Director, Central Intelligence Agency

Porter J. Goss Resignation as D/CIA and Later

Materials arranged chronologically.

CNN. "Porter Goss Resigns as CIA Chief." 5 May 2006. [http://www.cnn.com]

President Bush announced on 5 May 2006 that "CIA Director Porter Goss is resigning.... Goss' resignation was based on a 'mutual understanding' between Bush, national intelligence director John Negroponte and Goss, a senior Bush administration official told the Reuters news agency.... No replacement was announced."

Burger, Timothy J., and Matthew Cooper. "The Incredible Shrinking CIA." Time, 5 May 2006. [http://www.time.com]

"The sudden and unexpected resignation of Porter Goss as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency on [5 May 2006] highlights a long bureaucratic battle that's been going on behind the scenes in Washington. Ever since John Negroponte was appointed Director of National Intelligence a year ago..., he has been diluting the power and prestige of the CIA. From day one, he supplanted the CIA Director as the President's principal intelligence adviser, in charge of George W. Bush's daily briefing. Other changes followed, all originating in the law that created the DNI.... Then, earlier this week, in a little noticed move, Negroponte signaled that he would be moving still more responsibility from the CIA to his own office, including control over the analysis of terrorist groups and threats."

Linzer, Dafna, and Walter Pincus. "Goss Forced Out as CIA Director; Gen. Hayden Is Likely Successor." Washington Post, 6 May 2006, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"Porter J. Goss was forced to step down [on 5 May 2006] as CIA director, ending a turbulent 18-month tenure marked by an exodus of some of the agency's top talent and growing White House dissatisfaction with his leadership during a time of war." See also, Mark Mazzetti and Scott Shane. "Director of C.I.A. Is Stepping Down Under Pressure," New York Times, 6 May 2006, A1, A11.

Priest, Dana. "The Fix-It Man Leaves, but The Agency's Cracks Remain." Washington Post, 6 May 2006. A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"Porter J. Goss was brought into the CIA to quell what the White House viewed as a partisan insurgency against the administration and to re-energize a spy service that failed to prevent the Sept. 11 attacks or accurately assess Iraq's weapons capability. But as he walked out the glass doors of Langley headquarters [on 5 May 2006], Goss left behind an agency that current and former intelligence officials say is weaker operationally, with a workforce demoralized by an exodus of senior officers and by uncertainty over its role in fighting terrorism and other intelligence priorities."

Ignatius, David. "The CIA at Rock Bottom." Washington Post, 7 May 2006, B7. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

CIA Director Porter Goss "was dumped by a president who doesn't like to fire anyone.... That was a sign of how badly off track things had gotten at the CIA.... What may have hurt Goss most inside the White House was sharp criticism from ... the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.... I'm told some of the board's judgments on Goss and his management team were devastating....

"Though Goss long ago served as a CIA case officer, he arrived from Capitol Hill with a phalanx of conservative aides, soon dubbed the 'Gosslings,' who viewed the agency as a liberal, leak-prone opponent of conservative causes. That image is mostly nonsense.... Goss's attacks on senior officers were reckless, and they peeled away a generation of senior CIA managers. Sadly, the Bush White House mostly applauded his jihad on what they viewed as CIA naysayers.

"An example of the political frictions that harmed the agency involved CIA reporting from Iraq. From late 2003 on, the agency was warning about the rise of the Iraqi insurgency and the failings of the administration's political strategy. In 2004 the CIA station chief in Baghdad was sending warnings every 60 days ... about the deteriorating situation. This candid and largely correct reporting is said to have angered White House officials, who complained that the Baghdad chief was defeatist and not a team player. At the end of his tour, he was punished with a poor assignment."

Benson, Pam. "Former CIA Chiefs Call on President to Stop Interrogation Probe." CNN, 18 Sep. 2009. [http://www.cnn.com]

In a letter sent to President Barack Obama on 18 September 2009, former CIA directors John Deutch, Porter Goss, Michael Hayden, James Schlesinger, George Tenet, William Webster, and James Woolsey urged the president "to stop the criminal investigation of people involved in the CIA's harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists."

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