Senate Report on CIA Torture

Michael Hayden

Michael Hayden was CIA director from May 2006 to February 2009. Hayden was probably the Bush Administration official who most consistently misled Congress and the administration; the torture report contains approximately 37 pages of examples of Hayden’s testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee where he provided misleading or incorrect information. Highlights of this false testimony include:

“Michael Hayden sent a letter to the president formally requesting that the president issue the Executive Order interpreting the Geneva Conventions in a manner to allow the CIA to interrogate [a detainee] using the CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques.”  On the day of George W. Bush's September 2006 speech, which contained several inaccuracies about the success of the program, Hayden stated “we stand by our story.” Hayden also stated that "after unspecified 'techniques' were used, Abu Zubaydah revealed information that led to the capture of another terrorist, Ramzi Bin al-Shibh," when in fact, "American officials had identified Mr. bin al-Shibh's role in the [September 11] attacks months before Mr. Zubaydah's capture." He provided misleading information to the New York Times, and told Time Magazine that detainees in black sites gave "original lead information." Hayden also prepared a statement for a briefing to President Obama’s transitions team according to which “these [enhanced interrogation] techniques and this program did work.”