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  • Former CIA counterterror chief: Pelosi was briefed in 2002 about waterboarding and didn’t object

    05/01/2012 6:38:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/01/2012 | AllahPundit
    Ah, I remember spending a solid month on this story back in spring 2009 when Obama and Cheney were having their war of words over enhanced interrogation. Porter Goss claimed that he and she were both briefed on waterboarding in September 2002 as members of the House intel committee, a hugely incendiary accusation given Pelosi’s status as Speaker and therefore an anti-torture liberal light. Pelosi contended that, in the NYT’s words, “the lawmakers were told only that the C.I.A. believed the methods were legal — not that they were going to be used.” Then, as the media turned up the...
  • What Congress Knew (about interrogations)

    05/08/2009 8:42:07 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies · 547+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 9, 2009
    On September 4, 2002, Porter Goss, then the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Nancy Pelosi, the ranking Democratic member, were given a classified briefing by the CIA on what the Agency calls "enhanced interrogation techniques," or, in persistent media parlance, "torture." In particular, the CIA briefed the members on the use of these techniques on Abu Zubaydah, a high-ranking al Qaeda operative captured in Pakistan the previous March. Abu Zubaydah was a name the future Speaker was already familiar with. That spring, information obtained from the terrorist had the FBI and other government agencies scrambling...
  • Democrats’ Attack on CIA … Now Total Retreat by Pelosi’s Forces

    05/06/2009 12:54:38 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 37 replies · 1,803+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | May 6, 2009 | Corky Boyd
    Two weeks ago Democrats were in full attack mode, intending to prosecute any and all who “tortured” enemy combatants. Thanks to the backbone of some former senior CIA folks and I might add, the Washington Post, there has been an abject reversal, culminating in a letter from the House Intelligence Committee to all CIA personnel. Here's the story. Recently the CIA has come under assault recently like no other time. The first insult was the appointment as Director of Leon Panetta, a political hack with no previous intelligence experience. The agency soon became a punching bag, in an orgy of...
  • Ex-CIA chiefs slowed ‘torture memos’ release (but Traitor Obama did it anyway!)

    04/17/2009 5:39:44 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 48 replies · 1,693+ views
    msnbc ^ | 4/17/2009 | ap
    Four former CIA directors opposed releasing classified Bush-era interrogation memos, officials say, describing objections that went all the way to the White House and slowed release of the records. Former CIA chiefs Michael Hayden, Porter Goss, George Tenet and John Deutch all called the White House in March warning that release of the so-called "torture memos" would compromise intelligence operations, current and former officials say. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in order to detail internal government discussions. President Barack Obama ultimately overruled those concerns after internal discussions that intensified in the weeks after the former directors intervened. The...
  • Biased NY Times And Post Badmouth Bush

    07/26/2006 4:27:38 AM PDT · by linwms · 16 replies · 898+ views ^ | July 2, 2006 | Lindsey Wilger Williams
    July 2, 2006Biased Times And Post Badmouth Bush The New York Times has done it again – laced Uncle Sam’s feet in a sack for the race between liberty and terrorism.  It revealed last week a secret monitoring program for international electronic bank transfers between Al Queda cells.This was done legally with cooperation of the Brussels-based Worldwide Interbank for Financial Telecommunication.  The “Gray Lady” of journalism (so called presumably for venerable age) considered this an encore for a similar, irresponsible revelation last December.  In that, the Times asserted the National Security Agency (NSA) was tapping illegally into telephone calls...
  • Peter King: I'll Probe CIA 'Orgies'

    06/02/2006 8:11:43 AM PDT · by Carl/NewsMax · 158 replies · 3,073+ views ^ | June 2, 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King is lashing out at his fellow Republicans in Washington after Homeland Security Czar Michael Chertoff cut anti-terrorism funding for New York City, warning Thursday morning that unless the cuts are restored, he'll launch an investigation into what he called "orgies" involving CIA agents at the Watergate hotel. "[The cut] to me raises very serious questions about the judgment and the sincerity of the Department [of Homeland Security] and everything they do," King told WABC Radio's John Gambling. "If they can't get something like this right, how can we trust them to get anything...
  • Hastert hot over CIA chief's firing [goes off on Cheney]

