Former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden was heckled by attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday after referring to himself as an “unrelenting libertarian.”
Hayden’s statement came shortly after a speech by Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Naptolitano in which he repeatedly pointed to the NSA’s unabashed and unconstitutional activities surrounding dragnet surveillance.
“Let’s talk about reality. Let’s talk about facts. The judge is an unrelenting libertarian,” Hayden said to extended applause.
As the crowd continued their positive response, Hayden interrupted by stating that he himself held identical views.
“So am I,” Hayden said to audible confusion. “I’m an unrelenting libertarian who’s also responsible for four decades of his life for another important part of that document, the part that says ‘provide for the common defense.'”
Audience members immediately reacted to the claim with boos and protest, prompting one attendee to shout, “No, you’re not!” as Hayden continued his speech.
Since the revelations of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Hayden has begun attending debates across the country in an attempt to restore the agency’s tarnished reputation.
Hayden’s disdain for the rule of law, transparency and the American public becomes increasingly apparent with each passing sentence, as admittedly false talking points continue to pepper his speeches.
Less than one month ago during a speech at Washington and Lee University, Hayden stated that he used his own “mature judgment” to rewrite the Constitution in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks without congressional or presidential authorization.
Hayden made similar statements in late 2013 during an interview with USA Today, where he argued against the use of court warrants as outlined in the Fourth Amendment.
That same year Hayden also advocated for Chinese-style Internet censorship, bemoaning the fact that people can avoid being totally surveilled while online.
“The problem I have with the Internet is that it’s anonymous,” Hayden said during a speech at St. John’s Episcopal Church.
In reality, the NSA has failed to provide one instance in which a terrorist attack was stopped with global surveillance despite claims from Hayden.
As noted by multiple whistleblowers including former NSA Technical Director William Binney, the NSA’s true intent is to collect every digital communication in existence.
“It’s being used to set up the way and means to control the population,” Binney said during a December interview on the Alex Jones Show. “I’ve been referring to it as the new Stasi agency because that’s exactly what the Stasi did, they had files on everyone…”