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Old 08-10-04, 08:20 AM
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Porter Goss to be named new CIA chief

President Bush has chosen Rep. Porter Goss, chairman of the House intelligence committee and a one-time Army intelligence operative, to be the new director of the CIA, it was learned Tuesday.

A senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Bush planned to announce the selection of the 65-year-old Goss later Tuesday during a White House appearance.

Goss, a Republican from Florida, 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.

Bush's decision also comes in the wake of the president's embrace of a key recommendation of the commission that investigated the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks: creation of a new intelligence czar to oversee the activities of the CIA and more than a dozen other intelligence agencies.

Speaking last week of the pleas for change by the 9/11 commission, Goss had said "we cannot afford to make changes blindly or in an unnecessary haste. We can ill-afford to rush to judgment any more than we can tolerate needless delay."

Goss was among the leading candidates mentioned when Tenet announced his resignation in late spring. But there had been more recent speculation that his prospects had dimmed, due at least in part to the unavoidable controversies that follow a leading player in Congress.

Tenet's last day was July 11, and the much-criticized agency since then has been under the leadership of acting Director John McLaughlin.

The administration was believed to have debated internally whether to choose a permanent successor to Tenet before the fall elections, thus putting itself in the position of having to defend its choice in confirmation hearings held in a politically charged atmosphere.

Pending Senate confirmation, Goss is poised to take over the agency at a pivotal moment.

Leaders of various intelligence agencies worry about a series of high-profile events this summer that could become attractive terrorist targets. It is widely believed that al-Qaeda and its allies might try to strike the United States in a way that replicates the political and economic impact of March's train bombings in Madrid, Spain.

The Connecticut-born Goss graduated from Yale in 1960 and launched a clandestine career, working for Army intelligence for two years and eventually the CIA's most well-known division, the Directorate of Operations.

When he got into politics, Goss had to get special permission to reveal that he was associated with "the agency" for roughly a decade, reportedly in Europe and Latin America. Goss still doesn't discuss classified details of his work, although he has said he was deployed in Miami during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

"I had some very interesting moments in the Florida Straits," Goss told The Washington Post in 2002.

In the early 1970s, an almost deadly staph infection forced him to retire to Sanibel, Fla., where retired CIA officers who had made the coastal community their home had convinced him to come for recovery. Each day, he tried to walk to the ocean as part of his rehabilitation.

Gradually, he stepped into local politics and ran for the House in 1988.

Goss has served in Congress for 16 years, including eight years as House Intelligence chairman. He planned on making his 2000 election bid his last, but decided to stay on after the Sept. 11 attacks with encouragement from Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. The opportunity was sweetened when Republicans waived a rule limiting his chairmanship to six years.

Along with fellow Floridian, Democratic Sen. Bob Graham, then the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Goss led an joint congressional inquiry into the attacks, which identified numerous miscalculations that prevented authorities from derailing the attacks.

With his well-placed experience, Washington insiders have speculated for some time that he could take over as director of central intelligence, overseeing the CIA and 14 other agencies that make up the intelligence community. Only one CIA director was also a member of Congress: former President George H.W. Bush.

The 2005 intelligence authorization bill, which passed the House in late June, contained an entire section dedicated to criticizing the CIA's clandestine service, where Goss once worked.

Tenet at the time called some of the judgments "absurd" and "ill-informed."

If Goss's goal was to assert his independence from the CIA, "he may have overachieved. Just about everyone at CIA read the language in the report," said one current intelligence official, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
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Wise choice, IMO.

Widely respected by both sides of the aisle.

A partisan - but not a rank partisan.

He's demonstrated as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee that he doesn't always follow the White House line when it comes to the area of intelligence.
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Palmer Joss? Great choice!

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I would have gone w/ someone younger and not corrupted by the Washington political machine - me.
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I guess that they couldn't find a guy with a weirder name.
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Well, it beats Porter Wagoner:



Actually, I like Goss quite a bit. Best of luck to him.
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Great. His knowledge and expertise are so top secret, no one will ever know what he is capable of. And he probably doesn't know either. I give him a few years at best.
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Great. His knowledge and expertise are so top secret, no one will ever know what he is capable of. And he probably doesn't know either. I give him a few years at best.
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would Kerry keep him if he wins?
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classicman2,

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Originally posted by AGuyNamedMike
Palmer Joss? Great choice!

That's exactly what I thought of too!
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Early word from some NJ Democrat is they might try to block the nomination.
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Which Senate NJ Democrat?
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the senate dems block a bush nominee?
never
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Rep. Robert Menendez is the one that said it, but he's not a Senator.

Which now brings me back to my original post. How can the House block the nomination?
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Originally posted by LurkerDan
That's exactly what I thought of too!
Me, too..... two months ago! .... grumble....mutter.....
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Originally posted by Chew
Rep. Robert Menendez is the one that said it, but he's not a Senator.

Which now brings me back to my original post. How can the House block the nomination?
They can't.

Only the senate can.
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This is nice. When Tenant quit, the general consensus among both parties seemed to be that Goss was the man for the job. Now Goss, despite his qualifications, is being called a cheap pick to get votes for Bush in Fla. Oh well.
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Yay! A partisan intelligence machine!

I would hope that the Dems would make an attempt to block this, and I certainly hope Kerry doesn't replace him with a partisan Democrat.
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Originally posted by chess
Yay! A partisan intelligence machine!

I would hope that the Dems would make an attempt to block this,
why do you say that?
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Yay! A partisan intelligence machine!

I would hope that the Dems would make an attempt to block this, and I certainly hope Kerry doesn't replace him with a partisan Democrat.
Hogwash!!
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Originally posted by Venusian
why do you say that?
Because that's the only way that the press will cover the FACT that Bush just appointed a partisan loyalist to tell him what he wants to hear.

Further, although I agree that Goss is not ultra-partisan, I think that the mere appearance of inpropriety in our intel system, which is already suspect at best, makes our already uphill battle toward credibility even more difficult.
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Originally posted by classicman2
Hogwash!!
I know I haven't been around much lately, but I don't recall c-man posting things like this.

How does one go about responding to "hogwash"?
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please explain why you think he is so partisan
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