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Domestic eavesdropper to head CIA.

Four-star Air Force General Michael Hayden, a 30-year intelligence veteran who headed the Bush administration's warrantless domestic surveillance program, was tapped by the president on May 8 to head the Central Intelligence Agency. Since 2005, Gen. Hayden (a member of the Council on Foreign Relations) has been deputy to John Negroponte, the administration's National Intelligence Director. The AP points out: "With Hayden's installation, active duty or retired military officers would run all the major spy agencies as well as the intelligence hub, the National Counterterrorism Center."

Hayden's nomination provoked opposition from legislators on both sides of the aisle. Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) has promised to interrogate Hayden about the eavesdropping program. Concerns have also been expressed by Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), and House Intelligence Chairman Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.). The nomination is flatly opposed by House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), who said through a spokesman that he "believes a military figure should not be the head of a civilian agency."
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Title Annotation:Central Intelligence Agency taps Michael Hayden
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 29, 2006
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