"The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 amended the National Security Act to provide for a Director of National Intelligence who would assume some of the roles formerly fulfilled by the DCI, with a separate Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Porter J. Goss became Director of the Central Intelligence Agency on April 21, 2005. He served as Director of Central Intelligence from September 24, 2004, until April 21, 2005. [From https://www.cia.gov]
Materials arranged chronologically.
Associated Press. "Porter Goss Sworn in as CIA Chief." 24 Sep. 2004. [http://www.cnn.com]
On 24 September 2004, Porter Goss was sworn in as DCI.
Pincus, Walter, and Dana Priest. "Goss Brings 4 Staffers From Hill to CIA: New Director Quickly Makes His Mark on Agency With Personnel Decision." Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2004, A4. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
On 30 September 2004, DCI Porter J. Goss named four HPSCI staff members to top-level positions at the CIA. Michael V. Kostiw, previously staff director of the committee's terrorism subcommittee, was named to be "executive director -- the third-ranking spot at the agency." Kostiw "was at CIA for 10 years in the 1970s and 1980s."
"Goss also named Patrick Murray, the House committee's staff director, to be his chief of staff and Jay Jakub and Merrell Moorhead, two other committee staffers, as special assistants. Moorhead is to deal with strategic planning and Jakub with operations and analysis, according to a senior administration official. Jakub, who worked as an analyst at the agency before he joined the committee, was staff director of the panel's subcommittee on human intelligence and one of the authors of a highly critical report on the CIA's human intelligence operations."
Pincus, Walter. "Goss Choice Quit CIA In 1982 Under Fire." Washington Post, 3 Oct. 2004, A9. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
"[A]ccording to past and current agency officials," DCI Porter J. Goss's choice to be CIA executive director, Michael V. Kostiw, resigned under pressure from the CIA more than 20 years ago. "In late 1981, after he had been a case officer for 10 years, Kostiw was caught shoplifting in Langley, sources said." He was placed "on administrative leave for several weeks.... While on leave, Kostiw told friends he decided to resign. Agency officials at the time arranged for misdemeanor theft charges to be dropped and the police record expunged in return for his resignation and his agreement to get counseling, one former official said."
Pincus, Walter. "Goss Pick Withdraws From CIA Consideration." Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2004, A10. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
On 4 October 2004, "Michael V. Kostiw withdrew from consideration ... as CIA executive director.... CIA Director Porter J. Goss then named Kostiw his senior adviser.... Goss now must find a new nominee for the No. 3 post.... In the interim, Martin Petersen, the deputy executive director, will be acting director." See also, Douglas Jehl, "Aide Declines a Top C.I.A. Post After Questions," New York Times, 5 Oct. 2004.
Priest, Dana. "Goss Vows to Rebuild, Expand CIA: Director Tells Agency of Plans to Upgrade Spying Operations Overseas." Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2004. A2. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
In a private address to CIA employees on 24 September 2004, DCI Porter J. Goss "pledged to overhaul and enlarge the section of the agency that spies and conducts operations overseas, according to a transcript of his speech" obtained by The Washington Post. Goss "said the Directorate of Operations should take more risks, leave people in positions around the world longer, improve its language capabilities and 'have the ability to understand what is actually going on.'"
Jehl, Douglas. "C.I.A. Chief Seeks Change in Inspector's 9/11 Report." New York Times, 2 Nov. 2004. [http://www.nytimes.com]
According to Congressional and intelligence officials on 1 November 2004, a 27 October 2004 memorandum from DCI Porter J. Goss to Inspector General John Helgerson requests that "the C.I.A.'s inspector general ... modify a draft report on the Sept. 11 attacks to avoid drawing conclusions about whether individual C.I.A. officers should be held accountable for any failures."
