Michael Hayden, the CIA and Wiretaps without Warrants

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When Michael Hayden goes before the Senate Intelligence Committee tomorrow as President Bush's nominee to head the CIA, he'll be carrying heavy baggage. Even Republicans ask if an Air Force general should lead a civilian agency that's supposed to provide a check on military intelligence. Others say Hayden caused the National Security Agency to monitor domestic telephone calls without legal authorization. The President, who previously insisted that only a few members be briefed on the warrantless wiretaps and e-mails that began when Hayden headed the NSA, has agreed that all committee members be party to classified information. Is the Central Intelligence Agency still the heart of America's espionage operations? Will Hayden's nomination shed more light on the NSA's surveillance program?
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Wall Street Journal on Enron trial

CIA Director-designate Michael Hayden

USA Today article on NSA surveillance program, database

President Bush on NSA surveillance program

Babington's article on decision to include more lawmakers in release of classified information

EPIC's complaint to FCC over phone companies' participation in NSA surveillance

The Da Vinci Code

Da Vinci Dialogue

Boyer's article on the marketing of The Da Vinci Code



Warren Olney