Open letter signed by 50 Republican national security experts warning that nominee Donald Trump "would be the most reckless president" in US history
Incoherent blather from General Hayden from 24th minute.
From 28th minute
General Hayden presided over the shredding of the Fourth Amendment when Obama and Bush spied over every American with their electronic equipment.
On the question of the letter, I think Mr Trump should be delighted. Two days from now is twenty years since Osama Bin Laden declared war on us, and everything we have tried to do has been negative. All of the young men and women who have lost lives and limbs in Iraq and Afghanistan did it for nothing. There's no freedom there, there's no liberty there and in the course of these unnecessary wars there is less liberty at home.
But you know how important the role of the President is as Commander in Chief and these are fifty senior Republicans and many of them hold very high positions in different administrations and they say he is going to be the most reckless President in American history and has many dangerous qualities.
More reckless than Obama who just paid $400,000,000 to ransom four Americans? His State Department and your Foreign Ministries in Europe connived with the Ukrainian opposition to bring down a pro-Russian government and re-started the Cold War. What could be more reckless than that?
Well, I think the argument goes to temperament, doesn't it? You can have policy differences and people may well disagree with the direction that President Obama has taken but what these Republicans are saying crosses the political divide - is that his temperament makes him unsuitable for the job?
I would prefer him not to be so vocal at times, but I also like someone who says what they think and what he says is that America should come first. As we speak, I'm looking at pictures of British Special Forces operating in Syria. We were out of the Iraq-Syria mess and now we are back into it. What kind of governments do we have? We are letting in unvetted Syrians and I read in your press this morning that you're going to give political asylum to Muslim Brotherhood people from Egypt. I think the old gang which is represented by the list we are speaking of deserves to be retired and deserves to be ignored.
But interestingly you say you wish he wouldn't be quite so vocal - and you may be right about that - and the way we judge him by is the kind of thing he's saying on the campaign trail and that is giving some people the impression that he is reckless such as the people who signed the Republican letter.
I can't speak for your media but I don't mind what he says except for the fact that the media here is in a tank this morning for Hillary Clinton. You played a clip from ABC in America and of course their main person George Stephanopoulos is owned by the Clintons and as a journalist gives money to the Clinton Foundation and other Clinton Organisations ...
Well, that might be the case but it's not the case with the people who signed this letter, is it?
Oh, the people who signed the letter! If you go down the list, they're the ones who want America to be intervening everywhere around the world. They're the New World Order people, they're the ones who brought us all these unnecessary wars. If you go down the list, there is also at least thirty people who prize the interests of Israel more than the interests of the United States, and that's the real rub for a lot of them, that's the real rub for the Republicans, that America is no longer going to get involved fighting Israel's wars.
Dr Michael Scheuer, many thanks for joining us.