Hayden confirmed as CIA director

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Via FoxNews:

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Friday confirmed Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden as CIA chief, the first active-duty or retired military officer to be director of the civilian intelligence agency in 25 years.

Hayden was approved by a vote of 78-15.

Hayden, 61, is a four-star general and until the confirmation, was the top deputy to National Intelligence Director John Negroponte.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist released a statement on Friday applauding the confirmation and the nominee.

“This is a critical time for the CIA, and it’s vital that the agency have strong, experienced leaders such as General Hayden to provide steady guidance as we forge ahead in the War on Terror. With 20 years of experience in the intelligence community, he is the right man for the job,” Frist said. “He’s made clear his interest in an open and honest relationship with Congress and his respect for our oversight role. I have every confidence he will serve our nation well as CIA director, and I look forward to working with him.”

At his confirmation hearing, Hayden sought to assure senators that he would be independent from the Pentagon but said he would consider how his uniform affects his relationship with CIA personnel. If it were to get in the way, he said, “I’ll make the right decision.”

9 thoughts on “Hayden confirmed as CIA director

  1. Capital complex lockdown *****

    ….Countinuing… Capital police responded to reports of the sound of gun fire in the Rayburn building parking garage, and detected the smell of gun powder when they investigated. The garage has been sealed off while task force people search for a possible gunman or victim. The Rayburn building itself remains “locked down” to protect everyone and keep them safely in their offices….. Developing….

    – Bang **==

  2. I thought that the Hayden hearings were the Democrats’ big chance to lay the public groundwork for impeaching Bush on the NSA terrorist surveillance program. The MSM told us so, anyway. We were promised fireworks and big juicy revelations. What happened?

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  4. I thought that the Hayden hearings were the Democrats’ big chance to lay the public groundwork for impeaching Bush on the NSA terrorist surveillance program. The MSM told us so, anyway. We were promised fireworks and big juicy revelations. What happened?

    Comment by Mwalimu Daudi @ 5/26/2006 – 1:23 pm

    God forbid Bush nominates a black, female conservative judge, call out the filibuster……..but nominate the guy that ran the “illegal” NSA wirtetap prgram, and the dems grease the skids after calling for impeachment…..idiots.

  5. Thinking back, I think the news report is incorrect in saying he is the first active or retired military officer to head the agency. George H. W. Bush was head of the CIA and he was a Navy fighter pilot in WWII.

  6. Their caveat was 25 years US Vet.

    The press flawed when asking Rumsfeld about this and Rummy mentioned 3 officers since WW2 and so the news story had to change it to the last 25 years. I’m suprised they did that due diligence with their sloppiness and laziness in reporting being so prevalent.

  7. US Vet, not fighter, Navy Torpedo Bomber. He flew the Avenger, not a Hellcat or Corsair.

    I remember some libs making the charge Bush 41 punched out too soon and abandoned his radioman. I believe the crew was dead before Bush jumped.

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