Priest, Dana, and Walter Pincus. "Deputy Chief Resigns From CIA: Agency Is Said to Be in Turmoil Under New Director Goss." Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2004, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
Deputy Director of Central Intelligence John E. McLaughlin resigned on 12 November 2004. According to current and former CIA officials, McLaughlin's resignation came "after a series of confrontations over the past week between senior operations officials and CIA Director Porter J. Goss's new chief of staff [Patrick Murray] that have left the agency in turmoil." See also, Douglas Jehl, "No. 2 Official at the C.I.A. Announces He's Stepping Down," New York Times, 13 Nov. 2004; and Douglas Jehl, "New Chief Sets Off Turmoil Within the C.I.A.," New York Times, 14 Nov. 2004.
Pincus, Walter, and Dana Priest. "Goss Reportedly Rebuffed Senior Officials at CIA: Four Fear New Chief Is Isolating Himself." Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2004, A6. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
According to former CIA officials, "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." The four former DDOs who have tried to offer Goss advice are "Thomas Twetten, Jack Downing, Richard F. Stoltz and the recently retired James L. Pavitt."
Priest, Dana, and Walter Pincus. "CIA Chief Seeks to Reassure Employees: E-Mail Sent After 2 Officials Resign." Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2004, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
On 15 November 2004, DCI Porter J. Goss "wrote in an internal e-mail to CIA employees" that they should "expect 'a series of changes' in the days and weeks ahead, 'in the organization, personnel' and mission of the agency." The e-mail was read to the Washington Post by "two people."
Jehl, Douglas. "New C.I.A. Chief Tells Workers to Back Administration Policies." New York Times, 17 Nov. 2004. [http://www.nytimes.com]
According to a copy of an internal memorandum obtained by the New York Times, DCI Porter J. Goss "has told Central Intelligence Agency employees that their job is to 'support the administration and its policies in our work.'"
Duffy, Michael. "In Your Face at the CIA." Time, 29 Nov. 2004, 24-27.
"Porter Goss says the CIA needs an overhaul. But is he fixing what's broken -- or conducting a purge?"
Marshall, C. Kevin. "Memorandum Opinion: Status of the Director of Central Intelligence Under the National Security Intelligence Reform Act of 2004." Washington, DC: Justice Department, Office of Legal Counsel, 12 Jan. 2005. [Available at: http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/doj/olc011205.pdf]
"[W]hen the Intelligence Reform Act takes effect the then-current DCI would not require a new appointment to serve as DCIA."
Hosenball, Mark. "You're Fired." Newsweek,17 Jan. 2005, 10.
"In curt form letters sent out in November, CIA Director Porter Goss told members of three secretive CIA advisory panels their services were no longer required.... Intel sources say Kissinger was among those who felt unhappy about their treatment."
Associated Press. "Goss Calls CIA Chief's Duties Overwhelming." Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2005, A26. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
In an hour-long address at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on 2 March 2005, "CIA Director Porter J. Goss said he is overwhelmed by the many duties of his job, including devoting five hours a day to preparing for and delivering intelligence briefings to President Bush."
Linzer, Dafna. "Goss, 8 Ex-Chiefs of CIA Mark Old Post's Passing: Responsibilities Now Held by Negroponte." Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2005, A11. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
At CIA headquarters in Langley, VA, on 16 August 2005, "CIA Director Porter J. Goss threw a wake.... With eight former intelligence chiefs at his side, including former president George H.W. Bush, Goss honored the influential and powerful position they have all held: director of central intelligence, a job that no longer exists."
Linzer, Dafna. "A Year Later, Goss's CIA Is Still in Turmoil: Congress to Ask Why Spy Unit Continues to Lose Personnel." Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2005, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
CIA Director Porter J. Goss remains "at loggerheads with the clandestine service.... At least a dozen senior officials ... have resigned, retired early or requested reassignment. The directorate's second-in-command walked out of Langley last month and then told senators in a closed-door hearing that he had lost confidence in Goss's leadership."
Associated Press. "Turkish PM Meets With CIA Director." 13 Dec. 2005. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
On 13 December 2005, CIA director Porter Goss met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan "for talks that were expected to focus on a Kurdish rebel group [the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)] that is considered a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union. Goss has been holding closed meetings with Turkish intelligence and security officials since his arrival" on 11 December 2005.
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