Former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden calls for Tommy Tuberville’s assassination

 October 11, 2023

Former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden has sparked controversy with a comment suggesting Senator Tommy Tuberville's removal from the "human race."

In a recent development, Breitbart reported that Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) has reported former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden to the Capitol Police. This action was in response to Hayden's comment on a social media post that asked if Tuberville should be removed from his committee. Hayden's reply was, "How about the human race?"

Hayden's comment seen as a threat

The Senator from Alabama perceived this message as an endorsement of "politically motivated assassination." The nature of this comment has raised eyebrows, especially given Hayden's prominent position as an adviser for NewsGuard, a self-proclaimed "media tracker."

NewsGuard is an organization that claims to assess the "reliability" of news outlets. However, it has been criticized for favoring certain media outlets, particularly those with a left-leaning bias, while targeting right-wing websites.

Senator Tuberville was swift in expressing his disdain for Hayden's comment. He described the statement as "disgusting" and contrary to American values. He further emphasized that such a remark from someone with Hayden's extensive experience in Washington amounts to a serious crime.

Reactions and further allegations

In a statement released on Tuesday, Tuberville expressed his disappointment over the lack of condemnation from congressional Democrats regarding Hayden's comment. He noted that instead of condemning him, some Democrats continued to target him.

He lamented, "General Hayden is just the latest in a long line of Washington Leftists who have engaged in reckless rhetoric against me over the past few months. This must stop, and it must stop now."

Furthermore, Tuberville criticized Hayden for his role in "some of the biggest failures" in American intelligence history. He linked Hayden to intelligence shortcomings related to the 9/11 attacks and the absence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The Senator also accused Hayden of spreading misinformation about Hunter Biden's laptop to aid Joe Biden's presidential campaign.

Steps taken by Tuberville

Senator Tuberville confirmed that his office has reported the incident to the Capitol Police. He expressed confidence in their ability to protect members of Congress and ensure justice is served.

"How about the human race?"

Such a statement, coming from a former director of two major intelligence agencies, has understandably caused a stir in political circles. The implications of the comment and the subsequent reactions highlight the tense political climate and the potential dangers of inflammatory rhetoric.

It remains to be seen how this situation will unfold and what consequences, if any, Hayden will face for his comment. However, one thing is clear: words have power, and in the world of politics, they can have far-reaching consequences.

Conclusion and reflections

As we reflect on this incident, several key points emerge:

  • Former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden's comment on Senator Tommy Tuberville has ignited controversy.
  • Senator Tuberville reported the comment to the Capitol Police, viewing it as a call for "politically motivated assassination."
  • Hayden's association with NewsGuard, a media tracking organization, adds another layer to the story.
  • The lack of condemnation from some quarters and the continued targeting of Tuberville by certain individuals underscores the polarized political environment.
  • Words, especially from influential figures, can have significant implications in the political arena.

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