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Former CIA Director John Brennan and other former top national security officials could lose their security clearance if the White House follows through on a threat made Monday. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Former CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden delivers remarks on national security at the National Academy of Sciences in October. Hayden is among a growing number of former intelligence officials who are now speaking out regularly in retirement. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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In Retirement, America's Spies Are Getting Downright Chatty

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Former Central Intelligence Agency Director Gen. Michael Hayden, who served under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, has come out against the Trump travel ban. David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images hide caption

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Hayden: "I'm A Creature Of The Executive Branch"

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Former National Intelligence Director James Clapper testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism hearing: "Russian Interference in the 2016 United States Election," in May. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Gen. Michael Hayden, the former head of the National Security Agency and the CIA, testifies before Congress last August. In an interview with NPR, Hayden says the intelligence agencies, not the White House, were responsible for getting it wrong when they concluded that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction prior to the U.S. invasion in 2003. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Michael Hayden: Blame Intel Agencies, Not White House, For Getting Iraq Wrong

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