'Hayden' in a New Direction? Welcome back to Mixed Signals, I hope everyone had a fun and safe weekend. Until law enforcement officials file their anticipated indictment on still unspecified charges, I will be your blog host for the next four days. Later this morning -- after the 9:30 editorial meeting -- I'll let you know what's on tap for NPR today. But I suspect a leading story will be the expected announcement from President Bush that Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, the former head of the National Security Agency, will be his nominee to head up the CIA.
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'Hayden' in a New Direction?

Welcome back to Mixed Signals, I hope everyone had a fun and safe weekend. Until law enforcement officials file their anticipated indictment on still unspecified charges, I will be your blog host for the next four days.

Later this morning -- after the 9:30 editorial meeting -- I'll let you know what's on tap for NPR today. But I suspect a leading story will be the expected announcement from President Bush that Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, the former head of the National Security Agency, will be his nominee to head up the CIA.

The prospect of putting a military guy in charge of a civilian agency, especially when Hayden and other U.S. intelligence officials are embroiled in the domestic spying controversy, has angered a lot of people on Capitol Hill, including some Republicans. Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI), the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, said Hayden was the "wrong person" at the "wrong place" at the "wrong time" -- especially given the contretemps over the warrantless eavesdropping by the NSA.

So if not Hayden, then who?

To me, it's an easy call. We need someone, a civilian, who believes in this country and loves the Constitution, but someone who is not afraid to disregard the Constitution when it comes to fundamental rights if it means fighting terrorism and terrorists.

That man is Jack Bauer. And I suspect he will be confirmed rather handily, assuming President Logan doesn't succeed in shooting down his plane tonight on 24.