Directors of Central Intelligence

Tenet's Writings and Speeches

Materials arranged chronologically.

[Tenet, George.] "Senate Confirmation Hearings." Periscope 22, no. 3 (Jul. 1997): 2-3.

Report on Tenet's remarks to Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on 6 May 1997.

[Tenet, George.] "Remarks at the Central Intelligence Retirees Association, 16 September 1997: George Tenet, Director of Cemtral Intelligence." CIRA Newsletter 22, no. 3 (Winter 1997/98): 3-5.

Delivered at CIRA Banquet, 16 September 1997, in McLean, VA.

[Tenet, George.] "Does America Need the CIA? Keynote Remarks by DCI." Periscope 22, no. 2 (1998): 1-3. Vital Speeches of the Day 64, no. 7 (15 Jan. 1998): 197-199.

Remarks by DCI at Gerald Ford Library Conference, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 11 November 1997.

[Tenet, George J.] "Statement by George J. Tenet, Director of Central Intelligence." Washington, DC: CIA, Public Affairs Office, 29 Jan. 1998. [https://www.cia.gov]

A 17-month investigation by the CIA's Inspector General (IG) "has found no evidence that would substantiate The San Jose Mercury News allegations that the CIA had any involvement with Ricky Ross, Oscar Danilo Blandon, or Juan Norwin Meneses, or in cocaine trafficking in California to raise funds for the Nicaraguan Contras."

[Tenet, George J.] "DCI Statement on Declassification." Washington, DC: CIA, Public Affairs Office, 15 Jul. 1998. [http://www.fas.org/irp/cia/news/ps071598.html]

"[T]he demands for declassification review far exceed the capabilities of the personnel who are available under current budgetary limitations to perform it. This forces us to make choices in terms of what information will be reviewed first.... I am announcing today the priorities that will guide the Agency's historical declassification efforts for the foreseeable future." See also, George Lardner, "CIA Won't Declassify Files; Blames Budget," Washington Post, 16 Jul. 1998, A15.

Tenet, George J. "The U-2 Program: The DCI's Perspective." Studies in Intelligence, Winter 1998-1999: 1-4.

Remarks at symposium, "The U-2: A Revolution in Intelligence," at National Defense University, Ft. McNair, Washington, DC, 17 September 1998. A quote: "The U-2 ... may be one of the greatest achievements of any intelligence service of any nation."

Tenet, George J. "What 'New' Role for the C.I.A.?" Washington, DC: CIA, Public Affairs Office, 1998. [https://www.cia.gov]

This 28 October 1998 press release includes the notation "Originally published in the New York Times, October 27, 1998."

"For many years the C.I.A. has been working with the Israeli Government and the Palestinian Authority to combat terrorists in their midst.

"We have also tried to improve communications between the two sides on security matters as well as to improve the professionalism of security forces on the West Bank and Gaza. Just as important, we have tried to bolster confidence among all responsible parties that appropriate steps are being taken to end violence. There is nothing new in this role for the C.I.A.

"Another part of our mission will be to keep American policy makers informed about how the agreement they brokered is being carried out. Again, there is nothing new in this. The agency has long assisted policy makers in their efforts to make international agreements viable....

"It is also important that Americans understand what is not part of the agency's role. The C.I.A. is not interposing itself between two combatants. We are not placing officers inside the security operations of either side. We will not arrest or interrogate people or assume any other direct role on the ground.

"In sum, the C.I.A. is not making policy, but helping carry it out."

[Tenet, George J.] "[Text of] DCI Statement on the Belgrade Chinese Embassy Bombing, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Open Hearing, 22 July 1999." Washington, DC: CIA, 1999. [https://www.cia.gov]

See Vernon Loeb, "CIA Accepts 'Responsibility' for Embassy Bombing," Washington Post, 23 Jul. 1999, A16; and Eric Schmitt, "In a Fatal Error, C.I.A. Picked a Bombing Target Only Once: The Chinese Embassy," New York Times, 23 Jul. 1999.

Tenet, George J. "The Worldwide Threat in 2000: Global Realities of Our National Security. Statement by Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee." Washington, D.C.: 21 March 2000.

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Tenet, George J. "The CIA and the Security Challenges of the New Century." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 13, no. 2 (Summer 2000): 133-143.

