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More Questions for Gen. Hayden


I’d like to know why, exactly, in his professional judgment, Gen. Hayden believes that the illegal NSA domestic spying without a warrant could have detected 9/11 hijackers.

"Had this program been in effect prior to 9/11, it is my professional judgment that we would have detected some of the al-Qaida operatives in the United States," Hayden said.

I mean, as long as we’re asking questions and all.  Especially since Hayden failed to mention that we already knew about some of the hijackers being here in the US prior to 9/11 occurring — I’d like to know how this NSA program would have done a better job at letting us know the hijackers were here…so we could continue to not intercept them and not prevent the hijackings from occurring, just like we failed to do on 9/11.

And then there is this question: what, exactly, have we been doing with the illegal NSA domestic spying program without getting the required, lawful warrants?

This isn’t a drift net where we’re soaking up everyone’s communications. We’re going after very specific communications that our professional judgment tells us we have reason to believe are those associated with people who want to kill Americans. That’s what we’re doing.

That’s just not enough of an answer. And I expect someone to be asking for more.  A whole lot more.

UPDATECrooks and Liars has the Hoekstra video clip from Fox News Sunday up, questioning the choice of Hayden for DCI.

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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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