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.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
- Homeland Security panned for passing on bio-threat technology
- Supreme Court’s health care law ruling worries 34 states
- Huge, ancient quasar could alter theories on black holes
- Monarch butterflies find milkweed supply dwindles
- Most young Republicans back legal marijuana
- Perceived slights have some New Yorkers longing for Pennsylvania
- Buffet: Berkshire’s built to last
- Paul edges Walker in CPAC straw poll
- Florida fisherman’s high court win spurs call for legal reform
- Gene making human brains bigger found
- Mo. gunman kills 7, self, in rampage