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BREAKING: Hayden to Be Named DCI Tomorrow


George Stephanopolous just announced on ABC’s This Week that Gen. Michael Hayden will definitely be named President Bush’s nominee to succeed Porter Goss as the DCI for the CIA.  Interviewing Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Sen. Saxby Chambliss, both Senators expressed reservations about a military officer heading up the CIA — since it is a civilian intel agency. 

There is a pending bill in the Senate that would require the DCI to be a civilian — but that bill has not yet passed, and is thus not a legal requirement at this point.

We’ve blogged on Gen. Hayden over the last coupla days here, here and here.  Should make for some very interesting confirmation hearings — especially if they get into the illegal NSA domestic spying.  I’m told that many in the NSA are livid about the program that has been going on — because it’s been severely limited to a small number of folks within the NSA who would go along with the President’s request, but the entire agency has been tarred by their actions.  Should be a VERY interesting confirmation process indeed if they go into that aspect.

UPDATEBloomberg has more, including the fact that Rep. Hoekstra, chair of the House Intel Committee opposes Hayden being nominated.  The WaPo has more as well.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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