Monday, May 08, 2006

AP: Kerry 'Troubled' by Hayden Nomination

NASHUA, N.H. - Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic nominee for president in 2004 and a possible contender in 2008, told a firefighters' union Monday that he had "serious reservations" about the nomination of Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden to head the

"I'm very troubled by the nomination because he is one of the main supporters representing Donald Rumsfeld who helped to put in place the programs of spying on Americans and has been one of the biggest defenders of it," Kerry said.

..."We passed the law that gave them all the ability to protect America, which I obviously want to do, but to protect America and also protect the constitution," Kerry told reporters after a formal speech to the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire.

"We gave them a court that they could go to on the shortest notice necessary. If they need to fix (the law), we'll help them fix it, but we want to do it in a way that honors America's respect for our constitution," he said.

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