"[T]he United States as a nation is at a historic decision point.... [O]ur Intelligence Community is stretched to the limit.... [I]f the United States does not make serious, sustained investments in intelligence over the next five to seven years ... it will miss opportunities and foreclose options that it will dearly wish it had."

Tenet, George J. "Letters to the Editor: CIA Analysts Are Not Pro-China Apologists." Washington Times, 1 Nov. 2000. [http://www.washtimes.com]

"I am writing to register a strong objection to the section of the Oct. 27 Inside the Ring titled 'Target: CIA China shop.' You characterize several CIA employees as pro- China apologists and charge that they have bent our China analysis to fit some preconceived notion. This is not only false, but it also assails the integrity of outstanding analysts. These are dedicated professionals who observe the highest standards of analytic tradecraft and whose work has reflected a balanced appraisal of China, including the risks for the United States that you say they ignore."

[Tenet, George J.] "[Text of] Remarks As Prepared for Delivery by the Director of Central Intelligence [at the Town Hall of Los Angeles, 7 December 2000.]" Washington, DC: CIA, Public Affairs Office, 2000. [https://www.cia.gov]

"Intelligence work is not safe or easy. Nor is it free. Our country faces a range of opportunities and threats.... That full plate of issues -- indeed, the very extent of our involvement in the world -- has stretched the capabilities of US Intelligence to their limit.... If America is to stay globally engaged, to stay a leader -- even to stay safe -- it needs a strong diplomatic service, a strong military, and strong, sustained investments in intelligence."

[Tenet, George J.] "Statement by George J. Tenet, Director of Central Intelligence, on the Death of a CIA Officer in Afghanistan." Washington, DC: CIA, 28 Nov. 2001. [https://www.cia.gov]

"It is my sad duty to announce that one of our officers at the Central Intelligence Agency has died in the line of duty in Afghanistan.

"Johnny Micheal 'Mike' Spann, who worked in the Directorate of Operations, was where he wanted to be: on the front lines serving his country.

"Given the nature of the CIA's mission, I can publicly discuss his activities and the circumstances surrounding his death only in broad terms.

"Mike was in the fortress of Mazar-e Sharif, where Taliban prisoners were being held and questioned. Although these captives had given themselves up, their pledge of surrender -- like so many other pledges from the vicious group they represent -- proved worthless.

"Their prison uprising -- which had murder as its goal -- claimed many lives, among them that of a very brave American, whose body was recovered just hours ago.

"Mike joined CIA in June 1999. A young man -- only 32 years old -- he was no stranger to challenge or daring. He came to us from the United States Marine Corps, whose traditions he loved and whose values of courage and commitment he carried with him to the end.

"Quiet, serious, and absolutely unflappable, Mike's stoicism concealed a dry sense of humor and a heart of gold. His brand of leadership was founded not on words, but on deeds -- deeds performed in conditions of hazard and hardship.

"His was a career of promise in a life of energy and achievement. A precious life given in a noble cause. Mike fell bringing freedom to a distant people while defending freedom for all of us here at home.

"Mike Spann was an American hero, a man who showed passion for his country and his Agency through his selfless courage. Mike Spann will live forever in our memories. May God grant him eternal peace and give his wonderful family the strength to carry on.

"His CIA family, too, is in mourning. But just as we grieve together, we work together to continue the mission that Mike Spann held sacred. And so we will continue our battle against evil -- with renewed strength and spirit.

"We owe that to Mike and to every man and woman who dreams of a future free of the menace of terrorism."

Tenet, George J. [Letter to: The Honorable Porter J. Goss, Chairman, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, House of Representatives.] Press Release, 24 Jun. 2004. [http://www.fas.org/irp/news/2004/06/dci062304.html]

The DCI states: "I was very much surprised ... by the tone and content of some of the report language associated with HPSCI's FY 2005 Authorization Bill.... I am deeply disappointed at the way the report has chosen to question the leadership and capabilities of the Clandestine Service.... Some of the Committee's criticisms of the CIA's Directorate of Intelligence are, in my view, similarly ill-informed."

Tenet, George J., with Bill Harlow. At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA. New York: HarperCollins, 2007.

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