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Michael Hayden

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

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 12.12.2014 | 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 12.10.2014 | 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 12.10.2014 | 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

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 ...

Ali Watkins

Former CIA Director Warns Torture Report May Endanger Overseas Personnel

HuffingtonPost.com | 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?

The Spy Who Bugged Me

Keith Thomson | Posted 04.27.2014 | Books
Keith Thomson

The experience gave me the idea for a story: A national security reporter discovers that a subminiature electronic device is implanted in his head. He investigates, propelling him into a life-or-death struggle with the spy who'd bugged him.

Elise Foley

Former NSA Head: Snowden May Be A 'Traitor'

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 12.30.2013 | Politics

Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency, said Sunday that he used to describe leaker Edward Snowden as a "defector," but is no...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

House Intelligence Chair: Iran Deal Could Increase Violence

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) predicted Sunday on CNN that this weekend's nuclear deal with Iran would backfire. "We ...

NSA? TMI!

John Feffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
John Feffer

The basic principle here is: Put someone in a comfortable chair with a cell phone and nothing else to do and they'll just start talking. Even the former head of the NSA will do this! He wasn't threatened with waterboarding.

Friday Talking Points -- Monkey Business

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This may be the quotation of the week, from Representative Frank Pallone, describing the House "Obamacare Is So Very, Very Bad" hearings held this week.

Former NSA Chief Gets An Eavesdropping Lesson

AP | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Former National Security Agency chief Michael V. Hayden learned a lesson about eavesdropping aboard an Amtrak train ...

WATCH: Tom Matzzie Dishes On Details Of Michael Hayden's Private Conversation

HuffPost Live | Posted 10.25.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Tom Matzzie joined HuffPost Live to discuss what really went down on his train ride yesterday seated in front of former NSA Director Michael Hayden. ...

Former NSA Chief Busted Giving Off-The-Record Interview In Public

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

You would think the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and director of the National Security Agency would know a thing or two about di...

Is The Government Lying About How Much Of Your Metadata It's Using?

Dog Park Media | Leighton Woodhouse | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics

On Sunday, former NSA Chief Michael Hayden repeated what has become a familiar Obama administration talking point: While the government may mak...

Bob Schieffer Roasted For Unbalanced NSA Panel

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 10.12.2013 | Media

"Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer drew fire Monday for hosting what critics said was a deeply unbalanced forum on the National Security Agency's su...