Suzanne Bates is the policy director for the Yankee Institute for Public Policy. She lives in South Windsor with her family. Follow her on Twitter @suzebates.
Last week after the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program — more commonly called the “torture report” — former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden did the rounds on the cable and network news shows defending himself and others for the parts they played in the program in the years after the 2001 terrorist attacks.
Just last month Hayden was in New Haven, giving the keynote speech at a dinner capping off a day-long conference, sponsored by the William F. Buckley Program at Yale, on the 50th anniversary of the publication of James Burnham’s Suicide of the West.
I was at Hayden’s November speech, and as I read the news about the Senate report this week I thought about his remarks, and the defense he gave of the actions of the NSA and CIA during President George W. Bush’s two terms in office.
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