Michael Hayden, the former chief of the National Security Agency, was nominated today by President Bush to be the new chief of the CIA.
Thus far, there have been no reports linking Hayden to hookers & poker games at the Watergate.
While serving as NSA chief, Hayden deceived Congress in October 17, 2002 testimony regarding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Hayden told Rep. Porter Goss (axed last Friday as CIA chief) that once a person enters the United States, “that person would have protections as what the law defines as a U.S. person. And I would have no authorities to pursue it” (outside of a court authorized wiretap). But NSA was vigorously tapping the calls and emails of many people within the United States at that time regardless of the law.
The fact that Hayden was at the helm of the agency that carried out one of the most brazen violations of the Constitution in modern times should greatly boost his popularity among some conservative talk show hosts.
Will Bush nominate Hayden in spite of this falsehood, or because of it?