The retired spymaster was speaking at a Washington Post forum on cyber security recently when he acknowledged that NSA leaker Edward Snowden has been nominated for a human rights award. Hayden quipped, “I must admit in my darker moments over the past several months, I’d also thought of nominating Mr. Snowden but it was for a different list.”

The Obama administration, which unsuccessfully sought to get Snowden returned from Russia where he has been granted asylum, is known to maintain a list of terrorists for killing via drone strike. U.S. citizens have not only found their way onto that list, some have been killed. Islamist hate preacher Anwar al-Awlaki and his 16-year-old son were both killed in separate drone strikes in Yemen. They were U.S. citizens. Awlaki had exorted Muslims including Nidal Hasan to kill Americans. Hasan carried out a massacre at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009 while he shouted “Allahu Akbar!” He sits on death row, while the Obama administration characterizes his terrorist attack as “workplace violence.”