November 15, 2004


Goss Reportedly Rebuffed Senior Officials at CIA: Four Fear New Chief Is Isolating Himself (Walter Pincus and Dana Priest, November 14, 2004, Washington Post)

Within the past month, four former deputy directors of operations have tried to offer CIA Director Porter J. Goss advice about changing the clandestine service without setting off a rebellion, but Goss has declined to speak to any of them, said former CIA officials aware of the communications.

The four senior officials represent nearly two decades of experience leading the Directorate of Operations under both Republican and Democratic presidents. The officials were dismayed by the reaction and were concerned that Goss has isolated himself from the agency's senior staff, said former clandestine service officers aware of the offers.

The senior operations officials "wanted to talk as old colleagues and tell him to stop what he was doing the way he was doing it," said a former senior official familiar with the effort.

No one who has the President on his side is isolated.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 15, 2004 12:01 AM

This is the CIA's version of the old "We're from the government and we're here to help you," line. But I suppose if they're going public with their Daschle-like "deep concerns", it means they've given up their efforts to flip Goss and have decided to out him as a poential target in their battle against the White House.

Posted by: John at November 15, 2004 1:41 AM

The benefits of civilian control over the military are beyond dispute.

As should the benefits of the same control over the CIA.

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at November 15, 2004 7:53 AM

Their performance has been despicable. I hope Goss can clean out the partisan bureaucrats or relegate them to indifference for their forays into politics.

Posted by: Genecis at November 15, 2004 11:40 AM

The CIA is learning the hard way that they can't stand up to a united Congressional and Presidential front, especially when that is combined with the almost universal American distrust of the spy bizz and the similarly universal American view that the careerists at CIA are a motley collection of boobs, traitors and crooks.

Posted by: Bart at November 15, 2004 12:08 PM

"universal American view that the careerists at CIA are a motley collection of boobs, traitors and crooks. "

You forgot to put put "well earned and accurate" before that.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 15, 2004 12:30 PM


And you left out "immensely deserved" before that.

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at November 15, 2004 2:32 PM