House and Senate Intel chairs oppose Hayden

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The Republican chairs of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees are already raising serious concerns about the president's likely replacement for Porter Goss at the CIA, General Michael Hayden .

It is troubling enough that the executive branch is about to name a general to head the CIA, a civilian agency. It's even more troubling that the president seems prepared to disregard the most senior members of the legislative branch who specialize in intelligence.

Hayden is a former member of the NSA and an architect of Bush's domestic spying program:

White House officials also said they would not shy away from a fight
with Democrats over what Bush has termed a "terrorist surveillance
program," if that becomes the focus of Hayden's hearings. With the
country essentially divided on the effort, which has allowed the NSA to
scan the calls and e-mails of more than 5,000 Americans, the president
has more support on that issue than most others. [WaPo]

I'm looking forward to Hayden's confirmation process. It's going to be all about domestic spying.  Russ Feingold will have another chance to shine.

[x-post at Majikthise]

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