    05/18/2006 12:07:48 PM PDT · by AntiGuv · 36 replies · 1,714+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 18, 2006 | Robert Novak
    House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, a 64-year-old ex-high school wrestling coach, ordinarily is not a shouter. But according to Capitol Hill sources, he engaged in a high-decibel rant last week when he met with Vice President Dick Cheney. The speaker was enraged by the sacking of his friend and former colleague, Porter Goss. Hastert was so vituperative that a private session with President Bush in the living quarters of the White House was scheduled immediately (although Hastert aides said the meeting had been planned previously). The speaker toned down his volume on the hallowed ground and did more listening than...
  • Symposium: China: Time Bomb Walking

    05/18/2006 11:12:08 AM PDT · by Paul Ross · 29 replies · 1,026+ views
    FrontPageMag ^ | April 21, 2006 | Jamie Glazov
    Symposium: China: Time Bomb WalkingAs President Bush met with Chinese President Hu Jintao at the White House this week, the issue of China’s rise as a global superpower took center stage. Serious concerns are mounting in Washington in regards to China’s increasingly aggressive global posturing. Indeed, Beijing continues to militarily threaten Taiwan, to support a nuclear North Korea, and to forge alliances with anti-American regimes everywhere, including with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Iran’s nuclear-aspiring Mullahs. As the military and economic threat of Beijing becomes increasingly apparent, the question arises: were we complicit in creating this communist monster? If we were,...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Culture of arrogance hampers CIA

    05/18/2006 2:43:39 AM PDT · by rhema · 15 replies · 816+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 5/18/05 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Porter Goss has just resigned his post as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. His executive director, Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, is apparently under investigation. Goss' designated successor, Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, faces a tough confirmation fight. What is going on at our premier intelligence agency? The Goss appointment, back in September 2004, was yet another political effort to deal with serial leaking of CIA classified information. Many agency analysts, both employed and retired, have been in veritable revolt against the general strategy of the war against terror — in particular, the effort to depose Saddam Hussein and birth a...
  • CIA Official's Home, Office Searched

    05/12/2006 10:08:59 AM PDT · by Dont Mention the War · 73 replies · 4,140+ views
    AP ^ | May 12, 2006 | Katherine Shrader
    CIA Official's Home, Office SearchedBy KATHERINE SHRADER, Associated Press Writer Law enforcement officials executed search warrants Friday on the house and office of CIA's outgoing executive director, the FBI said. The agency's third ranking official, Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, has been under investigation by the FBI, IRS, Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the CIA's inspector general, said FBI spokeswoman April Langwell in San Diego. Under a sealed warrant, officials searched Foggo's Virginia home and his office at the CIA's Langley, Va., campus, Langwell said. She could provide no other details.
  • Val for DCI

    05/08/2006 8:15:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 620+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 5/8/2006 | Jed Babbin
    Valerie Plame should be the next Director of Central Intelligence, not Gen. Mike Hayden. Now that the CIA's Praetorian Guard has -- with the connivance of National Intelligence Director John Negroponte -- rid itself of Porter Goss, the CIA is confidently preparing to march back into the intelligence dark ages that preceded 9/11. Gen. Hayden -- former head of the National Intelligence Agency and most famous for his strong defense of the NSA terrorist surveillance program -- is slated to be nominated for the DCI post today. Hayden, now Negroponte's deputy and choice for DCI, will face tough questioning in...
  • General Hayden to Replace Porter Goss as CIA chief

    05/05/2006 8:39:53 PM PDT · by John Geyer · 247 replies · 8,946+ views
    CNN just broke on Anderson Cooper 360 that former NSA Chief General Hayden will replace Goss as the head of the CIA. It hasn't been announced yet by the president though.
  • Hayden considered pride of (Pittsburgh) North Side

