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Former Undercover Operative To Head CIA

For those who have complained that the CIA has lost it's human intelligence focus, this is good news.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush on Tuesday nominated Rep. Porter Goss of Florida to head the CIA amid terror and tumult, saying the former undercover operative "knows the CIA inside and out" and can bolster its spy network.
"He is well prepared for this mission," the president said of Goss, chairman of the House intelligence committee who was an Army intelligence operative before joining the CIA the 1960s. "He's the right man to lead and support the agency at this critical moment in our nation's history."

Goss, whose nomination must be confirmed by the Senate, had been mentioned prominently in speculation about a successor to departed CIA Director George Tenet, who left amid a torrent of criticism of the agency's handling of prewar intelligence on Iraq.

Goss has been saying that the intelligence community was unprepared for the new terrorist threat for a long time. In this Frontline interview from September 2001 Goss calls for a new emphasis on qualified personnel to infiltrate terrorist organizations and analysts who can decode and understand the information gathered by electronic and other surveillance methods.


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Comments (3)

If the Senate doesn't confi... (Below threshold)

If the Senate doesn't confirm him, I'm going to be one pissed off bellicose woman. He's absolutely the best man for that job.

Better late than never.... (Below threshold)

Better late than never.

During the making of Fahren... (Below threshold)

During the making of Fahrenheit 9/11, Michael Moore interviewed Porter Goss, who Bush recently tapped to run the CIA. What did Porter Goss say then regarding his qualifications?

"It is true I was a case officer, clandestine services officer, and yes, I do understand the core mission of the business. But I couldn't get a job with the CIA today. I am not qualified. I don't have the language skills. You know, my language skills were romance languages and stuff. We're looking for Arabists today. I don't have the cultural background probably, and I certainly don't have the technical skills, as my children remind me every day. "Daddy, Daddy, you gotta get better on your computer." And so the things you need to have, I don't have."

The video is located at http://www.michaelmoore.com/_media/qt/goss_2.mov.




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