Special Programming

KPFA Special Broadcast – May 18, 2006

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Note: The May 18th edition of Democracy Now will be rebroadcast on KPFA at 7pm, May 18th.

Senate Intelligence Committee hearings on the nomination by President Bush of former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden to head the Central Intelligence Agency.


  • Larry Bensky, Pacifica National Affairs Correspondent
  • Mitch Jeserich, of WBAI’s Wake-up call

President Bush last week nominated General Michael Hayden, a military officer, to head the Central Intelligence Agency, which is a civilian agency. Hayden was the director of the National Security Agency in September, 2001, when Bush authorized it to conduct warrantless surveillance on Americans. Hayden would have set up these procedures, and would have overseen the compilation of a database comprising the phone records of tens of thousands of Americans, handed over by their telephone service providers.

The Senate Intelligence Committee will hold hearings into Hayden’s nomination. Questions will focus on his status with the military and on his connection to the NSA surveillance scandal. Breaks, pre-show and post-show will include expert analysis and anchor commentary.

Scheduled Guests Include:

  • John Prados, analyst with the National Security Archive, author, "The Documents that Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War"
  • Joe Onek, Senior Policy Analyst, Open Society Policy Center
  • Ray MacGovern, retired CIA officer, critic of the current Bush administration, with other former CIA employees, founded the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity or VIPS.
  • Arsalan Iftkihar, National Legal Director, Council on American Islamic Relations
  • Chip Pitts, President, Bill of Rights Defense Committee
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