    05/07/2006 10:17:18 AM PDT · by NorthEasterner · 7 replies · 403+ views
    Tribune-Review ^ | May 7,2006 | David M. Brown
    Hayden considered pride of (Pittsburgh) North Side By David M. Brown TRIBUNE-REVIEW Sunday, May 7, 2006 Air Force Gen. Michael V. Hayden, the highest-ranking intelligence officer in the U.S. armed forces who could be President Bush's choice to head the Central Intelligence Agency, is a highly intelligent and hard-working man who learned valuable lessons growing up in Pittsburgh, according to former teachers and a classmate.
  • CIA chief quits after 'Hookergate'

    05/07/2006 1:50:56 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 92 replies · 3,446+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | May 07, 2006 | Sarah Baxter
    ALL the ingredients for a spy thriller involving prostitutes, poker, a congressman called Randy and parties at the legendary Watergate complex may lie behind the sudden resignation of Porter Goss as director of the CIA last Friday. The saga has already been named “Hookergate” and the CIA is buzzing with rumours that there is more to Goss’s departure than meets the eye. The timing is certainly curious, coming hard on the heels of the CIA’s confirmation last week that Kyle “Dusty” Foggo, the number three in the nation’s spy centre who was hand-picked by Goss, had attended poker games at...
  • Negroponte's Porter ~ More on the CIA's departing Porter Goss

    05/06/2006 1:10:27 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 47 replies · 1,466+ views
    Slate ^ | Saturday, May 6, 2006, at 6:15 AM ET | Michael Brus
    The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post all lead with the forced resignation of CIA Director Porter Goss after only 18 months on the job. President Bush is expected to appoint a replacement next week. The NYT and Post seem pretty certain that the replacement will be Air Force General Michael V. Hayden, who is currently a deputy for John Negroponte, the director of national intelligence.A former GOP congressman, Goss was CIA director for only a few months before Bush effectively demoted him by making Negroponte his boss. Negroponte, not Goss, now gives the president his daily...
  • CIA boss Goss is cooked; Tied to contractor's poker parties

    05/06/2006 9:08:50 AM PDT · by churchillbuff · 140 replies · 4,354+ views
    Daily News ^ | May 6 06 | Daily News
    CIA Director Porter Goss abruptly resigned yesterday amid allegations that he and a top aide may have attended Watergate poker parties where bribes and prostitutes were provided to a corrupt congressman.
  • Rumors swirl that CIA head quit so he could run for U.S. Senate against Bill Nelson

    05/06/2006 8:48:09 AM PDT · by FloridianBushFan · 22 replies · 1,159+ views
    Naple News ^ | Saturday, May 6, 2006 | By Larry Hannan (Contact), Charlie Whitehead (Contact)
    News that Porter Goss had resigned as director of the Central Intelligence Agency fueled speculation he'd make a bid for the U.S. Senate. Southwest Florida officials expressed their surprise Friday at his resignation as they lined up to praise the longtime former congressman from Southwest Florida for his decades of service. Some expressed the hope that he will run for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Tallahassee. Soon after the announcement was made in Washington around 1:45 p.m. Friday, rumors began to swirl in the nation's capital and in Tallahassee that Goss resigned so he could...
  • Employment drops on Goss watch

    05/05/2006 3:37:32 PM PDT · by bert · 28 replies · 1,784+ views
    Fox News Special Report | 05/06/06 | Bert
    Senator Pat Roberts being interviewed by Jim Angle said that the number of employees at CIA dropped from 100,000 to 75,000 during the Goss tenure.
  • CIA Director Goss Resigns after Non-Stop INTERNAL CIA ATTACKS by Democrat Plants

    05/05/2006 12:19:03 PM PDT · by woodb01 · 116 replies · 5,606+ views
    Goss Resignation is a frightening sign Porter Goss was brought into the CIA to try to reform the organization. Mr. Goss was expected to bring about badly needed changes in the U.S. spy organization that is increasingly at the center of so many controversies. However, Goss never had a chance. Rarely reported by the very biased media, much of the CIA and the U.S. Justice Department was "cleared out" during the Clinton Administration. Many of the key legal organizations responsible for America's security and stability were then staffed by Hillary Clinton handpicked staffers. Some of them hired from the outside,...
  • CIA boss in surprise resignation ~ Mr Goss said: "I believe the agency is on a very even keel,....

