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George John Tenet MIA

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June 2006: "Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, B.S.F.S., 1976; Columbia University, School of International Affairs, M.I.A., 1978

Legislative Assistant, Legislative Director, office of Senator John Heinz, 1982-85

Staff Member, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), 1985-88

Staff Director, SSCI, 1988-93

Member of President-elect Clinton’s national security transition team, 1992-93

Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Intelligence Programs, National Security Council, 1993-95

Deputy Director of Central Intelligence, 3 July 1995–11 July 1997"
June 2006:

Third-Party Descriptions

April 2012: 'It’s been a very fast descent into the drone age. Shortly before Sept. 11, then–CIA director George Tenet said it would be “a terrible mistake” to use a weapon like the Predator. It would be illegal, for one thing, and would lose the battle for hearts and minds. At the time, the U.S. condemned Israel’s policy of assassinating Palestinians.'

June 2008: 'But the questions about al-Libi may be the most significant--and embarrassing--new disclosure in the Senate panel's report, both for the White House and the CIA. The Senate report found that al-Libi was "the principal intelligence source" for assertions by Bush, CIA director George Tenet, national-security adviser Condoleezza Rice and Powell that Iraq had provided chemical and biological weapons training to Al Qaeda operatives.'

January 2008: "Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey announced last week that the Justice Department had opened a criminal investigation into the tapes' destruction, even as lawmakers vowed to continue pursuing their own inquiries into the episode. Former CIA officials have begun seeking outside counsel and some, including former CIA director George J. Tenet, have hired attorneys to represent them, sources say."

August 2007: Former central intelligence director George J. Tenet and his top lieutenants failed to marshal sufficient resources and provide the strategic planning needed to counter the threat of terrorism in the years before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, according to a summary released yesterday of a long-secret CIA report.

June 2007: There can be no doubt that, while the delay was costly to Tenet, it was very valuable to the White House. The net effect was to push the book's publication date beyond the 2006 midterm elections. In the course of these book deliberations, Tenet received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

December 2005: CIA officials stress that apprehensions and renditions are among the most sure-fire ways to take potential terrorists out of circulation quickly. In 2000, then-CIA Director George J. Tenet said that 'renditions have shattered terrorist cells and networks, thwarted terrorist plans, and in some cases even prevented attacks from occurring.' The Counterterrorist Center

May 2006: McCarthy was drawn into the CIA's wrenching internal debate over treatment of foreign detainees when she was recruited by Inspector General John L. Helgerson in the summer of 2004 to oversee the agency's criminal probe of alleged wrongdoing in the war on Iraq. CIA Director George J. Tenet requested the probe shortly before he was replaced by Goss.

October 2005: The CIA will not seek to hold any current or former agency officials, including ex-director George J. Tenet, responsible for failures leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, CIA Director Porter J. Goss said yesterday, despite a recommendation by the agency's inspector general that he convene an 'accountability board' to judge their performance.

June 2004: Resigned from Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) effective July 2004.

May 2002: director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) 1997-.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Organization May 4, 2005
Student/Trainee (past or present) Columbia University Organization Jun 16, 2006
Student/Trainee (past or present) Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Georgetown University Organization Jan 10, 2008
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) US Senate Organization Jun 16, 2006
Supervisor of (past or present) John O. Brennan Person May 12, 2010
Subordinate of (past or present) President George W. Bush Person Jun 16, 2006
Advisor/Consultant to (past or present) Subordinate of (past or present) President William ("Bill") Jefferson Clinton Person Jun 16, 2006
Subordinate of (past or present) Sen. John Heinz III Person Jun 16, 2006
Appointed/Selected A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard Esq. Person Mar 24, 2008
Supervisor of (past or present) John McLaughlin Person Jul 12, 2005

Articles and Resources

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Apr 28, 2012 Buy Your Own Drone! Now Only $300 Online: We don’t need to imagine the future anymore.... In the dystopian reality of 2012, the drone can ruin your life in ways you never imagined.

QUOTE: independent data suggest that U.S. drones have killed hundreds of women and children. That should be no surprise, since the CIA is using the same forms of intelligence that landed 779 people in Guantánamo Bay, more than 80 percent of whom were subsequently shown not to be terrible terrorists. The intel the agency relies on is purchased by offering bounties to people who would sell their own grandmothers for half the price.

The Daily Beast
Apr 27, 2011 Honoring Those Who Said No

QUOTE: Thus far, though, our official history has honored only those who approved torture, not those who rejected it… But averting our eyes from recent history means not only that we fail in our legal and moral duty to provide redress to victims of torture, but also that we betray the public servants who risked so much to reverse what they knew was a disastrous and shameful course.

New York Times
Jul 21, 2009 CIA Committed Fraud, Judge Writes in Ruling: 5 Involved in Suit Could Face Sanctions

QUOTE: A federal judge has ruled that government officials committed fraud while defending a lawsuit brought by a former DEA agent who accused a CIA operative of illegally bugging his home.

Washington Post
Jul 11, 2009 Cheney Is Linked to Concealment of C.I.A. Project

QUOTE: The Central Intelligence Agency withheld information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress for eight years on direct orders from former Vice President Dick Cheney...

New York Times
Jun 18, 2008 Candidates Clash on Terrorism: In Sharp Exchange, Each Side Calls Other's Position a Risk

QUOTE: In a Tuesday morning conference call with reporters, McCain advisers criticized Obama as "naive" and "delusional" in his approach to the handling of terrorism suspects after he expressed support for last week's Supreme Court decision granting detainees the right to seek habeas corpus hearings. Obama fired back, saying the Republicans who had led failed efforts to capture Osama bin Laden lacked the standing to criticize him on the issue.

