Directors of Central Intelligence

Tenet as DCI

2000 - 2002

Materials arranged chronologically.

Loeb, Vernon. "IntelligenCIA: Inside Information." Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2000. [http:// www.washingtonpost.com]

Tenet and others comment on changes at the CIA.

McCutcheon, Chuck. "Tenet Gives CIA Credibility on the Hill." Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, 22 Jan. 2000, 139-143.

Tenet has been "relatively open and forthright" in his dealings with Congress, and is seen as having "effectively managed the intricate and sometimes incendiary partnership between the intelligence community and Capitol Hill.... But the jury remains out on Tenet's attempts to reshape U.S. intelligence-gathering in the 21st century."

Beginning in early February 2000, DCI George Tenet came under public criticism for his role in the investigation of former DCI John Deutch's security violations. These materials are available at Deutch after DCI job.

Drogin, Bob. "2 Top U.S. Spymasters Deny Illegally Snooping on Americans." Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2000. [http://www.latimes.com]

On 12 April 2000, DCI George J. Tenet and DIRNSA Lt. Gen. Michael V. Hayden fervently denied to the HPSCI that their agencies "illegally snoop on U.S. citizens at home and abroad.... Both repeatedly insisted that their services have stayed within legal limits set by Congress and executive orders over the last two decades."

Barber, Ben. "CIA Rejoins Mideast Peace Bid." Washington Times, 6 Jun. 2001. [http://www.washtimes.com]

On 5 June 2001, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher announced that DCI George J. Tenet will leave for the Middle East on 6 June 2001 "to meet with Israeli and Palestinian security officials.... Tenet's new mission is to report on the security situation and to encourage the two sides to cooperate on ending violence." See also, Jane Perlez, "C.I.A. Director Is Going to Israel in Effort to Maintain Calm," New York Times, 6 Jun. 2001.

Schneider, Howard, and Lee Hockstader. "Mideast Truce Begins on Tentative Footing." Washington Post, 14 Jun. 2001, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"After five days of talks and some tense midnight brinkmanship, CIA Director George J. Tenet left for Washington [on 13 June 2001] with Israeli and Palestinian authorities each promising to end the clashes that have gone on for more than eight months.... Hailed by President Bush, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and other international figures as a potential breakthrough, the cease-fire worked out by Tenet remains a work in progress, not a formal signed agreement."

Frantz, Douglas, and James Risen. "C.I.A. Chief as Mideast Mediator: Track Record of Bridging Divides." New York Times, 16 Jun. 2001. [http://www.nytimes.com]

DCI George J. Tenet "has made a career of managing difficult political situations, and those experiences in Washington seem to have provided him the personal skills needed to gain the trust of both Palestinian and Israeli leaders in reaching an agreement."

Washington Times. "[Editorial:] Where was George Tenet?" 25 Sep. 2001. [http://www. washtimes.com]

"The congressional demagoguery and micromanaging that have crippled the CIA's ability to do its job began back in the 1970s, well before the current director, George Tenet, assumed the post. Nonetheless, Mr. Tenet certainly must shoulder much of the blame for the intelligence failure of Sept. 11 as well as a host of other intelligence failures and poor policy decisions that took place during the Clinton era.... In short, it's time for Mr. Tenet to bow out gracefully. If he refuses, President Bush should fire him."

Loeb, Vernon. "CIA Chief Met With Musharraf." Washington Post, 5 Dec. 2001, A14. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

DCI George J. Tenet arrived in Pakistan on 31 November "for meetings with Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf.... The Pakistani press reported that Tenet ... [also] held talks with Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence chief, Lt. Gen. Ehsanul Haq."

Powers, Thomas. "The Trouble with the CIA." New York Review of Books, 17 Jan. 2002. [http://www.nybooks.com/articles/15109]

Ostensibly a review of three books on terrorism [Pillar, Terrorism and US Foreign Policy (2001); Bodansky, Bin Laden: The Man Who Declared War on America (1999); and Reeve, The New Jackals (1999)], the title gives the real thrust of the article. Powers concludes that there should be a wide-ranging investigation of the "intelligence failure" associated with 9/11 and that DCI Tenet should be replaced.

McCutcheon, Chuck. “CIA's Role in Afghan War Restores Tenet's Image on Hill.” Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, 2 Feb. 2002, 311-313.

"Strong Capitol Hills ties, a solid relationship with President Bush and the success of U.S. intelligence in the war in Afghanistan have helped George J. Tenet hold on to his job as CIA director," given the "intelligence failure of unprecedented proportions" represented by the 11 September 2001 attacks.

Baer, Susan. "Tenet Survives Despite CIA Woes." Baltimore Sun, 6 Feb. 2002. [http://www. baltimoresun.com]

"[I]f anyone was likely to take the fall" for the events of 9/11, "it would be Tenet. Yet,... few are pointing fingers at him. Instead, lawmakers have seen Sept. 11 as a government-wide breakdown, with plenty of blame to go around. And far from being ousted,... Tenet has emerged as a key architect of the war on terror."

Pincus, Walter. "Tenet's Mideast Role Again Brings Questions." Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2002, A18. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"Secretary of State Colin L. Powell's announcement in Jerusalem last week that CIA Director George J. Tenet could return to the Middle East rekindled a debate surrounding his previous work as an intermediary between Palestinian and Israeli security officials."

Pincus, Walter. "Tenet, Arafat Aide Discuss Palestinian Security Force." Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2002, A20. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 10 August 2002, DCI George J. Tenet "discussed plans to reconstruct the Palestinian Authority's security forces with Yasser Arafat's new interior minister, Abdul Razek Yehiyeh, according to administration and Palestinian sources."

Loeb, Vernon, and Dana Priest. "Tenet Expresses Ire at 'Bias' of Panel Staff." Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2002, A9. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

In a letter to committee leaders, DCI George J. Tenet "has accused the staff of a special House-Senate intelligence committee of 'bias' and asked its leaders to keep their aides from poisoning the atmosphere of a public investigation into intelligence failures surrounding the Sept. 11 terror attacks." See also, Neil A. Lewis and James Risen, "C.I.A. Chief Angrily Assails Panel Staff for Notation Questioning Officer's Honesty," New York Times, 28 Sep. 2002, A10.

Gertz, Bill. "The Wrong Man at Langley." National Review, 28 Oct. 2002, 18-19.

DCI George J. "Tenet has shown little ability to get better intelligence product out of the CIA. The agency's structural failure has been highlighted by the addition of special multidisciplinary centers: The bureaucrats are changing the agency's structure in the hope that a new organizational chart will actually solve the problem, but there is in fact little substantive improvement."

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