    05/05/2006 11:54:47 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 96 replies · 2,808+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, 5 May 2006, 18:45 GMT 19:45 UK | staff
    CIA boss in surprise resignation Porter Goss's resignation surprised friends and pundits alike US President George Bush has unexpectedly announced that the head of the CIA, Porter Goss, is stepping down.No reason was given for the move. Mr Goss has served in the role for less than two years, since being chosen by Mr Bush to replace George Tenet. He was given the job of reforming the agency after a series of intelligence failures, particularly in relation to the 11 September attacks. Mr Bush said Mr Goss had "a tough job and he led ably". Mr Goss said: "I...
  • AP - Source: CIA Director Goss Resigns

    05/05/2006 10:52:38 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 99 replies · 4,363+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/5/06 | AP
    WASHINGTON - CIA Director Porter Goss has resigned, a senior administration official said. President Bush, who has been making staff changes at the White House to reinvigoriate his second term, was making another personnel announcement Friday. Bush's new chief of staff, Joshua Bolten, has made several changes since taking over last month. Recently, longtime Bush adviser and confidant Karl Rove had the policy-making portion of his portfolio taken away so he could focus on the midterm elections and White House press secretary Scott McClellan announced his resignation. McClellan has been replaced by Fox News commentator Tony Snow. McClellan's last briefing...
  • Bush Personnel Announcement at 1:45 EDT (Porter Goss Resigns from CIA)

    05/05/2006 10:08:03 AM PDT · by Rutles4Ever · 1,030 replies · 52,251+ views
    Press conference at 1:45
  • Moves Signal Tighter Secrecy Within C.I.A.

    04/23/2006 7:42:45 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 65 replies · 1,413+ views
    Moves Signal Tighter Secrecy Within C.I.A. By SCOTT SHANE and MARK MAZZETTI WASHINGTON, April 23 — The crackdown on leaks at the Central Intelligence Agency that led to the dismissal of a veteran intelligence officer last week included a highly unusual polygraph examination for the agency's independent watchdog, C.I.A. Inspector General John L. Helgerson, intelligence officials with knowledge of the investigation said on Sunday. The special polygraphs, which have been given to dozens of employees since January, are part of a broader effort by C.I.A. Director Porter J. Goss to re-emphasize a culture of secrecy. As the inspector general, Mr....
  • Top Counterterrorism Officer Removed Amid Turmoil at CIA

    02/12/2006 5:40:43 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 101 replies · 3,034+ views
    wash post ^ | February 7, 2006 | Barton Gellman and Dafna Linzer
    The CIA's top counterterrorism officer was relieved of his position yesterday after months of turmoil atop the agency's clandestine service, according to three knowledgeable officials. Robert Grenier, who spent most of his career undercover overseas, took charge of the Counterterrorism Center about a year ago after a series of senior jobs at the center of the Bush administration's national security agenda. When al Qaeda struck the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, Grenier was station chief in Islamabad, Pakistan. Among the agency's most experienced officers in southwest Asia, Grenier helped plan the covert campaign that preceded...
  • Loose Lips Sink Spies

    02/09/2006 9:49:33 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 29 replies · 1,253+ views
    New York Times ^ | 2/10/06 | Porter Goss
    AT the Central Intelligence Agency, we are more than holding our own in the global war on terrorism, but we are at risk of losing a key battle: the battle to protect our classified information. Judge Laurence Silberman, a chairman of President Bush's commission on weapons of mass destruction, said he was "stunned" by the damage done to our critical intelligence assets by leaked information. The commission reported last March that in monetary terms, unauthorized disclosures have cost America hundreds of millions of dollars; in security terms, of course, the cost has been much higher. Part of the problem is...
  • Is CIA Leak Probe a 'Witch Hunt'?

