Former CIA, NSA Chief: Obama Wants Americans to Accept Surveillance

Hayden: Making Americans Comfortable Makes Them 'Less Safe'

Former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden addressed President Obama’s promises of more “transparency” for the surveillance programs, saying that his goal is just to make Americans comfortable enough to accept the program.

That’s what every critic of the president has been saying since the Friday speech, of course, but instead of taking the position that do-nothing “reforms” were aiming to pull the wool over the American public’s eye, Hayden insisted that even the glorified PR campaign is “going to be hard.”

That’s because Hayden claims that literally “steps to make Americans more comfortable will actually make Americans less safe.” That’s in spite of the fact that those steps are designed to keep the surveillance leviathan alive and the public placated.

President Obama’s many promised reforms mostly centered around having spy agencies work together on a website that touts their activities to the American public and hiring a single “privacy officer” with no authority to somehow handle the entire NSA and FISA court system.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of