53 Quotes of Michael Hayden

” The problem with cyber weapons for a country like ours is the ability to control them. “
” To be perfectly candid, we’re better at stealing other people’s secrets than anyone else in the world. But we self-limit. We steal secrets to keep our citizens free and safe. “
” The point I wanted to make was, as we have moved forward on the war on terrorism, FISA has been increasingly effective in terms of results. “
” Responsibility demands action, and dealing with the immediate threat must naturally be a top priority. “
” ‘End strength’ – the total number of government employees you can have at the end of the year. That’s a separate exercise and requires independent energy, independent effort with the Congress to get the ceiling of your government employees raised. “
” In my heart of hearts, I don’t think it’s a good position to say that Guantanamo is not an acceptable answer for anyone we might capture now or in the future. “
” I blame the Russians for a lot, but pinning the creation of ISIS on them is a murky, tenuous, triple-carom bank shot at best. “
” Dissenting analysts passionate about their positions are not unusual in the American intelligence community. Their presence – or even the rejection – of their favored positions is not prima face evidence of politicization. “
” Accusations fit on a bumper sticker; the truth takes longer. “
” The intelligence community is governed by the same legal and ethical standards as the rest of American government and society, but an operational imperative is here, too. An intelligence community charged with global responsibilities cannot be successful without diversity of thought, culture and language. “
” The intelligence community is governed by the same legal and ethical standards as the rest of American government and society, but an operational imperative is here, too. An intelligence community charged with global responsibilities cannot be successful without diversity of thought, culture and language. “
” If Snowden really claims that his actions amounted to genuine civil disobedience, he should go to some English language bookstore in Moscow and get a copy of Henry David Thoreau’s ‘Civil Disobedience’. “
” A writer of fiction lives in fear. Each new day demands new ideas, and he can never be sure whether he is going to come up with them or not. “
” I know of no government official who would welcome an army of inspectors general combing through four years of emails on their unclassified accounts. That’s why they use government accounts, where the government remains responsible for security, and they don’t mingle personal correspondence with official. “
” People have a right to privacy, but they also have a right to live. Fundamentally, we need cybersecurity and need to secure communications as well. “
” There’s still a lot of things you can legitimately do to make America safe through electronic surveillance. “
” I’m a career Air Force officer. We have a saying in the Air Force: ‘If you want people to be with you at the crash, you’ve got to put them on the manifest.’ And so I was always of the view to almost leave no stone unturned when you’re up there briefing the Hill. “
” Before he played CIA Director Saul Berenson on ‘Homeland,’ a much younger Mandy Patinkin gained some fame as Inigo Montoya, a legendary swordsman, in ‘The Princess Bride.’ “
” My literal responsibility as director of the CIA with regard to covert action was to inform the Congress – not to seek their approval; to inform. “
” Nothing more threatens Vladimir Putin than not being able to track his own citizens. “
” Our inaction created the opportunity for the Russians to reenter the Middle East in a powerful way for the first time since 1973. “
” Anger can be a useful emotion; it’s built into our genetic code to help with self preservation. But it can also be destructive, even when it is justified. “
” Access to the security clearance database would disgorge even more detailed personal information, including the foreign contacts of American officials. “
” After the attacks on September 11th, we all learned lessons. “
” Intelligence is often viewed as a profession that steals secrets and then knits those secrets together for policymakers in order to inform their judgments. “
” The arc of technology is in the direction of unbreakable encryption, and no laws are going to get in the way of that reality. “
” Thoreau points out clearly that civil disobedience gets its moral authority by the willingness to suffer the penalties from disobeying a law, even if you think that law is unjust. “
” Apple and Google want to create encryption for which they could not provide you the key. Their business model will not survive if the American government has a special relationship with them that requires them to surrender this kind of information. “
” In the Cold War, a lot of Soviet actions could be explained as extensions of Czarist imperial ambitions, but that didn’t stop us from studying Marxism in theory and Communism in practice to better understand that adversary. “
” Most of the 9/11 hijackers weren’t married, none of them had families inside the United States, and there’s no evidence that any family members moved before, during, or after 9/11. “