    02/07/2006 6:34:17 AM PST · by digger48 · 86 replies · 3,220+ views
    ABC ^ | 2-7-06 | Brian Ross and Richard Esposito
    Director Launches Investigation Into Who Gave Sensitive Information To The Media. Feb 7, 2006 — The director of the CIA has launched a major internal probe into media leaks about covert operations. In an agencywide e-mail, Porter Goss blamed "a very small number of people" for leaks about secret CIA operations that, in his words, "do damage to the credibility of the agency." According to people familiar with the Goss e-mail, sent in late January and classified secret, the CIA director warned that any CIA officer deemed suspect by the agency's Office of Security and its Counter Intelligence Center (which...
  • Rush Limbaugh: Is Scooter Libby Target of a "Witch Hunt"?

    02/07/2006 5:32:53 PM PST · by wagglebee · 8 replies · 1,670+ views ^ | 2/7/06 | Rush Limbaugh
    ABC News, via their investigative reporter Brian Ross -- and I can attest personally that Brian Ross gets it wrong -- has got a story, "Is the CIA Leak Probe a 'Witch Hunt.'?" Now, because it's Brian Ross, I cannot attest to the accuracy of the report. This is a guy who just recently on Nightline did this whole distortion of Justice Scalia showing up to teach a course for a legal society, at which the respondents and the participants had paid months in advance to attend this thing. It was portrayed by ABC News as a "junket," and because...
  • CIA chief urges investigation into wiretap leak

    02/02/2006 7:12:40 PM PST · by Dubya · 17 replies · 834+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 2, 2006 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON – U.S. intelligence officials told Congress on Thursday that the disclosure of once-classified projects like President Bush's no-warrant eavesdropping program has undermined their work. "The damage has been very severe to our capabilities to carry out our mission," CIA Director Porter Goss told the Senate Intelligence Committee, citing disclosures about a variety of CIA programs that he suggested may have been compromised. Mr. Goss said a federal grand jury should be empaneled to determine "who is leaking this information."
  • ACLU seeks data on 'spying'

    02/01/2006 4:14:32 PM PST · by CAWats · 29 replies · 739+ views
    San Diego, Union-Tribune ^ | 010206 | By Kim Curtis
    SAN FRANCISCO – The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California on Wednesday filed a request for information about alleged government spying during student-led protests at two universities. The Freedom of Information Act request was filed with the government on behalf of UC Santa Cruz Students Against the War and Berkeley Stop the War Coalition at the University of California, Berkeley, according to Dorothy Ehrlich, executive director of the ACLU-Northern California.
  • Has the New York Times Violated the Espionage Act?

    02/02/2006 3:22:56 PM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 64 replies · 2,109+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | March 2006 | Gabriel Schoenfeld
    “Bush Lets U.S. Spy on Callers Without Courts.” Thus ran the headline of a front-page news story whose repercussions have roiled American politics ever since its publication last December 16 in the New York Times. The article, signed by James Risen and Eric Lichtblau, was adapted from Risen’s then-forthcoming book, State of War.1 In it, the Times reported that shortly after September 11, 2001, President Bush had “authorized the National Security Agency [NSA] to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States . . . without the court-approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying.” Not since Richard Nixon’s misuse...
  • CIA Chief Says Wiretap Disclosure Damaging (Democrats nervous)

    02/02/2006 10:50:14 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 201 replies · 5,844+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 2 Feb 06 | KATHERINE SHRADER
    WASHINGTON - CIA Director Porter Goss said Thursday that the disclosure of President Bush's eavesdropping-without-warrants program and other once-secret projects had undermined U.S. intelligence-gathering abilities. "The damage has been very severe to our capabilities to carry out our mission," Goss told the Senate Intelligence Committee. He said a federal grand jury should be empaneled to determine "who is leaking this information." His testimony came after National Intelligence Director John Negroponte, who directs all intelligence activities, strongly defended the program, calling it crucial for protecting the nation against its most menacing threat. "This was not about domestic surveillance," Negroponte said. Leaders...
  • So, What About Our Iran Policy? (Citing mysterious US trips to Turkey)

    01/25/2006 8:17:08 PM PST · by STARWISE · 15 replies · 750+ views
    Zaman Daily Newspaper (Istambul) ^ | 1-26-06 | Abdulhamit Bilici
    Widespread curiosity over the recent visits to Turkey by senior officials of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Israeli Chief of Staff and the Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is continuing with further visits planned by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace. Rumors began to circulate about what exactly was being discussed behind closed doors. According to sources requesting anonymity, news reports suggesting that Ankara is a useful tool for any possible war with Iran and Syria, because...
  • CIA cracks down on leaks

