Directors of Central Intelligence

Porter J. Goss

Nomination and Confirmation


Materials arranged chronologically.

Priest, Dana, and Mike Allen. "Bush Nominates Rep. Goss to Run CIA; Democrats Question Independence of Republican Veteran of Agency." Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2004, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 10 August 2004, President George W. Bush nominated Rep. Porter J. Goss (R-FL.) to be DCI. Goss announced that he would step down as HPSCI chairman immediately. Goss "served as a CIA case officer for nine years." He retired when it appeared his traveling days were over; started a newspaper on Sanibel Island...; became mayor of Sanibel and then county commissioner; and was elected to the House in 1988. He took over the chairmanship of the intelligence panel eight years ago." See also, David E. Sanger, "Bush Picks House Intelligence Chief to Lead C.I.A.," New York Times, 11 Aug. 2004.

Pincus, Walter. "Hearings on Goss Will Open Next Month; 2 Leaders Doubt Hill Can Reform Intelligence Soon." Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2004, A21. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

SSCI chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) said on 11 August 2004 that "confirmation hearings on the nomination of Rep. Porter J. Goss (R-Fla.) as CIA director will be held the first week in September." However, Roberts joined House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) "in questioning whether Congress will move to overhaul U.S. intelligence agencies before the November election."

Milbank, Dana. "Goss Backed '95 Bill to Slash Intelligence: Plan Would Have Cut Personnel 20%." Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2004, A3. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Rep. Porter J. Goss (R-FL), President Bush's nominee to be DCI and HPSCI chairman for the past 8 years, "was one of six original co-sponsors of legislation in 1995 that called for cuts of at least 4 percent per year between 1996 and 2000 in the total number of people employed throughout the intelligence community."

Blumenfeld, Laura. "Goss Hailed as Old Pro, Assailed as Partisan: CIA Nominee Faces Uncertain Future." Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2004, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"For a man who is often described as affable and straightforward," Rep. Porter J. Goss (R-FL), "is caught up in a complicated nomination. Amid proposals for intelligence reform, his job title and duties remain unclear. With a presidential election in seven weeks, his tenure is uncertain, and his hearings will take place in the turmoil of a political season. While supporters hail him as experienced and steady, critics assail him as too partisan and ... inclined to do nothing."

Jehl, Douglas. "Critics Fault Bush's C.I.A. Nominee as Championing Budgets Over Watchdog Role." New York Times, 13 Sep. 2004. [http://www.nytimes.com]

As HPSCI chairman, Porter J. Goss (R-FL) "watched over American intelligence agencies.... But ... Goss cast himself more as a rebuilder than as a watchdog." Now, he "is facing questions about those years of oversight." According to current and former Congressional officials, "Goss was a consistent champion of bigger budgets but much less persistent when it came to scrutinizing mistakes."

Jehl, Douglas. "Bleak Prognosis by C.I.A. Nominee." New York Times, 15 Sep. 2004. [http://www.nytimes.com]

Testifying before the SSCI on 14 September 2004, DCI-Nominee Porter J. Goss said that rebuilding the CIA "would take more than five years and that American spies needed to be encouraged to take more risks." Goss "offered what he called a candid view of the intelligence agencies. He said that if confirmed as director, he would practice 'tough love' in leading agencies that he portrayed as standing at 3 on a scale of 10 in terms of capabilities." See also, Dana Priest, "At Hearing, Goss Vows Nonpartisan CIA Leadership: Nominee Calls for More Risk Taking By Agents Abroad," Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2004, A4.

Burger, Timothy J. "Is Goss Aiming Higher?" Time, 20 Sep. 2004. [http://www.time.com]

Porter Goss, nominated by President Bush to be DCI, "may well be auditioning for the ... new post of national intelligence director" if that position is created as recommended by the 9/11 commission.

Jehl, Douglas. "Nominee Says Iraq Threat Was Perhaps Overstated." New York Times, 21 Sep. 2004. [http://www.nytimes.com]

DCI-nominee Porter J. Goss told a Senate panel on 20 September 2004 that "some prewar statements by senior Bush administration officials might well have overstated available intelligence about the threat posed by Iraq.... [H]e said that if confirmed as intelligence chief, he would feel an obligation to correct misstatements or misinformation, though he said he might not do so publicly." See also, Dana Priest, "Goss Vows to Resist Pressure: Nominee Says He Would Protect Integrity of CIA's Intelligence," Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2004, A19.

Dewar, Helen, and Charles Babington. "Senate Confirms Rep. Goss as Intelligence Director." Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2004, A2. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 22 September 2004, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Porter J. Goss as Director of Central Intelligence. See also, Douglas Jehl, "Senate Confirms Goss as Intelligence Chief," New York Times, 23 Sep. 2004.

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