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Gen. Michael V. Hayden

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December 2014: "As the inspector general was investigating the program, then-CIA Director Michael Hayden ordered an internal inquiry into the inspector general’s office itself. Hayden’s inquiry sparked criticism that he was meddling improperly in the work of what was supposed to be an independent watchdog, a charge the CIA denied."

December 2008: "A guilty plea, however, could shield the Obama administration from what some legal experts view as potentially hazardous proceedings in federal court, where evidence obtained by torture or coercive interrogation would not be admitted. CIA Director Michael V. Hayden has acknowledged that Mohammed was subjected to waterboarding, an interrogation technique in which a prisoner is restrained as water is poured over his mouth, causing a drowning sensation."

May 2008: "U.S. intelligence officials contend that the Al Kibar facility was built with North Korean assistance, to produce plutonium for nuclear weapons. CIA Director Michael V. Hayden said in an interview that the intelligence community's insight into Syria's nuclear ambitions has deepened since the Israeli raid."

February 2008: "The C.I.A. director, Gen. Michael V. Hayden, publicly admitted for the first time two weeks ago that the agency used waterboarding in 2002 and 2003 in the interrogation of three Qaeda suspects but said that the technique was no longer used, and its legality under current law is uncertain. The technique, which has been used since the Spanish Inquisition and has been found illegal in the past by American courts, involves water poured into the nose and mouth to create a feeling of drowning."

February 2008: "Bradbury's testimony was the latest in a series of recent disclosures about the Bush administration's use of waterboarding. CIA Director Michael V. Hayden recently confirmed its use for the first time and said the practice is no longer allowed under CIA rules. One of those subjected to the tactic, he said, was Khalid Sheik Mohammed, who allegedly masterminded the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks."

February 2008: "New controversy about waterboarding has swirled in Washington since CIA Director Michael V. Hayden confirmed Tuesday that the CIA used the tactic on al-Qaeda prisoners Khalid Sheik Mohammed; Zayn al-Abidin Muhammed Hussein, commonly known as Abu Zubaida; and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri at a secret detention site. In congressional testimony, he defended the treatment as necessary to obtain information about potential terrorist attacks."

January 2008: 'Last night, Justice Department spokesman Brian Roehrkasse said in a statement that nothing Mukasey "said suggests that any of those who relied in good faith upon the Department's advice would be subject to criminal investigation." CIA Director Michael V. Hayden has said that the tapes, which recorded the interrogations of two al-Qaeda captives in 2002, were destroyed to protect the identities of the CIA officers involved. But other intelligence sources have said agency officials were also worried the tapes could be used as evidence in criminal or congressional probes.'

January 2008: "The CIA disclosed last month that it had destroyed hundreds of hours of CIA videotape showing coercive interrogation tactics used on two senior al-Qaeda suspects: Zayn al-Abidin Muhammed Hussein, known as Abu Zubaida, and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. CIA Director Michael V. Hayden said the tapes had been destroyed to protect the identities of interrogators, but other CIA officials have said they were destroyed to protect the interrogators from potential prosecution."

December 2007: 'The New York Times informed the intelligence agency on Wednesday evening that it was preparing to publish an article about the destruction of the [Al Qaeda interrogation] tapes. In his statement to employees on Thursday, General Hayden said that the agency had acted “in line with the law” and that he was informing C.I.A. employees “because the press has learned” about the matter.'

October 2007: Last month, in a speech in New York, CIA Director Michael V. Hayden said 'fewer than 100 people' had been detained in the CIA's overseas prison network since the program's inception in early 2002.

October 2007: Gen. Michael V. Hayden, the C.I.A. director, has said in recent speeches that of about 100 Qaeda suspects held since 2002 at the agency’s secret jails, harsh interrogation techniques were used on fewer than one-third. A knowledgeable official said on Tuesday that waterboarding was used on three prisoners, the last time in 2003.

September 2007: Gen. Michael V. Hayden, the C.I.A. director, said in a Sept. 6 affidavit that the information the appeals panel had ordered turned over to detainees’ lawyers “would include information about virtually every weapon in the C.I.A.’s arsenal” and was likely to cause people who were providing information to stop cooperating.

August 2007: The ICRC report, which was given to CIA Director Gen. Michael V. Hayden and has had limited distribution within the administration's highest ranks, details interviews with the 14 detainees and assesses the CIA program. Sources familiar with the document have told The Washington Post that the report shows amazing similarities in terms of how the detainees were treated even though they were kept isolated from one another.

