The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee says there's no way to judge President Bush's nominee for CIA chief without understanding what's been going on at the nation's most secret spy agency.
Republican Pat Roberts will be among the congressional intelligence members getting a full briefing this afternoon on National Security Agency surveillance. The Capitol Hill appearance by the head of the N-S-A comes just 24 hours before confirmation hearings start on General Michael Hayden.
Hayden's past jobs include N-S-A director. He would have been in charge of the administration's program to monitor phone calls made overseas to suspected terrorists. And he would have started the agency's reputed collection of (m) millions of Americans' phone calling records.