Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Tenet Takes A Stand

Since the suprising resignation of the CIA head George Tenet, we have heard very little from him. The once prominent intelligence director has stepped down from the spotlight and has left many wondering how he feels about the 9/11 Report.

That all changed as he denounced Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee for he and the fellow committee members' efforts to reorganize crucial intelligence agencies. Tenet is quoted as saying: "This proposal reflects a dangerous misunderstanding of the business of intelligence. It would undermine years of effort to integrate disciplines -- hard-won steps that have led to some of the most significant intelligence successes in our history."

George Tenet, once recognized as the leader of intelligence, recognizes the proposed plan to merge the CIA with other agencies, including those under both the Pentagon and the Dept. of Homeland Security, as an effort to push "the security of the American people off a cliff." He addressed the fact that derailing the CIA at this critical time in our nation would only cause irreparable damage to the United States security.

In response to this unexpected opinion presented by Tenet, John D. Rockefeller (D-West Virginia) sided with the ex-CIA director, and stated his belief that this effort to reform the intelligence community went against the direct suggestions of the 9/11 Commission Report.

Tenet may have caused an uproar on Capitol Hill, but as always the group of people he is concerned with is not the bureaucrats or politicos, but the American people. Tenet's fierce stand for American security deserves a brief highlight. The intelligence community as a whole will surely miss the insight of the former CIA director. The 9/11 Report as it stands may be against Tenet in the long run, as the CIA was directly hit my the report, but in respect to American security-- Tenet may prevail.

(Note: I purchased the Report today at Walden Books!!)

1 comment:

Nick Speth said...

Hey I'm back! I've got so say a couple of quick things. First, Tenet shouldn't have stepped down, for any other reason than he didn't want to do it anymore. Keep in mind he'd been the longest CIA director in a very long time. Second, I don't agree that an extra cabinet-level department would fix anything. I think the problems are more basic than problems of administration.

I don't know exactly what is being proposed in the Senate Intel Committee, so I won't comment directly, but I will say that I still trust Mr. Tenet's decisions in most cases. He's a smart man who I can assure you isn't entirely out of the loop just yet.

p.s. Why'd you buy the Report? Did you get sick of reading PDF format all day? ...me too.