Thursday, May 18, 2006

Hayden Insists NSA Surveillance Is Legal

Hayden declined to openly discuss the reports, saying he would talk only about the part of the program the president had confirmed.

"Is that the whole program?" asked Sen. Carl Levin (news, bio, voting record), D-Mich.

"I'm not at liberty to talk about that in open session," replied Hayden, currently the nation's No. 2 intelligence official. A closed-door session was held in the evening.

Even as Republicans praised Hayden, senators of both parties said they should have been briefed on the work five years ago. More than one Democrat said he felt deceived.

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