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As Bush Weighs New CIA Director, Rockefeller Says Don't Pick a Politician
AP ^ | 6-25-04 | Katherine Pfleger

Posted on 06/25/2004 4:47:19 PM PDT by Indy Pendance

WASHINGTON (AP) - As President Bush narrows the field of candidates for CIA director, a senior Senate Democrat is questioning the idea that he might choose spy-turned-congressman Porter Goss, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller, top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Friday it would be a mistake to let a politician - "any politician from either party" - succeed CIA Director George Tenet, who leaves next month.

Administration officials have said Bush is considering at least two people, including Goss. Rockefeller said he was concerned about the reports.

"The debacle related to Iraq's weapons of mass destruction has damaged the credibility of the intelligence community and the image of the United States around the world," Rockefeller said. "We need a director that is not only knowledgeable and capable but unquestionably independent."

The White House hasn't said who else is being considered. Outside speculation has included Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage and former Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Ga.

White House spokesman Dan Bartlett said Bush has not made a decision, and has not given any indication when he will. "Sometime this year," Bartlett said.

Bush could wait until after the election to avoid drawing attention to intelligence controversies during Senate confirmation.

However, with heightened concerns that terrorists may try to attack before the elections, Bush could decide he wants to have a permanent replacement during the sensitive time - though the president has expressed confidence in Tenet's deputy John McLaughlin, who will take over as acting director.

Senior Senate Intelligence Committee members, including Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, have not been given an indication about what's ahead, congressional aides said. One Republican official said Goss has told associates that, as far as he knows, the deal is not done.

But the focus has shifted to the congressman.

A native of Connecticut, Goss worked for the CIA's clandestine service for about a decade, until a sudden illness led him to leave in the early 1970s. Other retired operatives persuaded him to come to sunny Sanibel, Fla., for recovery. He got involved in local politics and has called the seaside community home for more than 30 years.

A Yale graduate like Bush, Goss, 65, has served in Congress for 16 years and has chaired the Intelligence Committee for nearly eight. He planned to make his 2000 election bid his last, but decided to stay on after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

He co-chaired a congressional inquiry that said countless miscalculations helped prevent authorities from stopping the attacks.

Goss has declined to comment on the CIA director vacancy beyond saying the decision is up to Bush.

He rejects any suggestion that his ties to "The Company" make him less willing to criticize the CIA. "I'm very proud to have served in the agency. It gives me a perspective but not an obligation" to be supportive, he has said.

The 75-page intelligence authorization bill, which passed the House this week, contained a section criticizing the CIA's clandestine service, which did not go unnoticed among the CIA's senior leadership or the rank-and-file personnel that Goss might someday lead.

After years of trying to "convince, suggest, urge, entice, cajole, and pressure" the CIA to make wide-reaching changes to the way it conducts its clandestine mission, the legislation says, the committee believes the agency "continues down a road leading over a proverbial cliff."

Tenet, known as a defender of agency personnel, fired off a curt letter to Goss Wednesday, saying he was surprised by the tone and content, and found some judgments "absurd" and "ill-informed."


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: cia; ciadirector; intelligence; jayrockefeller; portergoss

1 posted on 06/25/2004 4:47:19 PM PDT by Indy Pendance
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To: Indy Pendance

Why might a democrat NOT want a Republican president to select a "politician" to head the CIA?


2 posted on 06/25/2004 4:49:33 PM PDT by bannie (Liberal Media: The Most Dangerous Enemies to America and Freedom)
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To: Indy Pendance
CNN is reporting that the nominee is Goss. Looks like ole Jay made Dubya's mind up for him.

First the New Ad, Then Cheney tells Leahy off, now Dubya calls Rocky's bluff -- Looks like we are finally taking the gloves off!

3 posted on 06/25/2004 4:58:25 PM PDT by commish (Freedom Tastes Sweetest to Those Who Have Fought to Preserve It)
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To: commish
Looks like we are finally taking the gloves off!

