Reaction to Announcement of CIA Nominee

Statements in response to President Bush's nomination of Gen. Michael Hayden to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency:

"Mike knows our intelligence community from the ground up. He has been both a provider and a consumer of intelligence. He's overseen the development of both human and technological intelligence. He has demonstrated an ability to adapt our intelligence services to the new challenges in the war on terror. He's the right man to lead the CIA at this critical moment in our nation's history." - President Bush.

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"In the confirmation process, I look forward to meeting with the leaders of the Congress, better understanding their concerns and working with them to move the American intelligence community forward. This is simply too important not to get absolutely right." - Gen. Michael Hayden.

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"I believe that the president has selected the best person, civilian or military, to lead the CIA during this critical period ... I simply cannot imagine anyone better, today and into the future." - John Negroponte, national intelligence director.


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"Gen. Hayden is a very qualified nominee with a long history of service to his country. He's run one of the most important programs in the war on terror, a key effort to try and make America safer. I look forward to his prompt confirmation by the Senate." - Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.

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"Gen. Hayden is smart and well-qualified, with a lot of good experience. I look forward to the Senate Intelligence Committee hearings, but my inclination is to support him." - Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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"During his time as director of the National Security Agency, Michael V. Hayden implemented an illegal domestic spying program in clear violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. ... The Senate must not confirm anyone to this important post who would break the law to spy on American citizens." - Ralph G. Neas, president of the liberal People for the American Way.

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"He understands intelligence and he's a good leader that can guide a large organization through change. We have to rebuild our human intelligence capabilities and I believe Mike can help us continue on that path. It shouldn't surprise anyone that some of our nation's finest leaders come from the United States military." - Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., who chairs the House Intelligence panel that oversees the NSA.

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"The CIA is the nation's premier, all-source civilian intelligence agency and that is what it should remain. There is no question that General Hayden is an outstanding military officer and a strong leader with a proven history in the Intelligence Community leading to his current position in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence." - Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

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"Despite the presidents statements that he wants to bring fresh ideas and better management to the administration, the president just keeps the same crowd around him and switches their job titles." - Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J.


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"To send a signal of independence from the Pentagon, Gen. Hayden may want to consider retiring from the Air Force. That would put to rest questions about whether an active duty military officer should lead the CIA at this time." - Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairwoman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

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==Narus ST-6400 and NarusInsight by Narus Ltd.==
Under Gen. Michael V. Hayden the NSA has forced tecom companies to implement massive domestic spying hardware. Even though Gen. Hayden has said at the National Press Club that "As the director, I was the one responsible to ensure that this program was limited in its scope and disciplined in its application." The NarusInsight is one type of domestic spying hardware. Capable of monitoring 10 billion bits of data per second in real-time. This means the NarusInsight can monitor an OC-192 in realtime. For reference 10 billion bits is 10 million Kbts, divide that by the average DSL user witch is 256 Kbts (10000000/256) you get monitoring of 39062.5 DSL lines in realtime for every piece of hardware. After data capture Narus softeware can replay data. What does this mean well acrodding too Narus website "Capabilities include playback of streaming media (for example, VoIP), rendering of Web pages, examination of e-mails and the ability to analyze the payload/attachments of e-mail or file transfer protocols." Think of it as Tivo for the internet able to replay 39000 US DSL users activity in realtime for every piece of hardware.
References:
Narus Ltd http://narus.com,
NATIONAL PRESS CLUB Transcript: http://www.globalsecurity.org/intell/library/news/2006/intell-060123-dni01.htm http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1564046/posts
Hoover's company factsheet: http://www.hoovers.com/narus/--ID__60701--/free-co-factsheet.xhtml
Report by bewert: http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/4/8/14724/28476
EFF case against AT&T http://www.eff.org/legal/cases/att/att_complaint_amended.pdf
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