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Porter Goss

Senate Approval of Goss was a Courtesy Vote at Best
25-Sep-04
Porter Goss

Capitol Times: "The Senate's [approval of Porter] Goss was not a vote of confidence. Rather, it was a courtesy vote...It is the tradition of the Senate to approve the nominations of members of the current Congress to serve in high-level positions. And Goss benefited more from that tradition than he did from his own performance in hearings...The Floridian came off as precisely the wrong sort of leader for an agency that suffers from a lack of focus and cohesion. Goss did not offer himself as a take-charge kind of guy. Rather, he came off as a take-no-responsibility kind of guy. During a discussion of how to improve operations at the agency, Goss grumbled, 'absence of proof of adequate intelligence oversight should not be considered proof of the absence of forthcoming intelligence reforms.' The problem with that statement, of course, is that Goss was the guy responsible for intelligence oversight when he served in the House."

Porter Goss: a Rightwing Trojan Horse with an Overnight Paint Job
15-Sep-04
Porter Goss

Fugop: "Usually, when a nominee is subjected to Senate scrutiny, he or she will have to disavow or explain controversial prior statements. Usually, those statements are more than a couple of months old. Porter Goss, Bush's nominee for Director of Central Intelligence, is unusual. Goss has apparently discovered a commitment to bipartisanship, quite an accomplishment for a person who" has a history that screams with evidence of extreme partisanship. (Fugop lists several pieces of this evidence). Can Congress really be such a pack of idiots that they don't remember how Ashcroft, at his confirmation hearings, vowed that his extremist views were "old history" and how darn moderate he suddenly was? Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice - shame on me.

UNFIT TO COMMAND US INTELLIGENCE: Story Summaries from the Democrats.com Archive on Porter Goss
14-Sep-04
Porter Goss

Sample: "There is, thankfully, a remnant of CIA professionals who still put objective analysis above political correctness and career advancement. Just when they thought there were no indignities left for them to suffer, they are shuddering again at press reports that Rep. Porter Goss (R-FL) may soon be their new boss. That possibility conjures up a painful flashback for those of us who served as CIA analysts when Richard Nixon was president. Chalk it up to our naivete' but we were taken aback when swashbuckling James Schlesinger, who followed Richard Helms as CIA director, announced on arrival, 'I am here to see that you guys don't screw Richard Nixon!'... [Goss] has long shown himself to be under the spell of Vice President Dick Cheney, and would likely report primarily to him and to White House political adviser Karl Rove rather than to National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice."

Was Porter Goss a CIA Assassin?
24-Aug-04
Porter Goss

"The MadCow Morning News has learned that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Republican Porter J Goss of Sanibel Island Florida is a previously undisclosed member of the secret society 'Book & Snake' at Yale. President George W Bush's nominee to head the nation's flagship intelligence agency also appears to be visible in a photograph taken in 1963 in a Mexico City nightclub of members of the CIA's secret assassination squad known as 'Operation Forty.' The twin discoveries come as news reports indicate that Democrats have decided not to make a serious issue of Goss's appointment. The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee [Jane Harman] went so far as to warn fellow Democrats Sunday against trying to block the nomination... No questions have yet been raised about the propriety of confirming as CIA Director someone who may have belonged to an assassination squad which was reportedly a joint collaboration between the CIA and the Mob."

 


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