September 11, 2009

THE BUSH ERA ROLLS ON...:

Bush-Era Official's Appointment to Declassification Panel Draws Fire (Ellen Nakashima, 9/11/09, Washington Post)

The newest member of a panel that advises the president on declassification policy is a former top intelligence official who oversaw some of the Bush administration's most controversial counterterrorism programs.

Michael V. Hayden, a retired four-star Air Force general, was appointed to the Public Interest Declassification Board by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) during the August recess. [...]

"To this day, the NSA continues to conceal virtually all information about the warrantless wiretapping program," said Jameel Jaffer, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's National Security Project. "As CIA director, General Hayden claimed that destruction of waterboarding tapes was 'in line with the law.' "

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 11, 2009 8:30 AM
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