Jake Tapper on CNN's The Lead asks Gen. Michael Hayden questions about the program as it is today versus under the Bush Administration. Video at the link below.
The man who served as the director of the National Security Agency under former President George W. Bush said Wednesday that President Barack Obama has been more transparent about top secret surveillance programs than his predecessor.
Gen. Michael Hayden, former NSA director, praised Obama for resuming those programs.
"We should just take a sense of satisfaction that what we were doing, once candidate Obama became President Obama, he saw that these were of great value and frankly, were being very carefully done," Hayden told CNN. "National security looks a little different from the Oval Office than it does from a hotel room in Iowa."
Hayden applauded Obama for making the details of the NSA's data collection available to members of Congress.
"Frankly, the Obama administration was more transparent about this effort than we were in the Bush administration," Hayden said. "I mean, they made this meta data collection activity available to all the members of Congress. Not just all the members of the intelligence committees."
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