(Update: Feinigold will be speaking at the National Press Club tomorrow at 1pm ET/10am PT and CSPAN will be broadcasting it. If they do not run it live they will broadcast it later.)
Feingold on Hayden:
I am concerned by reports that the President may nominate General Michael Hayden to be the Director of the CIA. General Hayden directed and subsequently defended the President’s illegal wiretapping program. Neither he nor the rest of the administration informed the congressional intelligence committees about this program, as is required by law. As a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, I will expect any nominee for this position to be committed to the rule of law and respectful of Congress’s oversight responsibility. In addition, as we continue our global fight against Al Qaeda and its affiliates and seek to address the intelligence failures of Iraq, we need to make sure the next head of the CIA is committed to both strengthening our intelligence capabilities and providing policy makers with accurate and objective information.
Since the CIA Director needs confirmation by the Intelligence Committee and Feingold sits on the committee, maybe we’ll finally see someone ask the questions that need to be asked regarding the illegal NSA wiretaps. Not that the answers will be at all satisfactory, but it should be a good see Feingold get the chance he’ (and we) have been angling for.