    01/08/2006 2:10:07 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 61 replies · 2,145+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 9 January 2006
    CIA director Porter Goss is redoubling efforts to prevent agents from divulging the spy agency's secrets to the media, and also plans to clamp down on former spies publishing books about their covert careers, Time magazine has reported. Citing an anonymous former senior Central Intelligence Agency official, Time, in a report to hit newsstands this week, said on its website that CIA officials told employees during a meeting last week that leaking had gotten out of control and needed to stop. The reported added that a new clampdown on leakers had been launched, supported by a team of "mostly retired"...
  • An Attack on Iran?

    01/01/2006 3:55:27 PM PST · by anotherview · 8 replies · 358+ views
    Israel & Aliya (blog) ^ | 1 January 2006 | Caitlyn Martin
    Sunday, January 01, 2006 An Attack on Iran? Yesterday the online edition of The Jerusalem Post, Israel's English language daily newspaper, lead with the headline US planning strike against Iran. The story, which actually quotes the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel, claims that NATO, rather than the United States alone, are examining prospects for such a strike. It goes on to say: According to the report, CIA Director Porter Goss, in his last visit to Turkey on December 12, requested Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to provide military bases to the United States in 2006 from where they would be able...
  • Special Report: Was The Wilson Affair A CIA Plot?

    10/24/2005 11:48:15 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 88 replies · 4,461+ views
    GOP USA ^ | October 24, 2005 | By Cliff Kincaid
    The media version of the CIA leak case is that the White House illegally revealed a CIA employee's identity because her husband, Joseph Wilson, was an administration critic. But former prosecutor Joseph E. diGenova says the real story is that the CIA "launched a covert operation" against the president when it sent Wilson on the mission to Africa to investigate the Iraq-uranium link. DiGenova, a former Independent Counsel who prosecuted several high-profile cases and has extensive experience on Capitol Hill, including as counsel to several Senate committees, is optimistic that Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald will figure it all out. DiGenova...
  • CIA Chief Goss Gets Good Grades

    09/27/2005 7:30:35 AM PDT · by kellynla · 6 replies · 484+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | September 27, 2005 | Peter Brookes
    The only good thing about taking over an organization that's hit rock bottom is that the only direction to go is up. This thought may have crossed CIA Director Porter Goss' mind as he looked back over his first year in office at Langley this past weekend. The plucky Goss is fervently trying to reinvigorate the embattled CIA, stung by monumental intelligence failures in recent years. But in contrast to the public bellyaching of some disgruntled agency employees (complaints shamelessly played out in the press), Goss is making progress. Goss, the former House Intelligence Committee chairman, is in the midst...
  • After a Year Leading C.I.A., Goss Is Struggling, Some Say ["Some" = NY Times]

    09/23/2005 11:13:51 AM PDT · by aculeus · 15 replies · 710+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 23, 2005 | By DOUGLAS JEHL
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 - A year after taking charge of the Central Intelligence Agency, Porter J. Goss is still struggling to rebuild morale and assert leadership within an institution shaken by recent failures and buffeted by change, current and former intelligence officials and members of Congress say. On Thursday, two days before his one-year anniversary on the job, Mr. Goss met with agency employees and told them that his vision for further changes would involve "breaking some molds" to reassert the C.I.A.'s role as "a global agency." "We are developing new and creative ways to get more and more of...
  • CIA Sends Finished 9/11 Report to Panels

    08/23/2005 5:09:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 678+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/23/05 | Katherine Shrader - AP
    WASHINGTON - CIA Director Porter Goss personally delivered to Congress the findings of the agency's inspector general report on the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, opening a debate about how much of the highly classified and critical document should be made public. The report, which congressional officials had yet to review Tuesday evening, is a hard-hitting chronicle of actions taken by individuals and the CIA bureaucracy before the attacks nearly four years ago. The findings are expected to highlight failures of specific individuals, according to present and former government officials speaking on condition of anonymity. Goss had told Congress earlier...
  • Finding Osama bin Laden

