Michael Hayden

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Accusations fit on a bumper sticker. The truth is longer. Miscellaneous
All policy makers come with their own personal view of the world. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Despite the frequent drama at the political level, America and Americans have found a comfortable center line in what it is they want their government to do and what it is that they accept their government doing. It is that practical consensus that has fostered such powerful continuity between to vastly different Presidents—George W, Bush and Barack Obama—when it comes to this conflict. Public Opinion & Polling
Here are some additional things we (the National Security Agency) can do for the War on Terror but we may not do them because we do not have the authority Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
I am unable to tell a quarter of a billion Americans what we are doing on their behalf, because if I did, it would become the table of contents of the training manual of the enemy. Terrorism
I don’t see the excesses. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
It is very difficult for us to assess intent, so we have to work back from actions. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Our immediate job is defense. We will play offense soon enough, but right now it is defense…. Your job is to keep America free by making Americans feel safe again Defense & National Security
Our new dilemma is how do we deal with the not yet guilty. Defense & National Security
Senator Feinstein’s response to the CIA’s brutal treatment of detainees was based on emotion and feeling. Discrimination & Prejudice
The nature of our enemy is changing. It used to be nation states. Now it is individuals. Terrorism
Torture does not work. I believe that. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We still give the nation state the monopoly on the legal use of violence in our own defense. Defense & National Security
We’re not the nation’s jailers. We are not out there to punish. We are out there to learn. Defense & National Security
A writer of fiction lives in fear. Each new day demands new ideas, and he can never be sure whether he is going to come up with them or not.
An intelligence analyst may attribute an attack to al Qaeda, whereas a policy maker could opt for the more general 'extremist.'
Despite a campaign that was based on a very powerful promise of transparency, President Obama, and again in my view quite correctly, has used the state secrets argument in a variety of courts, as much as President Bush.
For all of its well-deserved reputation for pragmatism, American popular culture frequently nurtures or at least tolerates preposterous views and theories. Witness the 9/11 'truthers' who, lacking any evidence whatsoever, claim that 9/11 was a Bush administration plot.
Global security can be formed or threatened by heads of state whose wisdom, folly and obsessions shape global events. But often it is the security practitioners, those rarely in the headlines but whose craft and energy quietly break new ground, who keep us safe or put us in peril.
I told them that free people always had to decide where to draw the line between their liberty and their security. I noted that the attacks would almost certainly push us as a nation more toward security.
I used to have a little saying I used when people said, 'What are your priorities?' I'd give them a bit of government alphabet soup. I'd say 'CTCPROW: Counterterrorism, counterproliferation, rest of the world.' Government
I'm a career Air Force officer. We have a saying in the Air Force: 'If you want people to be with you at the crash, you've got to put them on the manifest.' And so I was always of the view to almost leave no stone unturned when you're up there briefing the Hill.
It was a long, difficult summer of 2004. That was a leap year, so several things happened - the Olympics and presidential election. And right in the middle of the election campaign - and I don't think this was an accident - the 9/11 Commission delivers its report.
My literal responsibility as director of the CIA with regard to covert action was to inform the Congress - not to seek their approval; to inform.
Right after 9/11, I mean, every agency can give their own gradation, but a nice, popular rule of thumb is everybody doubled down. I ended up in NSA with about twice as much money as I had prior to 9/11. Money, Coins & Minting
Right after 9/11, I mean, every agency can give their own gradation, but a nice, popular rule of thumb is everybody doubled down. I ended up in the NSA with about twice as much money as I had prior to 9/11. Money, Coins & Minting
The use of these techniques against these terrorists made us safer. It really did work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There is no part of the executive branch that more exists on the outer edge of executive prerogative than the American intelligence community - the intelligence community, CIA, covert action. My literal responsibility as director of CIA with regard to covert action was to inform the Congress - not to seek their approval, to inform.
There's this movie, 'Zero Dark Thirty' about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Some have complained that too many 'secrets' were dished out by the intelligence and special operations communities to director Kathryn Bigelow, screenwriter Mark Boal and their crew, part of a broader pattern of using intelligence for political effect.
This program has been successful in detecting and preventing attacks inside the United States.
When asked if I miss being in government, I usually try to lighten the moment by responding that I awake most days, read the paper, and then observe that, 'It's yet another great day to be the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency.' Government
When I was at the CIA I asked my civilian advisory board to tackle some tough questions. Among the toughest: In a political culture that every day demands more transparency and more public accountability from every aspect of national life, could American intelligence continue to survive and succeed? That jury is still out. Life
When I was director of the CIA, I knew that we had been - and I'm choosing my words very carefully here - effective in our expansion. We really had - expansion of government agencies and expansion of use of contractors. Effective, we were; efficient, we weren't. And so, as director of the CIA, I went after the inefficiencies part. Government