House and Senate Intel chairs oppose Hayden


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.


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