Ex-CIA chief Hayden urges transparency on surveillance programs
Ex-chief of CIA, NSA calls for transparency
WASHINGTON — The former director of the CIA and National Security Agency says the government should release more information about its secretive surveillance programs to reassure Americans that their privacy rights are being protected.
Appearing on Sunday on CBS's “Face the Nation,” Pittsburgh native Michael Hayden said he believes the public will be more comfortable with the programs that gather phone and Internet records from around the world if people understand how they are carried out and why.
Hayden defended a secret court that approves government requests to gather the records. Critics say the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has served as a rubber stamp to the requests instead of challenging government attorneys on whether the information is needed or gathered properly.
Hayden is now a security consultant and university professor.
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