    07/08/2005 11:44:15 AM PDT · by JZelle · 50 replies · 1,077+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 7-8-05 | Michael F. Scheuer
    CIA Director Porter Goss has been criticized for telling Time that he had an "excellent" idea of Osama bin Laden's location, while inferring that U.S. respect for Pakistan's sovereignty prevented action to capture or kill him. Now, I tend to believe Mr. Goss's statement was part of a concerted U.S. government effort to press Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to do the always undefined "more" to eliminate bin Laden. Mr. Goss' comments followed harsh criticism of Pakistan's inaction by Afghan President Hamid Karzai and in a volley from the U.S. gadfly ambassadorinKabul,Zalmay Khalilzad, now on his way to Iraq to replicate...
  • Get Smart

    07/01/2005 5:41:21 AM PDT · by Molly Pitcher · 7 replies · 439+ views
    Townhall ^ | 6/30/05 | Clifford D. May
    There is no such thing as an experienced suicide bomber. This insight seems to have eluded the Central Intelligence Agency. A few days ago a classified CIA report was leaked to the media. It put forward the frightening “assessment” that terrorists in Iraq are developing greater skills than those who learned their trade in Afghanistan under Taliban/al-Qaeda rule in the 1990s. Think about that: The most effective weapon the terrorists utilize in Iraq is the suicide bomber. Surely it is the rare suicide bomber who improves his performance mission after mission. What other abilities are the terrorists mastering in Iraq?...
  • Is It an Unwinnable "Republican War"?

    06/22/2005 7:01:30 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 10 replies · 535+ views ^ | 06-22-05 | Buchanan, Patrick J.
    Is it an unwinnable 'Republican war'? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: June 22, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2005 Creators Syndicate Inc. From President Bush's Axis of Evil speech in January 2002 to the invasion in March 2003, some of us argued vehemently and ceaselessly against going to war. We saw no connection between Saddam Hussein and 9-11. We saw no threat from a nation unable even to shoot down a single U.S. plane during 40,000 sorties in the previous decade. We warned that an occupation of Iraq would create our own Lebanon. And so it has. But we lost the debate of...
  • CIA has 'excellent' idea where bin Laden is -Time

    06/19/2005 12:24:00 PM PDT · by phoenix_004 · 23 replies · 1,059+ views
    Director Porter Goss said he has an "excellent" idea where Osama bin Laden is hiding, but the al Qaeda leader will not be brought to justice until weak links in counterterrorism efforts are strengthened, Time magazine reported on Sunday. In his first interview since becoming head of the CIA last year, Goss also told the magazine the insurgency in Iraq was not quite in its last throes, but close to it. Goss did not say where he believed bin Laden was hiding, but intelligence experts have said the al Qaeda leader who has evaded an extensive U.S.-led manhunt is probably...
  • CIA has 'excellent' idea where bin Laden is-Time

    06/19/2005 10:20:43 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 81 replies · 1,627+ views
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CIA Director Porter Goss said he has an "excellent" idea where Osama bin Laden is hiding, but the al Qaeda leader will not be brought to justice until weak links in counterterrorism efforts are strengthened, Time magazine reported on Sunday. In his first interview since becoming head of the CIA last year, Goss also told the magazine the insurgency in Iraq was not quite in its last throes, but close to it. Goss did not say where he believed bin Laden was hiding, but intelligence experts have said the al Qaeda leader who has evaded an extensive...
  • 10 Questions For Porter Goss - "I have an excellent idea of where he (Osama Bin Laden) is."