Washington Post
Jun 11, 2008 Spies, Lies and the White House: Buried in a Senate report, new revelations about pre-war deception

QUOTE: A previously undisclosed CIA report written in the summer of 2002 questioned the "credibility" and "truthfulness" of an Al Qaeda detainee who became a key source for the Bush administration's claims about links between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.

Jan 10, 2008 Ex-CIA Official May Refuse To Testify About Videotapes

QUOTE: The [subpoena] comes as part of an escalating, three-way confrontation between Congress, the Justice Department and a group of former CIA officials involved in the decision to destroy the videotapes, which showed the use of harsh interrogation tactics on two suspected al-Qaeda operatives in 2002.

Washington Post
Aug 22, 2007 CIA Finds Holes in Pre-9/11 Work: Agency Reluctantly Releases 2-Year-Old Document Critical of Tenet

QUOTE: Former central intelligence director George J. Tenet and his top lieutenants failed to marshal sufficient resources and provide the strategic planning needed to counter the threat of terrorism in the years before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, according to a summary released yesterday of a long-secret CIA report.

Washington Post
Jun 26, 2007 Advance Man: Did the Bushes get to George Tenet?

QUOTE: Why did [George Tenet,] who seemed so bent on cashing in put off writing his memoir--at a loss of some $2 million? There can be no doubt that, while the delay was costly to Tenet, it was very valuable to the White House.

Jun 03, 2007 Before War, CIA Warned of Negative Outcomes: Analysts in 2002 Described Worst-Case Scenarios, Including Anarchy in Iraq, Global Antipathy to U.S.

QUOTE: On Aug. 13, 2002, the CIA completed a classified, six-page intelligence analysis that described the worst scenarios that could arise after a U.S.-led removal of Saddam Hussein: anarchy and territorial breakup in Iraq, a surge of global terrorism, and a deepening of Islamic antipathy toward the United States. .... Before the war ... the Bush administration ... either buried or ignored the agency's more accurate assessments of the problems that could emerge in the aftermath of regime change in Iraq, the Senate report said.

Washington Post
Jun 01, 2007 The corporate takeover of U.S. intelligence: The U.S. government now outsources a vast portion of its spying operations to private firms -- with zero public accountability.

QUOTE: The federal government relies more than ever on outsourcing for some of its most sensitive work, though it has kept details about its use of private contractors a closely guarded secret. Intelligence experts, and even the government itself, have warned of a critical lack of oversight for the booming intelligence business.

May 20, 2007 Assessments Made in 2003 Foretold Situation in Iraq: Intelligence Studies List Internal Violence, Terrorist Activity

QUOTE: Two intelligence assessments from January 2003 predicted that the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and subsequent U.S. occupation of Iraq could lead to internal violence and provide a boost to Islamic extremists and terrorists in the region, according to congressional sources and former intelligence officials familiar with the prewar studies.

Washington Post
May 17, 2007 It's Our Cage, Too: Torture Betrays Us and Breeds New Enemies

QUOTE: These assertions that "torture works" [are] false security .... The study shows a disturbing level of tolerance for abuse of prisoners in some situations. This underscores what we know as military professionals: Complex situational ethics cannot be applied during the stress of combat.

Washington Post
May 11, 2007 How the CIA Failed America

QUOTE: Tenet insists on equating two statements that are not at all the same: that Iraq was responsible for Sept. 11 -- which I never said -- and that removing Saddam Hussein before he could share chemical, biological or nuclear weapons with terrorists had become an urgent matter, which I did say.

Washington Post
May 07, 2007 Teaching Recent History From Opposite Perspectives: At Georgetown, It's Feith vs. Tenet and Policy vs. Intelligence

QUOTE: Tenet and Feith are teaching rival versions of recent history and taking their disagreements public. Each is teaching a class that reflects his own worldview and experience in institutions -- the Defense Department and the CIA -- that saw the world in starkly different terms.

Washington Post
Apr 03, 2007 How Bogus Letter Became a Case for War: Intelligence Failures Surrounded Inquiry on Iraq-Niger Uranium Claim

QUOTE: The uranium claim would become a crucial justification for the invasion of Iraq...Dozens of interviews with current and former intelligence officials and policymakers in the United States, Britain, France and Italy show that the Bush administration disregarded key information available at the time showing that the Iraq-Niger claim was highly questionable.

Washington Post
Sep 30, 2006 Book Says Top Aide Urged Bush to Fire Rumsfeld

QUOTE: Former White House chief of staff Andrew H. Card Jr. on two occasions tried and failed to persuade President Bush to fire Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld....Card left the administration in March, convinced that Iraq would be compared to Vietnam and that history would record that no senior administration officials had raised their voices in opposition to the conduct of the war.

Washington Post
Sep 08, 2006 The Long Intelligence Haul: Real reform doesn't take five years. It takes a generation.

QUOTE: there is near-universal agreement today that political pressure corrupts intelligence analysis...But overhauling U.S. intelligence to better prevent false negatives represents a much greater challenge.

Sep 06, 2006 Show and Tell: Can we believe Bush this time?

QUOTE: I thought the details Bush offered today sounded fairly persuasive. But for him to ask us to simply trust him about anything at this point is a hard sell.

May 14, 2006 Fired Officer Believed CIA Lied to Congress: Friends Say McCarthy Learned of Denials About Detainees' Treatment

QUOTE: ...another CIA officer -- the agency's deputy inspector general...was startled to hear what she considered an outright falsehood...during the discussion of legislation that would constrain the CIA's interrogations. That CIA officer was Mary O. McCarthy, 61, who was fired on April 20 for allegedly sharing classified information with journalists...

Washington Post

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