Tuesday, August 10

Revolving Door

by justmy2 @ 8/10/2004 05:58:00 PM

Porter Goss is the current Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. This committee just happened to be responsible for oversight of the CIA during one of its largest failures ever as reported by the Senate Intelligence report

He is also the man who made the following statement about the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame last October

Rep. Porter Goss said Thursday that the uproar over allegations that White House officials purposely identified a covert CIA agent appears largely political and doesn't yet merit an investigation by the House Select Committee on Intelligence, which he chairs.

"Somebody sends me a blue dress and some DNA, I'll have an investigation," Goss said.

If you are the President of the United States, what do you do?


President Bush on Tuesday nominated U.S. Rep. Porter Goss to lead the CIA, an intelligence agency that has been under fire and under the microscope since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

"He knows the CIA inside and out," Bush said of Goss, an eight-term Republican congressman from Florida, the House intelligence chief and a former CIA officer. "He is the right man to lead this important agency at this critical moment in our nation's history."

He may very well be the right guy for the job. However, questions like
"What did he do in his oversight position to demonstrate his leadership capabilities," must be asked.

'For the past seven-plus years, I have been working to refit the intelligence community for its future . . . to posture it for the days ahead. We have always worked hard on the committee to create a constituency for intelligence inside and outside of this institution. We have insisted that the committee be both supportive advocates and constructive overseers.'

The report on the bill by Goss' panel sharply criticized the CIA for 'ignoring its core missional activities' and having 'a dysfunctional denial of any need for corrective action.'

In an unusually frank letter, Tenet wrote Goss that his criticism was 'ill informed' and 'frankly absurd.'

Apparently, the former CIA Director isn't so sure he is the "right man"


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