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05/18/06--Gen. Michael V. Hayden, President Bush's nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, during his Senate Select Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing at the U.S. Capitol. Senators on the committee confronted President BushÕs nominee for director of the Central Intelligence Agency on how he would balance privacy and security, brief Congress on sensitive intelligence and bolster the CIAÕs capacity to deter terrorist attacks. Hayden is expected to win support from most if not all of the committeeÕs Republicans, and even some committee Democrats. But senators from both parties used the hearing to express their frustration at being left out of the very limited briefings provided by the administration on programs like those reported by USA Today. The administration has tightly restricted the number of lawmakers it briefs in both the House and Senate. On Wednesday, for the first time, those briefings were expanded to the full membership of the two Intelligence committees. Lawmakers expressed concerns Wednesday whether Hayden, currently serving as the deputy to John D. Negroponte, the director of national intelligence (DNI), will be strong enough to resist administration pressure to produce intelligence estimates that bolster major policy decisions, as some Bush critics allege former CIA Director George Tenet did before the Iraq War. Congressional Quarterly Photo by Scott J. Ferrell

05/18/06--Gen. Michael V. Hayden, President Bush's nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, during his Senate Select Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing at the U.S. Capitol. Senators on the committee confronted President BushÕs nominee for director of the Central Intelligence Agency on how he would balance privacy and security, brief Congress on sensitive intelligence and bolster the CIAÕs capacity to deter terrorist attacks. Hayden is expected to win support...
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