May 2006: Caroline Fredrickson, Washington legislative director for the American Civil Liberties Union, said the administration has purposely misled Congress and the public about the scope and character of the NSA's domestic intelligence activities. She pointed to comments in January by Air Force Gen. Michael V. Hayden, Bush's nominee for CIA director, who said the NSA program 'is not a driftnet' over U.S. communities.

January 2006: On Oct. 1, 2001, three weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Gen. Michael V. Hayden, who was running the National Security Agency at the time, told the House intelligence committee that the agency was broadening its surveillance authorities, according to a newly released letter sent to him that month by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.). Pelosi, the ranking Democrat on the committee, raised concerns in the letter, which was declassified with several redactions and made public yesterday by her staff.

December 2005: Air Force Gen. Michael V. Hayden, who was NSA director when the surveillance began and now serves as Bush's deputy director of national intelligence, said the secret- court process was intended for long-term surveillance of agents of an enemy power, not the current hunt for elusive terrorist cells.

December 2005: "high-ranking intelligence official with firsthand knowledge said in an interview yesterday that Vice President Cheney, then-Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet and Michael V. Hayden, then a lieutenant general and director of the National Security Agency, briefed four key members of Congress about the NSA's new domestic surveillance on Oct. 25, 2001,"


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Organization Dec 9, 2008
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) National Security Agency (NSA) Organization Dec 18, 2005
Organization Executive (past or present) US Air Force (USAF) Organization Dec 18, 2005

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Dec 30, 2014 Intelligence, defense whistleblowers remain mired in broken system

QUOTE: Since 9/11, defense and intelligence whistleblowers such as Greenstein have served as America’s conscience in the war on terrorism. Their assertions go to the heart of government waste, misconduct and overreach: defective military equipment, prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib, surveillance of Americans. Yet the legal system that was set up to protect these employees has repeatedly failed those with the highest-profile claims. Many of them say they aren’t thanked but instead are punished for speaking out. More than 8,700 defense and intelligence employees and contractors have filed retaliation claims with the Pentagon inspector general since the 9/11 attacks, with the number increasing virtually every year...

McClatchy DC
Apr 24, 2011 Are drones a technological tipping point in warfare?

QUOTE: The British study noted that drones are becoming increasingly automated. With minor technical advances, it said, a drone could soon be able to “fire a weapon based solely on its own sensors, or shared information, and without recourse to higher, human authority.”

Washington Post
Jan 31, 2010 Obama admnistration takes several wrong paths in dealing with terrorism

QUOTE: Some may celebrate that the current Justice Department's perspective on the war on terrorism has become markedly more dominant in the past year. We should probably understand the implications of that before we break out the champagne. That apparently no one recommended on Christmas Day that Abdulmutallab be handled, at least for a time, as an enemy combatant should be concerning.

Washington Post
Nov 05, 2009 Who's in Big Brother's Database?

QUOTE: these new centers in Utah, Texas, and possibly elsewhere will likely become the centralized repositories for the data intercepted by the NSA in America's version of the "big brother database" rejected by the British.

New York Review of Books (NYRB)
Aug 22, 2009 Reports Revive Debate on Contractor Use: Lawmakers, Critics Warn That Military, CIA May Rely Too Much on Private Firms

QUOTE: The disclosure that the CIA once hired Blackwater USA for elements of an assassination program has brought back into focus the wide range of intelligence and military activities that are being contracted out to private firms.

Washington Post
Jul 10, 2009 Bush’s Secret NSA Spying May Have Tainted Prosecutions, Report Warns (Threat Level Privacy, Crime and Security Online)

QUOTE: The Justice Department needs to investigate whether the secretiveness of Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program tainted terrorism prosecutions by hiding exculpatory evidence from defendants, an oversight report from five inspectors general warned Friday.

Apr 20, 2009 Lawmaker Is Said to Have Agreed to Aid Lobbyists

QUOTE: [Representative Jane Harman of California was] overheard on telephone calls intercepted by the National Security Agency agreeing to seek lenient treatment from the Bush administration for two pro-Israel lobbyists who were under investigation...

New York Times
Dec 09, 2008 Five 9/11 Suspects Offer to Confess:But Proposal Is Pulled Over Death Penalty Issue

QUOTE: Five of the men accused of planning the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks said Monday that they wanted to plead guilty to murder and war crimes but withdrew the offer when a military judge raised questions about whether it would prevent them from fulfilling their desire to receive the death penalty.