    06/19/2005 7:38:04 AM PDT · by billdcon · 34 replies · 1,600+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | Jun. 19, 2005 | Timothy J. Burger
    He had been director of the Central Intelligence Agency for just seven months when the onetime CIA spy had to cede much of his power to the new director of national intelligence, John Negroponte. But Porter Goss, 66, says he now has more time to run America's largest human intelligence agency. He sat down for his first interview with TIME's Timothy J. Burger. ..... IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE A PRETTY GOOD IDEA OF WHERE HE IS. WHERE? I have an excellent idea of where he is. What's the next question?
  • CIA and FBI reach new agreement on intelligence

    06/12/2005 7:45:25 AM PDT · by nypokerface · 5 replies · 306+ views
    Reuters ^ | 06/12/05 | David Morgan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The CIA and the FBI have for the first time in two decades reached a new wide-ranging agreement on how to coordinate their intelligence activities in a post-Sept. 11 world of increasingly blurred divisions of duty, officials say. A classified memorandum of understanding, which is under review by senior Bush administration officials, redefines the relationship by which the two agencies have operated worldwide since the Cold War era of the 1980s, officials said. The document, which was jointly negotiated several weeks ago, is expected to be submitted for approval to the new director of national intelligence, John...

    06/05/2005 5:07:19 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 25 replies · 1,683+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 6/5/05 | Matt Drudge
    New York –After nearly 60 years at the pinnacle of American intelligence—and at the elbow of Presidents—the CIA director is no longer automatically welcome at the President’s National Security Council (NSC) meetings. John Negroponte, the new director of National Intelligence, has taken his chair, TIME reports. The May 2 memo, obtained by TIME and also reported last week by, states that “effective immediately,” Negroponte will participate in meetings of the NSC and its domestic counterpart, the Homeland Security Council (HSC). Meanwhile, CIA director Porter Goss “will attend NSC and HSC meetings at the direction of the President.” That’s the...
  • Who was Newsweek's source? Analyst believes anti-Bush CIA 'weasel' set up reporter Isikoff

    05/23/2005 7:24:30 PM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 21 replies · 1,255+ views ^ | May 21, 2005 |
    A disgruntled former CIA operative hoping to hurt President Bush was likely Newsweek's source on the fake Quran-in-the-toilet story, says geopolitical expert Jack Wheeler, and his action now means journalists will no longer trust the ex-Langley agents forced out by chief Porter Goss. In a column on his intelligence website, To the Point, Wheeler writes of this "silver lining" to the Newsweek story penned by reporter Michael Isikoff.
  • Bush to Visit CIA After Director Goss Says He's Not Sure of His Future Role

    03/03/2005 11:04:09 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 7 replies · 708+ views
    Bush to Visit CIA After Director Goss Says He's Not Sure of His Future Role By Tom Raum Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House spoke supportively of CIA Director Porter Goss Thursday despite his suggestion that his job had "a huge amount of ambiguity in it" because of a law reorganizing the intelligence community. Goss and John D. Negroponte, Bush's nominee for a new national post with sweeping oversight responsibilities, "have a good working relationship. I think everybody understands the importance of the reforms we're working to put into place," presidential spokesman Scott McClellan said. President Bush,...
  • Mexico on the Brink!

    04/04/2005 8:22:14 AM PDT · by CitadelArmyJag · 173 replies · 4,963+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | April 4th, 2005 | A.M. Mora y Leon
    Mexico on the brink April 4th, 2005 CIA director Porter Goss wasn't kidding when he put Mexico in with Venezuela, Haiti, Bolivia and Nicaragua as the most unstable countries in the hemisphere. Right now, the potentially dangerous development is political, and may affect us very tangibly in the U.S. Here is the political rundown: Like much of Latin America, there is a terrible leadership deficit in Mexico. One thing's for sure - the next President of Mexico probably won't come from President Vicente Fox's PAN party in the 2006 presidential election. Fox has been nothing but a disappointment to Mexico's...
  • Bush pledge over US intelligence

    03/31/2005 10:20:10 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 265+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, 31 March, 2005, 17:26 GMT 18:26 UK | staff
    President George W Bush has welcomed a study that says US intelligence agencies know "disturbingly little" about enemy weapons programmes.Describing the report as "extremely significant", he said US intelligence needed "fundamental change" to face the threats of the 21st Century. The study makes recommendations for new director of US intelligence John Negroponte, who heads 15 spy agencies. The study in particular criticises US collection of intelligence in Iraq. The report says dramatic changes are needed to prevent failures similar to the fiasco over Iraq's missing weapons, including the creation of a a national counter-proliferation centre to combat the spread of...