Folks,' But 'That's Not Who We Are'

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Allowing CIA career employees or contractors to get away with torturing people free from legal accountability telegraphs to the rest of the world that the United States reserves unto itself the right to commit war crimes.

Defenders Of The CIA's Torture Program Dig In

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

Key figures in the George W. Bush administration and an architect of the CIA's post-9/11 torture program are defending the so-called enhanced interrog...

Sam Stein

Former Wyden Aide Responds To Hayden Taunt: 'Go The F*ck Ahead'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In his aggressive efforts to salvage his reputation in the wake of a Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s use of torture,...

For CIA, Truth About Torture Was an Existential Threat

Dan Froomkin | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Dan Froomkin

For the CIA officials involved in torture, one thing was clear from the very beginning: The only way they would be forgiven for what they did was if they could show it had saved lives. It was the heart of their rationale. It was vital to public acceptance. It was how they would avoid prosecution.

Brian Williams To Former CIA Director: What If Torture Was Done To Your Own Family?

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 12.10.2014 | Media

Brian Williams asked some tough questions of former CIA director Michael Hayden Tuesday night following the release of a 500-page summary detailing th...

Ex-CIA Director: Treatment Of Detainees Would 'Improve' If CIA Was Global Model

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

Former Central Intelligence Agency Director Michael Hayden spoke to NBC's Brian Williams about the release of the Senate report on the CIA's post-9/11...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Bush Officials Step Up To Blast Torture Report Before It's Out

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For Democrats with the Senate Intelligence Committee, releasing a summary of their report on the CIA's post-9/11 enhanced interrogation ...