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Richard Flacks on Tom Hayden

For 50 years, Tom Hayden has been an indefatigable organizer on behalf of the disenfranchised, and now, with the publication of his “Writings for a Democratic Society,” we have a chance to trace the arc of activism of an American original who continues to make history.

Posted on Jun 12, 2008 READ MORE


Michael Hayden
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Al-Qaida Analysis: Election Year Edition

Only a year after his agency warned of a resurgence of al-Qaida in the Arab world, CIA Director Michael Hayden remarked on Friday that U.S. “counter-terrorism work” has led to the strategic defeat of al-Qaida in Iraq and Saudi Arabia and significant setbacks for al-Qaida globally.

Posted on May 30, 2008 READ MORE


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Tom Hayden Strikes Back

Chris Hedges is wrong. The left hasn’t lost its nerve, it has found a voice capable of rallying millions. Progressives shouldn’t turn their noses up at that kind of movement just because it isn’t perfect.

Posted on Apr 30, 2008 READ MORE


Tortured Semantics

The campaign for the White House is great fun, but it can also be a distraction. While the leading contenders to replace Bush continue to duke it out, the president and his lieutenants are still trying to justify torture in the name of protecting this once great democracy.

Posted on Feb 8, 2008 READ MORE


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CIA: Waterboarding Possibly Illegal

CIA Director Michael Hayden told lawmakers Thursday that waterboarding is a useful technique but might not be “lawful under current statute.” Hayden said his agency used waterboarding because of “misshaped and misformed” direction from Washington.

Posted on Feb 7, 2008 READ MORE


Congress Summons CIA Director

CIA Director General Michael Hayden has been summoned by Congress and will appear Tuesday and Wednesday before the Senate and House Intelligence committees to answer questions about the destruction of secret CIA videotapes that documented the abuse of detainees. The White House counsel, meanwhile, has ordered press secretary Dana Perino to keep quiet on the matter.

Posted on Dec 10, 2007 READ MORE


Justice to Investigate Destruction of CIA Tapes

The Justice Department and the CIA inspector general have launched a joint inquiry into the agency’s destruction of video recordings of so-called harsh interrogation techniques. Color us skeptical, since Attorney General Michael Mukasey couldn’t be bothered to take a position on torture—or harsh interrogation techniques, if that’s the term you want to use—during his confirmation.

Posted on Dec 9, 2007 READ MORE


Ted Kennedy
washingtonpost.com

Capitol Hill Dems Push for CIA Tape Inquiry

A day after The New York Times released its explosive report that at least two videotapes showing CIA agents using severe interrogation tactics (that most nefarious of euphemisms) on terror suspects, congressional Democrats are registering their extreme displeasure and calling for an official investigation into what Sen. Edward Kennedy slammed as a “cover-up.”

Posted on Dec 7, 2007 READ MORE


9/11 Commission
AP photo / J. Scott Applewhite

CIA Withheld and Destroyed ‘Severe Interrogation’ Tapes

The New York Times has discovered that the CIA destroyed “at least two videotapes” showing agents using severe interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects. Those interrogations were part of the evidence in the official 9/11 investigation, yet the CIA never told the 9/11 Commission of the existence of the tapes or transcripts. The agency cited a “serious security risk” for destroying the evidence.

Posted on Dec 6, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Cronies Defend Torture

CIA Chief Michael Hayden has issued a passionate defense of extraordinary rendition, claiming that the practice, which so often involves abduction and torture, is justified by the “irreplaceable” intelligence it produces. Meanwhile, President Bush’s preferred successor to loyal henchman Alberto Gonzales refuses to call torture by its name, though he claims to find it “repugnant.”

Posted on Oct 31, 2007 READ MORE


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The CIA Flashes Its ‘Family Jewels’

On Tuesday, CIA Director Michael V. Hayden made good on his pledge to declassify nearly 700 pages of documents about some of the agency’s dirtiest laundry from the past—its “family jewels”—including details about assassination plots, wiretapping and other alarming activities.

Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Turns CIA Loose on Chavez

CIA Director Gen. Michael V. Hayden told the House Intelligence Committee that President Bush has ordered him to “pay more attention” to Hugo Chavez. According to former intelligence czar John Negroponte, U.S. intelligence already pays a great deal of attention to Chavez, leaving one to wonder exactly what kind of action has been authorized, particularly for an agency with a long history of meddling in Latin America.

Posted on Jan 21, 2007 READ MORE


Ricardo Alarcon
AP / Jorge Rey

A Top Cuban Leader Thinks Out Loud

Veteran social activist Tom Hayden interviews Cuban National Assembly President Ricardo Alarcon.

