No Way. No How. No Hayden.

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By Patrick Appel
Greenwald reacts to news that Obama may keep on Michael Hayden as CIA Director:

If, less than 3 years later, Obama chooses as his CIA Director the very same Michael Hayden -- who, during his confirmation hearing, justified Bush's illegal NSA spying and said how proud he was to help implement it [to say nothing of his (at best) equivocations on torture] -- then it should be quite . . . let us, for the moment, say "interesting" . . . to watch him and his most loyal supporters explain and justify that.

I don't think it could be justified. Not when he has this in his past. Spencer Ackerman is skeptical of the reporting:

Floating Hayden is a way for a couple of people in or around CIA to plant this narrative in an audacious way. They know there’s no chance that Obama would actually pick Hayden. It’s a way of exploiting a division whereas the meta-debate was that Obama needed to pick a CIA person to avoid alienating the agency, now he needs to pick Hayden specifically. It’s a cynical-but-clever way of boxing Obama in. (My understanding is that Hayden is seen by most in the agency as kind of meh.

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