Lieberman and New CIA Director

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) and other Republicans have already voiced strong concerns about Hayden, who has strongly defended warrantless wiretapping, has been linked to the Cunningham corrpution scandal, and may have already OKed the shift of all CIA covert ops to the Pentagon.

“ U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., said that Hayden’s appointment shouldn’t be excluded solely because of his military status. In comments made during an interview with the Norwich Bulletin Editorial Board today, Lieberman said in his previous dealings with Hayden regarding the work of the 9/11 Commission the general showed himself to be extremely capable.

“ On the inner workings of what we should do to reorganize America’s intelligence system, I found him to be very independent, willing to criticize people in the military intelligence apparatus and generally a straight talker,” Lieberman said of Bush’s appointee. “So, my mind is open to slightly favorably inclined to Mike Hayden as we begin this review of his nomination.”