November - December 2004

Materials presented in chronological order.

Pincus, Walter. "CIA's Goss Names Undercover Officer to No. 3 Position." Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2004, A2. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

DCI Porter J. Goss "has selected a 22-year undercover logistics officer nicknamed 'Dusty' [Kyle Foggo] as executive director, the third-ranking position at the agency. A public announcement of the choice is being delayed until his name can be 'cleared' and made public, a senior administration official said" on 4 November 2004.

Priest, Dana. "CIA Officer Criticizes Agency's Handling of Bin Laden." Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2004, A28. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Michael Scheuer, "one of the most senior intelligence officers in the CIA's Osama bin Laden unit" and author of the best-selling book Imperial Hubris, said on 8 November 2004 "that fewer experienced officers are assigned to defeating the al Qaeda leader and his followers now than there were on Sept. 11, 2001.... A CIA representative, speaking on the condition of anonymity, disputed Scheuer's assessment."

Priest, Dana. "Former Chief of CIA's Bin Laden Unit Leaves." Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2004, A4. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Michael Scheuer, chief of the CIA's bin Laden station from 1996 to 1999 and previously anonymous author of Imperial Hubris, announced on 11 November 2004 "that he had resigned from the agency so he could speak openly about terrorism and what he sees as the government's failure to understand the threat from al Qaeda."

Priest, Dana, and Walter Pincus. "Deputy Chief Resigns From CIA: Agency Is Said to Be in Turmoil Under New Director Goss." Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2004, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Deputy Director of Central Intelligence John E. McLaughlin resigned on 12 November 2004. According to current and former CIA officials, McLaughlin's resignation came "after a series of confrontations over the past week between senior operations officials and CIA Director Porter J. Goss's new chief of staff [Patrick Murray] that have left the agency in turmoil." See also, Douglas Jehl, "No. 2 Official at the C.I.A. Announces He's Stepping Down," New York Times, 13 Nov. 2004; and Douglas Jehl, "New Chief Sets Off Turmoil Within the C.I.A.," New York Times, 14 Nov. 2004.

Pincus, Walter, and Dana Priest. "Goss Reportedly Rebuffed Senior Officials at CIA: Four Fear New Chief Is Isolating Himself." Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2004, A6. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to former CIA officials, "four former deputy directors of operations have tried to offer CIA Director Porter J. Goss advice about changing the clandestine service without setting off a rebellion, but Goss has declined to speak to any of them." The four former DDOs who have tried to offer Goss advice are "Thomas Twetten, Jack Downing, Richard F. Stoltz and the recently retired James L. Pavitt."

Jehl, Douglas. "C.I.A. Churning Continues as 2 Top Officials Resign." New York Times, 16 Nov. 2004. [http://www.nytimes.com]

On 15 November 2004, Deputy Director of Operations (DDO) Stephen R. Kappes and Associate Deputy Director of Operations Michael Sulick resigned from the CIA. According to "intelligence officials," the resignations came "after days of clashes with advisers" to DCI Porter J. Goss. "[A] covert officer who runs the agency's Counterterrorism Center" has been selected by Goss to become the new DDO. Officials "declined to name the officer, a former chief of American espionage operations in Latin America, because he is still under cover."

Priest, Dana, and Walter Pincus. "CIA Chief Seeks to Reassure Employees: E-Mail Sent After 2 Officials Resign." Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2004, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 15 November 2004, DCI Porter J. Goss "wrote in an internal e-mail to CIA employees" that they should "expect 'a series of changes' in the days and weeks ahead, 'in the organization, personnel' and mission of the agency." The e-mail was read to the Washington Post by "two people."

Jehl, Douglas. "New C.I.A. Chief Tells Workers to Back Administration Policies." New York Times, 17 Nov. 2004. [http://www.nytimes.com]

According to a copy of an internal memorandum obtained by the New York Times, DCI Porter J. Goss "has told Central Intelligence Agency employees that their job is to 'support the administration and its policies in our work.'"

Pincus, Walter, and Dana Priest. "Bush Orders the CIA to Hire More Spies; Goss Told to Build Up Other Staffs, Too." Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2004, A4. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

In a presidential order, dated 18 November 2004 and released by the White House on 23 November 2004, President Bush has ordered DCI Porter J. Goss "to increase by 50 percent the number of qualified CIA clandestine operators and intelligence analysts.... Bush also ordered the doubling of CIA officers involved in research and development."

