The Idiocy of Michael HaydenApril 19, 2009 at 5:05 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment
Gen. Michael V. Hayden, who served as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency during the last two years of George W. Bush’s presidency, said Sunday that the Obama administration’s recent release of memos detailing harsh interrogation techniques would limit the agency’s ability to pursue terrorists in the future.
The C.I.A. used harsh techniques like waterboarding on detainees from 2002 through 2005, before General Hayden became director. He told a Congressional committee in 2008 that the technique was explicitly dropped from the agency’s authorized methods in 2006 and that he believed its use was likely to have been illegal.
But speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” General Hayden said that the descriptions gave Al Qaeda a tactical advantage by allowing them to prepare for specific practices used by the C.I.A., even if those practices are not in use now.
He truly is disparaging the CIA that he used to lead. He’s saying that terrorists are stronger than CIA operatives. He’s saying that simple knowledge of how we treat detainees gives terrorists an edge over our forces. What a fucking moron! How the hell did he ever get into the position of power that he did? Or maybe it is true. After all, the CIA has one truly awful history. Maybe only the worst of the worst go to work for the CIA. Maybe they truly are so terrible that a cave-dwelling terrorist can outsmart them.
Either way, another black eye on the CIA. When can we shut it down?