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Michael Hayden

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 slante...

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 pos...

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 pro...

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 ...

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 Unit...

Jessica Schulberg

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

Former CIA Chief Calls Paris Attack 'High End' Of Terrorism

AP | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former CIA Director Michael Hayden says the deadly attack on a French satirical newspaper demonstrates "the increased sophisticati...

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' | 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...

Former CIA Director: 'I Didn't Lie' About Torture During Bush Administration

AP | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the CIA during President George W. Bush's second term said Wednesday "I didn't lie and I didn't mislead Congress" abou...

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 | 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 ...

Ali Watkins

Former CIA Director Warns Torture Report May Endanger Overseas Personnel | Ali Watkins | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the nation’s intelligence communities brace for the Senate’s explosive report on the CIA’s now-defunct torture program to be ma...

Former NSA Director Says Government Shouldn't Pursue Reporter

AP | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former director of the National Security Agency says he doesn't see the need for the U.S. government to prosecute the New York T...

Snowden Support Swells at Debate on NSA Surveillance

Nicholas Nazar | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Nicholas Nazar

To trust a powerful and secretive intelligence agency may be a hard pill to swallow for anyone. In April, after a five-year investigation, the Senate Intelligence Committee concluded that the CIA misled the government on its secret detention and coercive interrogation program.

The Fear Behind the Sexism in Hayden's Attack on Feinstein

Christine Pelosi | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

The minute I heard former CIA Director Michael Hayden refer to Feinstein as "emotional," I rolled my eyes. This is what men do to dismiss powerful women all over the world. Then I laughed -- because clearly for all his intelligence gathering experience, Michael Hayden sure misread Dianne Feinstein.

Democrats Decry Ex-CIA Director For Calling Feinstein 'Emotional'

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading Democrats sharply criticized a former CIA chief on Monday for suggesting that a disputed torture report produced by Sen. D...

Hayden Says Feinstein Too 'Emotional' To Be Objective On Intelligence Report

The Huffington Post | Emily Swanson | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca.), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, may be too "emotional" to have produced a fair report on the CIA's use of t...

NSA? No Problemo... Until?

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

This level of dangerous blowback is exactly the harm Snowden blew the whistle on! But isn't it also what Senator Obama campaigned he would change, if elected to the presidency, before further damage could occur to our Constitutional rule of law?