Washington Post
May 28, 2008 Search Is Urged for Syrian Nuclear Sites

QUOTE: The Bush administration is pressing U.N. inspectors to broaden their search for possible secret nuclear facilities in Syria, hinting that Damascus's nuclear program might be bigger than the single alleged reactor destroyed by Israeli warplanes last year.

Washington Post
Feb 23, 2008 Waterboarding Is Focus of Justice Dept. Inquiry

QUOTE: The Justice Department['s] internal ethics office was investigating the department’s legal approval for waterboarding of Qaeda suspects by the Central Intelligence Agency and was likely to make public an unclassified version of its report.

New York Times
Feb 23, 2008 Justice Probes Authors Of Waterboarding Memos

QUOTE: An internal watchdog office at the Justice Department is investigating whether Bush administration lawyers violated professional standards by issuing legal opinions that authorized the CIA to use waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques...

Washington Post
Feb 17, 2008 Justice Official Defends Rough CIA Interrogations: Severe, Lasting Pain Is Torture, He Says

QUOTE: In testimony before a House subcommittee...the acting chief of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, spelled out how the administration regulated the CIA's use of rough tactics and offered new details of how simulated drowning was used to compel disclosures by prisoners suspected of being al-Qaeda members.

Washington Post
Feb 07, 2008 Mukasey Rejects Criminal Probe Into Waterboarding

QUOTE: New controversy about waterboarding has swirled in Washington since CIA Director Michael V. Hayden confirmed...that the CIA used the tactic on al-Qaeda a secret detention site. [Hayden] defended the treatment as necessary to obtain information about potential terrorist attacks. Independent legal experts have said the use of a tactic meant to coerce detainees to talk by making them fear death through drowning is barred by U.S. laws and treaties under all circumstances...

Washington Post
Jan 30, 2008 Mukasey Hints at Wider CIA Probe

QUOTE: [New] testimony [from Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey ] indicated that the CIA tapes probe, which Mukasey launched earlier this month, could go beyond the tape destruction itself to examine the actions of the current and former CIA employees who carried out coercive interrogations.

Washington Post
Jan 10, 2008 Ex-CIA Official May Refuse To Testify About Videotapes

QUOTE: The [subpoena] comes as part of an escalating, three-way confrontation between Congress, the Justice Department and a group of former CIA officials involved in the decision to destroy the videotapes, which showed the use of harsh interrogation tactics on two suspected al-Qaeda operatives in 2002.

Washington Post
Dec 07, 2007 C.I.A. Destroyed 2 Tapes Showing Interrogations

QUOTE: The videotapes showed agency operatives in 2002 subjecting terrorism suspects — including Abu Zubaydah, the first detainee in C.I.A. custody — to severe interrogation techniques. The tapes were destroyed in part because officers were concerned that video showing harsh interrogation methods could expose agency officials to legal risks, several officials said

New York Times
Oct 31, 2007 Mukasey Calls Harsh Interrogation ‘Repugnant’

QUOTE: Mr. Mukasey noted that Congress has not explicitly banned waterboarding by the C.I.A., though it was outlawed for use by the military in the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005. That left room for interpretation as to whether waterboarding or any other technique is prohibited as “cruel, inhuman or degrading” treatment...

New York Times
Oct 27, 2007 From CIA Jails, Inmates Fade Into Obscurity: Dozens of 'Ghost Prisoners' Not Publicly Accounted For

QUOTE: Some have been secretly transferred to their home countries, where they remain in detention and out of public view, according to interviews in Pakistan and Europe with government officials, human rights groups and lawyers for the detainees. Others have disappeared without a trace and may or may not still be under CIA control.

Washington Post
Sep 12, 2007 Officials Cite Danger in Revealing Detainee Data

QUOTE: The fight about the disclosure is becoming one of the central legal confrontations over Guantánamo, displaying the government’s national security concerns and the claims of detainees’ advocates that officials have repeatedly fended off critics by asserting that much of the information about the detainees cannot be publicly revealed.

New York Times
Aug 22, 2007 CIA Finds Holes in Pre-9/11 Work: Agency Reluctantly Releases 2-Year-Old Document Critical of Tenet

QUOTE: Former central intelligence director George J. Tenet and his top lieutenants failed to marshal sufficient resources and provide the strategic planning needed to counter the threat of terrorism in the years before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, according to a summary released yesterday of a long-secret CIA report.

Washington Post

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