General Hayden: Metadata Program Won’t Be Stopped

by Sterling Beard

The former director of the National Security Agency, General Michael Hayden, said Sunday that he doesn’t think the agency’s metadata collection program will be stopped.

“[I]f you look at the commentary on this, folks from the so-called left are a bit uneasy,” Hayden told Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer. “They don’t want a little more transparency with regard to the metadata program — they want the program stopped.”

“I don’t think it will be,” he said.

Hayden was also skeptical of President Obama’s idea of adding a privacy advocate to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which oversees the country’s surveillance programs. He warned that such a move may look like more thorough oversight now, but would, in the wake of the next terrorist attack, seem “like bureaucratic layering.”

“You need to be careful about how many processes you put in [the metadata program],” he said.

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