Hayden Nomination Raises Serious Concerns

As NSA director, Hayden implemented illegal spying program

People For the American Way President Ralph G. Neas issued the following statement today in response to President Bush’s nomination of Michael V. Hayden to head the Central Intelligence Agency:

“During his time as director of the National Security Agency, Michael V. Hayden implemented an illegal domestic spying program in clear violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

“Unfortunately, Bush administration officials who have been called before Congress to testify about the program have refused to say almost anything about its size or scope. What the Bush administration has made plain is that it believes the executive branch of government is not obligated to follow laws that protect Americans’ civil liberties. That is unacceptable.

“Lt. General Hayden has now been selected as President Bush’s nominee to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency. During his confirmation hearing, senators should demand answers and accountability. The Senate must not confirm anyone to this important post who would break the law to spy on American citizens.”

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