NSA director Michael Hayden has confirmed that in the weeks after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, he rang winsome Carly asking her to quickly provide his agency with HP computer servers for expanded surveillance.
He needed the HP servers so the NSA could implement “Stellar Wind” which was a controversial warrantless wiretapping programme, including the bulk collection of American citizens’ phone records and emails that had been secretly ordered by the Bush White House.
“Carly, I need stuff and I need it now,” Hayden recalled telling Fiorina.
Fiorina redirected trucks of HP computer servers that were on their way to retail stores from a warehouse in Tennessee to the Washington Beltway. They were then escorted by NSA security to the gates of agency headquarters in Fort Mead. Fiorina said she felt it was her duty to help.
“They were ramping up a whole set of programmes and needed a lot of data crunching capability to try and monitor a whole set of threats. …What I knew at the time was our nation had been attacked,” she said.
When Hayden became CIA director in 2006, he named Fiorina as chair of an agency external advisory board consisting of former top intelligence officials, generals and business leaders.
She made regular trips to CIA HQ including overseeing one specific project requested by Hayden keeping CIA undercover espionage missions secret from government leaks and demands for greater public accountability and openness.
Fiorina is trying to position herself as a “hawk” and is in favour of lots of re-arming and more snooping. She was also critical of those poor CIA people who got into trouble over waterboarding,
Fiorina rejected the conclusions of a senate report into waterboarding “disingenuous” and “a shame” that “undermined the morale of a whole lot of people who dedicated their lives to keeping the country safe.”
We used to call her the corporate axe woman during her time at HP, it looks like the those who suffered from her sharpened blade got off lightly.