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11/25/2004

 

The CIA Quits


"If you can't stand the heat…"

Two super-secret clandestine "barons" from the CIA's Directorate of Operations have quit their jobs. I prefaced this post with that old line, as it seems to be the case here. Porter Goss was charged with directing the CIA in such a way as to be once again effective, and that is what he is attempting to do. The barons, as they were called, chose to go private rather than adapt.

The New York Times reports that the men, the unnamable chiefs of the European and Far East divisions, were said to be "comfortable with new management."

Interestingly, former DCI George Tenet told the 9-11 Commission in open testimony that he was interested in making changes in the agency which may have turned out to be similar to what Goss is doing.

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