CIA Director Porter Goss Resigns

This isn’t part of some White House shake-up. This is a scandal-plagued Bush appointee resigning just as an investigation into another Republican corruption scandal hits too close to home.

Former Republican lawmaker and current CIA Director Porter Goss’s name has surfaced time and time again in the Republican bribe scheme, which began with a focus on disgraced Republican Congressman Duke Cunningham and his Republican lobbyists (hmm, do I think I mentioned “Republican” enough in that sentence?).

It is Goss’s hand-picked #3 man at the CIA, Kyle “Dusty” Foggo who is under serious investigation in connection with a massive bribery scheme that touches on sweetheart deals, million dollar contracts, and yes, even hookers.

You will recall that Ken Silverstein, based on a source, noted that the prostitution scandal could touch a former lawmaker “who now holds a powerful intelligence post.” Speculation abounded that Porter Goss fit that description perfectly.

It may not be the hookers. It may not be his possible participation in a million-dollar bribery scheme affecting our national security. It may be that he hated his job, and the CIA hated him. Or it may just be that Goss decided to spent time with his family. The best spin they’ve been able to cook up on short notice is that he was unhappy about his reduced access to the Pres. That’s some pretty weak spin… I guess they miss Rove who is now tasked with trying to save their ass in the upcoming elections. Despite the whitewash in the press, its pretty clear that this surprise abandonment really cold-cocked Georgie boy.

But the press has a duty to find out why one of our nation’s top intelligence officials just up and quit all of sudden on a Friday afternoon. This is not the first high level resignation at the CIA, which is basically in free-fall. The wheels are really coming off at the Bush regime.

Give the guy a Medal of Freedom!

Ah, the spin has started. Here’s the lead from the Beeb:

[i]CIA boss in surprise resignation
Porter Goss announces his resignation next to George Bush
Porter Goss’s resignation surprised friends and pundits alike
US President George Bush has unexpectedly announced that the head of the CIA, Porter Goss, is stepping down.

No reason was given for the move, which was presented at a hastily arranged press call at the White House, where the two men exchanged compliments. [/i][/quote]

And here’s the spin from ABC:

CIA Director Porter Goss Resigns in Latest High-Profile Change of Bush Administration Personnel

WASHINGTON May 5, 2006 (AP)


[quote] Officials: General to head CIA
Negroponte aide to replace Goss after apparent power struggle

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Bush has settled on Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden as his choice for CIA director, and an announcement is planned for Monday, senior administration officials told CNN late Friday.

Hayden, 61, is the principal deputy to National Intelligence Director John Negroponte.

If confirmed by the Senate, Hayden would replace Porter Goss, who abruptly resigned the CIA post earlier Friday after losing what intelligence sources described as a power struggle with Negroponte.

Hayden was director of the National Security Agency in 2001 when Bush authorized a controversial program allowing the agency to monitor the communications of people inside the United States who were in contact with suspected terrorists overseas without first obtaining a warrant.

Critics charge the surveillance program is a violation of law and an assault on civil liberties. Hayden has defended the program, insisting that it is a necessary tool to thwart terrorists and that the process of obtaining warrants is too slow and cumbersome to deal with “a lethal enemy.”

Intelligence sources told CNN that Goss’ resignation was triggered by differences with Negroponte over plans to move staff, including analysts from the CIA’s counterterrorism center, to other intelligence agencies.

Goss was worried about too many people being taken out of key roles, the sources said.
(link removed - in original article)

Also, requests for information by Negroponte’s office, which was created in December 2004 to oversee all U.S. intelligence efforts, were overtaxing CIA employees to the point that their work was being interfered with, the intelligence sources said.

“There’s been a steady encroachment on what we do,” one intelligence official said, and Goss felt he needed to resign rather than accept it.(more at CNN link) … index.html[/quote]

Additional details:
CIA Director Porter Goss Resigns

It may simply be that Goss completed his transitional mission and it was the
appropriate time to put at the head of the CIA someone who could well run the
place for the next 5-10 years. I believe that Goss indicated that these were
his plans when he accepted the nod for DCI.
From another site:
"Porter Goss will be 68 in November. He has been in almost continual government
service since 1960 when he joined the Army. He joined the CIA in 1962, left in
1972 and briefly went into private life in Florida before going into politics
and winning a seat on his City Council in 1974. He ran for and won a seat as a
county commissioner in 1983 where he served until he ran for Congress in 1988.
He served in Congress for 16 years until he was named CIA Director in 2004.

Nearly 46 straight years in public life is a lot for anyone. He had been talking
about retiring before the President named him CIA Director, and it was understood
at the time that Goss didn’t want the job for a long time."

Yes, yes, the spin sounds very plausible, yes, its all going according to plan.

But none of this explains the sudden surprise of Goss’ resignation.

Even though he was 68, I like the hooker theory best.

I think you’ll really like General Hayden…heh heh heh… :smiling_imp:

Hayden is the the wrong man at the wrong place at the wrong time. But don’t take my word for it…


Yet another looney who is criminally insane working with the neo cons.

"'The Bush administration, always anxious to reward misconduct and mismanagement, now wants Hayden to bring his baggage to a decimated Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Based on Hayden’s past at the National Security Agency, Langley should stand by for psychiatric abuse, more Gestapo-like tactics from imported security personnel from Fort Meade, contractor fraud, FBI “sting” set ups like that which befell NSA Iraqi shop SIGINT analyst Ken Ford, Jr. – the author of a SIGINT report that stated reports of Iraqi WMDs were not backed up by intercepts of Iraqi communications – and a general disregard for the law.

There will also be harassment by Hayden of retired and former CIA officers who continue to speak out. This was a hallmark of Hayden’s tenure at NSA where he subjected former NSA officers and journalists to whom they spoke to special surveillance from an intelligence database code-named FIRSTFRUITS. Hayden bringing his special baggage from Fort Meade to Langley: The situation at the CIA can only get worse with “Hitler Hayden” at the helm."

Next CIA Head Backed Spying on Citizens, “Doesn’t Understand” 4th Amendment … Hayden.htm

Good to see you lads have your knickers in a knot. Lets me know things are proceeding along the right course.
Now reflect upon this…they’re not listening in on calls; they were/are seeing where a telephone call is dialed to. Hardly an invasion of privacy (which isn’t in the Constitution anyway).

Friday, May 5- Goss suddenly resigns, with no warning and no chosen successor

Tuesday, May 9- Kyle Foggo, who was elevated from mid-level management of procurement to be No.3 man at the CIA by Goss, announces his retirement

Saturday, May 13- by an amazing coincidence, FBI agents and CIA internal investigators launch raids on Foggo’s house and office seeking evidence of corruption and bribery.


More than 30 agents from the FBI, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the Internal Revenue Service and the CIA inspector general’s office took part in the raids, according to Debbie Weierman, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Washington Field Office. Weierman said she could not comment further because affidavits describing the scope of the search were sealed.

Foggo, 51, was hired in 2004 by Porter J. Goss, the former Republican congressman who was pushed aside last week as CIA director. The choice of Foggo to be the agency’s executive director, whose portfolio is similar to that of chief operating officer, was greeted with deep skepticism within the agency at a time when senior intelligence officers were resigning to protest what they perceived as Goss’s weak management style and partisan staff choices.[/quote]