” I have spent my adult life working in American intelligence. It has been quite an honor. Generally well resourced. A global mission. No want of issues. And it was a hell of a ride. “
” If we are going to conduct espionage in the future, we are going to have to make some changes in the relationship between the intelligence community and the public it serves. “
” As director of CIA, I was responsible for everything done in the agency’s name, and it didn’t matter whether that was done by an agency employee, a government contractor, a liaison service on our behalf, or a source on our behalf. “
” What Edward Snowden did amounted to the greatest hemorrhaging of legitimate American secrets in the history of my nation. “
” At the end of the 30 Years War then, Europe broadly decided to separate the sacred from the secular in its political culture. I know that is an oversimplification, but it is instructive, and it led to a growth in religious tolerance that has characterized the best of Western life since. “
” The use of these techniques against these terrorists made us safer. It really did work. “
” This program has been successful in detecting and preventing attacks inside the United States. “
” I told them that free people always had to decide where to draw the line between their liberty and their security. I noted that the attacks would almost certainly push us as a nation more toward security. “
” When asked if I miss being in government, I usually try to lighten the moment by responding that I awake most days, read the paper, and then observe that, ‘It’s yet another great day to be the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency.’ “
” An intelligence analyst may attribute an attack to al Qaeda, whereas a policy maker could opt for the more general ‘extremist.’ “
” There’s this movie, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Some have complained that too many ‘secrets’ were dished out by the intelligence and special operations communities to director Kathryn Bigelow, screenwriter Mark Boal and their crew, part of a broader pattern of using intelligence for political effect. “
” When I was at the CIA I asked my civilian advisory board to tackle some tough questions. Among the toughest: In a political culture that every day demands more transparency and more public accountability from every aspect of national life, could American intelligence continue to survive and succeed? That jury is still out. “
” For all of its well-deserved reputation for pragmatism, American popular culture frequently nurtures or at least tolerates preposterous views and theories. Witness the 9/11 ‘truthers’ who, lacking any evidence whatsoever, claim that 9/11 was a Bush administration plot. “
” Despite a campaign that was based on a very powerful promise of transparency, President Obama, and again in my view quite correctly, has used the state secrets argument in a variety of courts, as much as President Bush. “
” When I was director of the CIA, I knew that we had been – and I’m choosing my words very carefully here – effective in our expansion. We really had – expansion of government agencies and expansion of use of contractors. Effective, we were; efficient, we weren’t. And so, as director of the CIA, I went after the inefficiencies part. “
” Right after 9/11, I mean, every agency can give their own gradation, but a nice, popular rule of thumb is everybody doubled down. I ended up in the NSA with about twice as much money as I had prior to 9/11. “
” It was a long, difficult summer of 2004. That was a leap year, so several things happened – the Olympics and presidential election. And right in the middle of the election campaign – and I don’t think this was an accident – the 9/11 Commission delivers its report. “
” Global security can be formed or threatened by heads of state whose wisdom, folly and obsessions shape global events. But often it is the security practitioners, those rarely in the headlines but whose craft and energy quietly break new ground, who keep us safe or put us in peril. “
” I used to have a little saying I used when people said, ‘What are your priorities?’ I’d give them a bit of government alphabet soup. I’d say ‘CTCPROW: Counterterrorism, counterproliferation, rest of the world.’ “
” Right after 9/11, I mean, every agency can give their own gradation, but a nice, popular rule of thumb is everybody doubled down. I ended up in NSA with about twice as much money as I had prior to 9/11. “
” There is no part of the executive branch that more exists on the outer edge of executive prerogative than the American intelligence community – the intelligence community, CIA, covert action. My literal responsibility as director of CIA with regard to covert action was to inform the Congress – not to seek their approval, to inform. “
” ThinThread was not the program of record of my predecessor, Ken Minihan, OK. I did not make ThinThread the program of record while I was director. After I left in 2005, Keith Alexander also chose not to make ThinThread the program of record. “
” American political elites feel very empowered to criticize the American intelligence community for not doing enough when they feel in danger, and as soon as we’ve made them feel safe again, they feel equally empowered to complain that we’re doing too much. “