April 20th, 2009
02:10 PM ET
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Obama visiting CIA after memos' release

President Obama will speak Monday with the workforce at the CIA headquarters.
President Obama will speak Monday with the workforce at the CIA headquarters.

(CNN) – President Obama on Monday will visit CIA headquarters amid criticism from an ex-CIA chief that he compromised national security last week by releasing Bush-era memos on interrogation tactics.

The president will meet with CIA Director Leon Panetta, Deputy Director Stephen Kappes and other officials as well as talk to employees about the importance of the agency's mission to national security.

Obama's visit comes a day after former CIA Director Michael Hayden said the decision to release the four memos undermined the work the agency is doing.

Hayden, President Bush's CIA director from 2006 to 2009, said the release of the memos emboldens terrorist groups such as al Qaeda.

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  1. Mississippi Mike

    Obama is not a popular man at the CIA. His release of sensitive memos has damaged our national security and decreased morale at the CIA. CIA personnel have to be wondering who will be outed next. By calling out CIA employees and showing their communications to the world he has lost the confidence of the intelligence community and shown our enemies that he is capable of doing more damage to the US then they are.

    April 20, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    He should meet with them, on his hands and knees, begging for forgiveness. Its a wonder the CIA can get anyone to work for them after Nobama screwed things up telling all.

    April 20, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. Samuel

    The CIA compromised national security when they followed through on state sanctioned torture.

    America is NOT SUPPOSED TO TORTURE.

    There's nothing difficult to understand about that, is there?

    Besides, those memos didn't release any information that we didn't already know about. What it did do is show exactly how far they went in torturing individuals.

    Getting information - it's pretty much a given that torture happens and extreme methods are used by the American government. However, that does not give the goverment the right to order state sanctioned torture.

    April 20, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. midwest jeff

    I guess he found someone else to apologize to, or maybe that's just foreign countries and he chastises our own.

    April 20, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Gene

    I love these people who say that releasing this information will be detrimental to our security. If there's anyone who already knows which torture techniques we used, it would be the enemy. The only ones that were kept in the dark about it were the American people.

    And.. by saying that we're not going to torture.. doesn't that eliminate having to train for things that we're not going to be doing anymore anyway?

    April 20, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. Scott the Independent

    I say clean out a few of them and the others will fall in line; enough with the talk back from those serving at the pleasure of the President.

    April 20, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. gt

    why dont the presiednt just give the names and address of our agents while he is at it...

    April 20, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. C W

    When you name something, you gain power over it. By releasing the memos, Obama has shown he has faith in the American people that we can reclaim our standing as leaders of the free world.

    The torture conducted under the Cheney/Bush Administration was, besides being ineffective in gaining reliable intelligence, in keeping with despots and dictators throughout history.

    We are a better people than that – and Obama and everyone who voted for him knows it!

    April 20, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. fred

    OBwan needs to send Hayden a message and call him on the carpet PDQ.Chew him out but good.

    April 20, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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