Posted on Aug 29, 2006 READ MORE


Tom Hayden: Things Come ‘Round in Mideast

The veteran social activist, drawing upon his own rude political awakening to the realities of Israeli and Middle East politics during the 1980s, warns that the Israel lobby in the U.S. aims to ?roll back the clock? and ?change the map? of the region and that its neoconservative supporters will probably try to use the current Middle East crisis to ignite a larger war against Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria and Iran.

Posted on Jul 18, 2006 READ MORE


Hayden, Gonzales and Cheney

Were Cheney, Gonzales and Hayden Lying About Wiretap Capabilities?

If Bloomberg News is correct in its June 30 report that the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping program started up to seven months before the Sept. 11 attacks, then why did the vice president, the attorney general and the new CIA chief say otherwise?

Posted on Jul 5, 2006 READ MORE


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Hayden Confirmed as CIA Director

History will surely boggle at this one: The architect of the NSA’s domestic spying program has been made the head of the CIA. And the vote was 78-15.

Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE


Senate Panel Backs Hayden Confirmation

It’s the blackest of all comedy: The man who engineered the NSA’s domestic wiretapping program appears to be sailing toward confirmation as the nation’s next CIA chief.

Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


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Gen. Michael Hayden

Hayden ‘Wasn’t Comfortable’ Over Iraq Intel? What a Catharsis!

It was the worst intelligence failure since Pearl Harbor, but all we get is a measly “no sir, I wasn’t comfortable” from the would-be CIA chief about the White House’s trumping up of intelligence to sell the Iraq war.
Yeah, that ought to about heal all our nation’s wounds….

Posted on May 18, 2006 READ MORE


Michael Hayden
AP / Gerald Herbert

Hayden: ‘We Just Took Too Much for Granted’ in Iraq

That’s what Gen. Hayden said about the prewar Iraq intelligence failures. But there was no contrition for the domestic wiretapping activities he oversaw at the NSA. In contrast, he strongly defended the programs.
Well, now that he’s taken responsibility, at least we know what we’re in for if he gets confirmed.

Posted on May 18, 2006 READ MORE


Hayden Denounces Media Coverage of CIA Activities

Gen. Michael Hayden bemoaned the “endless picking apart” of CIA operations in the news media during today’s confirmation hearing on his nomination to head the intelligence agency.
If the architect of the NSA domestic wiretapping program gets this promotion, it will be like a Jon Stewart joke gone horribly wrong.

Posted on May 18, 2006 READ MORE


Gen. Michael Hayden
From NSA.gov

Robert Scheer: Hayden—the Spook in Your Phone

UPDATE: Michael V. Hayden, nominated by President Bush to head the CIA, is the man responsible for the most extensive attack ever on the privacy of U.S. citizens.

  • While head of the NSA, he oversaw the program that recorded the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans.
  • Want to take action? Check out StopHayden.org (includes video proof that Hayden is smugly incorrect about the privacy foundation of the Fourth Amendment).

    Posted on May 9, 2006 READ MORE


  • Michael Hayden
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    CIA Nominee Hayden Linked to Bribery Scandal Company

    Gen. Michael Hayden, whom Bush has tapped to lead the CIA, contracted the services of a company at the center of the Cunningham bribery scandal, reports TPM Muckraker.

    Posted on May 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Michael Hayden
    From nsa.gov

    Likely New CIA Director Misled Congress on Wiretapping

    Michael Hayden, who will probably replace outgoing CIA chief Porter Goss, told Congress in 2002 that all domestic surveillance was consistent with the FISA law—knowing full well of Bush’s warrantless eavesdropping program.

  • The Fraud and False Statements statute (18 U.S.C. 1001) makes Hayden?s misleading statements to Congress illegal, according to a Clinton-era national security official.
  • See a Time article on Hayden’s impending appointment.
  • Posted on May 6, 2006 READ MORE


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    Tom Hayden: Who Are You Calling an Immigrant?

    The fundamental issue underlying the attitudes of the May Day protestors is that “either the Mexicans (and other Latinos) are immigrants to a country called the United States or the U.S. is a Machiavellian power that denies occupying one-half of Mexico for 156 years.”

    Posted on May 2, 2006 READ MORE


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    Tom Hayden: Iraq—Beyond the Horizon, the Storm

    The veteran social activist warns that an increasingly mainstream anti-war movement can become unwieldy, and prone to loss of focus: “We no longer are a huddling minority…. We are immersed in the gradual soul-searching currents of the mainstream, where loss of direction is a constant risk.”

    Posted on Apr 25, 2006 READ MORE


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