Jehl, Douglas. "2 Top Officials Are Reported to Quit C.I.A." New York Times, 25 Nov. 2004. [http://www.nytimes.com]

Intelligence officials said on 24 November 2004 that two more senior officials of the Central Intelligence Agency's Directorate of Operations, the chiefs of the Europe and Far East divisions, are retiring.

Duffy, Michael. "In Your Face at the CIA." Time, 29 Nov. 2004, 24-27.

"Porter Goss says the CIA needs an overhaul. But is he fixing what's broken -- or conducting a purge?"

Ignatius, David. "The Langley Lobotomy." Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2004, A19. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"Driving past the ... CIA headquarters..., you can't help wondering how ... America's spy service has become the favorite whipping boy of the right wing. It's crazy for a nation at war to be purging its spies. But that's what has been happening in the weeks since former representative Porter Goss (R-Fla.) and a phalanx of conservative congressional aides took over at the CIA. What makes the putsch genuinely scary is that it seems to be driven by an animus toward the CIA that could do real damage to the nation's security."

Priest, Dana. "CIA Taps Richer for Operations Post: Former Marine Is Chief of the Agency's Near East Division." Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2004, A3. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to U.S. officials, "[t]he CIA has appointed the chief of its Near East division, Robert Richer, as the associate deputy director for operations," the number two position in the directorate.

Priest, Dana. "Officer Alleges CIA Retaliation: Lawsuit Says Agency Urged False Reporting on Iraqi Arms." Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2004, A2. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Washington on 3 December 2004 and placed in the public court docket on 8 December 2004, "[a] senior CIA operative who handled sensitive informants in Iraq asserts that CIA managers asked him to falsify his reporting on weapons of mass destruction and retaliated against him after he refused."

Pincus, Walter. "Intelligence Efforts Get Boost: Undercover Officers to Keep Salaries From Civilian Jobs Abroad." Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2004. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

The fiscal 2005 intelligence authorization bill approved by Congress on 7 December 2004 "approved changes in law that will permit undercover CIA officers serving overseas to keep salaries from their civilian jobs even when they exceed what they would have been paid by the federal government." The target group of this change are those "nonofficial cover" (NOC) officers working overseas "for private companies or as consultants or owners of small businesses."

Jehl, Douglas, and Eric Schmitt. "Pentagon Seeks to Expand Role in Intelligence-Collecting." New York Times, 19 Dec. 2004. [http://www.nytimes.com]

According to DoD officials, a team led by Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, a deputy under secretary of defense, "is drawing up a plan that would give the military a more prominent role in intelligence-collection operations..., including missions aimed at terrorist groups and those involved in weapons proliferation." The proposal "calls for a major expansion of human intelligence," both within the military services and the DIA, "including more missions aimed at acquiring specific information sought by policy makers. The proposal is the latest chapter in the fierce and long-running rivalry between the Pentagon and the C.I.A. for dominance over intelligence collection."

Pincus, Walter. "New Law to Spread the Use Of CIA's Analysis Approach." Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2004, A21. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

The "intelligence reform act requires several key CIA analysis practices to be enforced throughout the entire intelligence community" (IC). The DNI "must pick an 'individual or entity' to be responsible for ensuring that 'elements of the [IC] conduct alternative analysis of the information and conclusions in intelligence products.'... Another CIA practice being spread ... is to have a quality control office or officer make sure that analyses conform to high standards." The DNI must also "appoint an individual [within the director's office] who would provide" the function of the CIA's "ombudsman to whom analysts and others can raise concerns about problems that do not require a full investigation" by the inspector general.

Jehl, Douglas. "C.I.A. Deputy for Analysis Is Being Removed." New York Times, 29 Dec. 2004. [http://www.nytimes.com]

According to former intelligence officials, CIA Deputy Director for Intelligence Jami Miscik "is being forced to step down..., opening a major new chapter in a shakeup under [CIA head] Porter J. Goss." While still a congressman, "Goss ... had been openly critical of the directorate of intelligence, saying it suffered from poor leadership and was devoting too much effort to monitoring day-to-day developments rather than broad trends."

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