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Hayden vs Feinstein: The unremarkable intelligence officer

We have another public fight on our hands that pits a US Senator against a retired general and former CIA Director. This is one of many open battles that Americans are witnessing if they have their eyes open.

Michael Hayden, Lt. General and former CIA Director
James George

The nation’s people are at war with their government and there are battles going on inside government. Obviously, the big one is between the President and Republicans in Congress.

But, then, there are other battles like the one between Michael Hayden and Senator Feinstein. As a citizen voter, you might be inclined to choose the side of your elected representative, the ranking Senator from California.

Michael Hayden is a former US Air Force Lt. General who rose up in the intelligence ranks and then into the CIA via political appointment. Some former military officers have made good public servants in the civilian side of government, others are more conspicuous for a variety of reasons.

From a citizen’s perspective, you must ask how healthy it is to have military officers step into the CIA executive office without having ever spent time in the civilian world outside of government. It may not seem healthy, and it probably isn’t.

The Senator is in a position to provide oversight, along with the President of the United States.

“Dianne Feinstein

United States Senator from California


Assumed office November 4, 1992 Serving with Barbara Boxer

Preceded by
John F. Seymour, Chairman of the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence


Assumed office January 6, 2009

Preceded by Jay Rockefeller
Chairman of the International Narcotics Control Caucus


Assumed office January 3, 2009

Preceded by Joe Biden
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration

In office January 4, 2007 – January 3, 2009

Preceded by Trent Lott

Succeeded by Chuck Schumer
38th Mayor of San Francisco

In office December 4, 1978 – January 8, 1988

Preceded by
George Moscone

Succeeded by
Art Agnos, Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors

In office 1970–1978

Personal details

Dianne Emiel Goldman
June 22, 1933 (age 80)
San Francisco, California, US
Political party
Jack Berman (1956–1959; div.)
Bertram Feinstein (1962–1978; deceased)
Richard C. Blum (1980–)
Katherine Feinstein Mariano
San Francisco, California, US
Alma mater
Stanford University (BA)
United States Senator

Of concern here is that Michael Hayden rose through the ranks in a very narrow channel. He went from equipment manager for the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Director of the CIA.

"Michael Hayden

20th Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

In office
May 30, 2006 – February 12, 2009

George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded by
Porter J. Goss
Succeeded by
Leon Panetta
Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence

In office

George W. Bush
Preceded by
New Office
Succeeded by
Donald Kerr
15th Director of the National Security Agency

In office

Bill Clinton
George W. Bush
Preceded by
Kenneth Minihan
Succeeded by
Keith B. Alexander
Personal details

Michael Vincent Hayden
March 17, 1945 (age 69)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Intelligence officer
Military service

United States Air Force
Years of service
* General
Global War on Terrorism
Defense Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal (2)

“He went to St. Peter's Elementary school where, in 7th and 8th grade he played quarterback on the school football team then being coached byDan Rooney, the son of the founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and current Chairman of the team. One of Hayden's first jobs was as an equipment manager for the Steelers.[5] Hayden went on to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh where he earned a B.A. in history in 1967 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He then attended graduate school at Duquesne for an M.A. in modern American History. He continues to be an avid fan of the hometown Pittsburgh Steelers, since the 1990s commuting with his wife and family to at least 3–4 games a year.[5]

He was commissioned through University of Pittsburgh's Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program.[6] Hayden entered active military service in 1969.
Hayden has served as commander of the Air Intelligence Agency and Director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center, both headquartered at Lackland Air Force Base. He also has served in senior staff positions in the Pentagon; Headquarters U.S. European Command,Stuttgart, Germany; the National Security Council, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Embassy in the then-People's Republic of Bulgaria. Prior to his current assignment, the general served as deputy chief of staff for United Nations Command and U.S. Forces Korea, Yongsan Garrison. He has also worked in intelligence in Guam.”

The fight is reported by The Guardian.

“Senate Democrats have blasted a former CIA director who dismissed Dianne Feinstein as “emotional”, marking a deepening fracture between Congress and the intelligence services over the use of torture and mass surveillance.

Ron Wyden, a member of the Senate intelligence committee, said on Monday that Michael Hayden's attack on Feinstein, the committee chairperson, was “outrageous” and fitted a pattern of “misleading” the American public.

It was some of the strongest language yet in the war of words between Congress, the CIA and the National Security Agency, complicating President Barack Obama's efforts to placate both sides.”
In a government that is exceedingly controlled by the Military Industrial Complex, wealthy Americans and Corporations, we need strong oversight. The likes of Michael Hayden in charge may well strike fear into the hearts of skeptical and wary Americans whose freedom and liberty is under attack by the institutions intended to protect them.

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