Putting in good ol' boy Goss is taking the gloves off?

And poking your fist in your own eye. If Dubya does that, he's fully as stupid as his enemies give him credit for.

4 posted on 06/25/2004 5:05:17 PM PDT by DonaldDuke
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To: commish; gilliam; McGruff; swarthyguy; Destro; SJackson; Sabertooth

the new director is something that should have been put on hold till after the elections,Since the appointment might bias some of the news media even further.

However given the level of al qaeda activity in iraq, if anything happens with a new director not in place, the liberals wouldn't miss the opportunity to ruin GOP in the elections.
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5 posted on 06/25/2004 5:20:08 PM PDT by jerrydavenport
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To: Indy Pendance
Hey Jay! I've got an idea.

Go tell the Vice President and get his reaction!

6 posted on 06/25/2004 5:23:50 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: commish
I don't know about "taking the gloves off", but Goss is a good choice, and if the Democrats dare fight the nomination, they will get creamed in the press for playing politics with this critical position.
7 posted on 06/25/2004 5:46:30 PM PDT by YaYa123 (@"Corruption"...thy name is Clinton.com)
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To: YaYa123

Goos is a good CIA man, no Kim Philby- thats why the left hates him.


8 posted on 06/25/2004 6:07:58 PM PDT by Mustangcountry (I'm sorry for my indiscretions Lord moderator, forgive me for I have sinned.)
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To: Mustangcountry

the agency is in need of massive reforms, and alot of dismissals. will Goss, a former insider, do that? unlikely.


9 posted on 06/25/2004 6:12:54 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: oceanview

Right, what we need is a Harvard Business School Graduate who ran one of the productless dot com companies.


10 posted on 06/25/2004 6:15:45 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: jwalsh07

no, we need James Baker or Rudy Giuliani.


11 posted on 06/25/2004 6:16:54 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: oceanview

I'd also take Zell Miller.


12 posted on 06/25/2004 6:17:30 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: oceanview

No we need somebody who understands tradecraft and DC. Thats Porter Goss.


13 posted on 06/25/2004 6:17:46 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: jwalsh07
No we need somebody who understands tradecraft

Yeah right. Truly illuminated ;>. You'd have the CIA director out doing dead drops, no doubt.

14 posted on 06/25/2004 7:27:26 PM PDT by DonaldDuke
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To: oceanview
Horsecrap. A "former insider" William Casey kicked the lefties out in the 80's and Goss shares Casey's patriotic beliefs along with a heavy dose of knowledge concerning inteligence operations. I mean come on look at who the Dems are backing for the job...


15 posted on 06/25/2004 9:01:50 PM PDT by Mustangcountry (Is it just me or is David Brock lying about his previous truths?)
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To: oceanview

What world are you living in as to chose James Baker?


16 posted on 06/25/2004 9:03:01 PM PDT by Mustangcountry (Is it just me or is David Brock lying about his previous truths?)
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To: Indy Pendance
Goss?!?!?

Drat, I thought I had the job locked up :-(

17 posted on 06/26/2004 5:04:58 AM PDT by Condor51 (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. -- Gen G. Patton Jr)
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To: Mustangcountry

he is a tough guy, no nonsense, with a get things done attitude. his leadership during the florida election battle was top notch. he has no political agenda.


18 posted on 06/26/2004 4:32:43 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: DonaldDuke
Truly illuminated? Is that Japenglish?

What we need Mr Duck is somebody that understands that doing business with bad guys is the way to do covert business. Thankfully, you and those like you don't have squat to say about the matter.

19 posted on 06/26/2004 7:28:20 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: oceanview

What the CIA needs is another "Wild Bill" Donovan.


20 posted on 06/26/2004 8:22:39 PM PDT by wolficatZ (_><))))*>__\0/__<*((((><__"ABBOTT!!!!"__)
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