July 19th, 2013
09:02 AM ET

Former CIA chief speaks out on Snowden

Editor's note: This is one in a series of stories and opinion pieces surrounding the Aspen Security Forum currently taking place in Aspen, Colorado. Security Clearance is a media sponsor of the event, which is taking place from July 17 to 20 in Aspen, Colorado.

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden spoke with CNN's 'New Day' and discusses how Edward Snowden's leaks have changed the way terrorists operate and are making them harder to catch. Hayden spoke from Aspen, Colorado where he is attending teh Aspen Security Forum.

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  1. Jack

    100% Security = 0% Freedom

    These people who run our country are quite literally the real terrorist <- FACT

    God I hope and pray Glen Greenwald releases everything and dismantles this prison police state that big business has created in this country.

    They view us, anyone who would oppose their global corporate robbery as the enemy.

    July 22, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Reply
  2. Jack

    B.S. Wake up people. They view us, the american people as the enemy. The secret govt., the military and the news media all work for the multinational corporations and the central bank. What they are worried about is the american people opposing their killing of innocent people for corporate profits. The Business of this govt. is to steal the resources from nations that are too weak to defend themselves. So Keep it in mind, when these mercenaries say Truth makes it harder for them to protect what they call "The United States" what they really are referring to is it makes it harder for them to kill and steal for thieves all while doing it in the righteous name of "The American People". They are not murdering and stealing for us. They do it for a select few billionaires. SOCIALIZE THE RISK, PRIVATIZE THE PROFITS.

    July 22, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Reply
  3. Darren Jones

    Just a matter of time.American Government will get this guy.Russia will get sick of him eventually and deport him.He can't run forever.The planet aint thay big.He will run out of money before the Government will.

    July 21, 2013 at 3:24 am | Reply
    • Wayne Montgomery

      UR probably right...When the Gov't cronies do get him and the rest of us will just go along with them wire tapping us and blackmailing us into compliance.

      July 21, 2013 at 9:15 am | Reply
  4. Richard Bittner

    The domestic implementation of the PRISM spy program has compromised our 4th Amendment Rights and abrogated our RIGHTS to freely correspond, communicate and associate with our families, friends and fellow Americans. Now that it has been exposed it can only be effectively be used pn US.
    The President and every judge and politician who has supported the domestic use of the PRISM spy program program MUST be removed for violation of there oath of office either by impeachment or at the polls. Their removal is essential to ensure that our rights are ACTUALLY AND PERMANENTLY restored.
    This is a Watershed issue and we must clearly and irrevocably draw this line of demarcation. Remember Watergate? How soon we have forgotten these dishonored names: Richard Nixon, J. Edgar Hoover and James Jesus Angleton. Lets pause for a moment and ponder. What nefarious deeds could these unscrupulous men have accomplished had the PRISM spy program been at their disposal.
    The America we all profess to love is at the crossroads. The false prophets preach that we must destroy our liberty in order to save it. Let's remember for a moment, for me, the pictures of the bodies left on Omaha and other island beaches. What heritage are we creating or preserving for our children or grandchildren?
    This is Not a partisan issue or a conservative vs. liberal or a progressive, tea party or a libertarian issue. This is a defining moment issue, an AMERICAN ISSUE. What will be our choice? A vibrant, :renewed DEMOCRACY or a dystopian ORWELLIAN society. WE THE PEOPLE have the power to decide. Do we have the. vision, will and courage? The onus is upon us to seize control of our destiny. Edward (Snowden must be allowed to return to the. country he loves and has so valiantly. served without an government retribution.

    July 21, 2013 at 2:19 am | Reply
    • Richard Bittner

      Please excuse the obvious mistakes. I only have an infernal android phone and it's impossible to edit.

      July 21, 2013 at 2:32 am | Reply
      • frank johnson

        Your mistake started at "The" and continued for a bunch of lines. Might want to turn off that autospell/phone..

        July 21, 2013 at 5:18 am |
    • Thomas E. Shafovaloff

      I just wish DIA would stop sending the micro drone "Golden Grasshoppers" around. They might lose one.

      July 21, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Reply
  5. USMC 0311 1961-67

    Repeating myself... "Why is it that whenever someone exposes corruption or wrongdoing in the government it has a negative impact on national security????" If the "terrorist" didn't already know that the Americans can, and do, tap telephone and internet traffic, they are ALMOST as mentally incompetent as the bureaucrats in D.C. who have charge of US Intelligence.

    July 19, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Reply
  6. Frank

    @wayne...

    Wow, are you a fscking idiot.... You must be scared and shisting yourself every second of the day that those dastardly liberals are coming to get you.

    July 19, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Reply
  7. blinky

    “We have concrete proof that terrorist groups and others are taking action, making changes, and making our job tougher.” Tell me, is that proof as "concrete" as NSA's claim to have "prevented" 50 terrorist plots, when it turns out NSA only functioned in a supplemental role in handling those plots and ALL of them were under control anyway?

    We all know now that NSA spies on all of us, and having that awareness makes us more engaged, better informed citizens. We aren't a military state–yet–we are a democracy.

    July 19, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  8. Wayne Montgomery

    OUR OWN GOV/T IS THE WORST TERRIORIST AS FAR AS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED...WE'RE MORE LIKELY TO DROWN THAN BE AFFECTED BY TERRIORISM SO WHY DO WE EVEN NEED THE NSA?

    July 19, 2013 at 11:01 am | Reply
    • George patton

      Good posting, Wayne. Thank you.

      July 19, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Reply
  9. Wayne Montgomery

    THE ONLY WAY TO HAVE PEOPLE WHO WILL DO AS THEY ARE TOLD W/O CONSENSE OR HONESTY OR TRUST IS TO HIRE FOREIGNERS WHO DON'T LOVE THEIR COUNTRY AND DON'T CARE IF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SPIED ON AND THEN LIED TO SO THEY DON'T HAVE PROOF OF THE GOV'TS MAFIA WAYS!

    July 19, 2013 at 10:57 am | Reply
  10. Richard Bittner

    Have you seen the reports on the internet regarding Mr. CHENEY? The allegations are that in one year his holdings in Haliburton increased from approximately $ 240,400 to $8,000,000. How many brave soldiers must daily endure great hardship and pain because their vehicles were not properly armoured in Iraq? How many died needlessly?

    July 21, 2013 at 2:45 am | Reply

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