May 05, 2009

Bush's Top Spy Chief Was A Dumb Stooge

Remember that Bush and Cheney gave Goss unprecedented powers... See also, Iran-Contra, et al.

Secrecy Expert: Harman Leakers Likely Committed Felony | TPMMuckraker
"Goss was totally inept and corrupt," Ray McGovern, who was a CIA analyst for 27 years, told TPMmuckraker.

Goodman, the former CIA analyst, agreed, telling TPMmuckraker that Goss was "one of the worst committee chairman and one of the worst CIA directors" in history. While he was on the committee, said Goodman, Goss made clear that supporting the Bush administration was his only priority. "Goss was extremely partisan on the committee," Goodman continued. "The agency could do no wrong."

As for whether the Goss camp could have leaked Harman's wiretapped conversation to CQ, Goodman said: "All these people have very long memories, and long knives...."

1 comment:

Bukko_in_Australia said...

Porter Goss was my Congressman in the early 1990s. It's when I lived in a nice 2-bedroom, 2-bath house on the Gulf Coast of Florida, in a town named Port Charlotte. I guess you could liken the area to the surrounds of Townsville. Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Florida's equivalent to the Gold Coast, was on the other side of the state. This was the quieter, older-age-group Gulf of Mexico side, with a thin strip of modernity at the water's edge, backed by flat, swampy farmland that extended 150 K inland.

Goss got his reputation as the mayor of Sanibel Island, a barrier isle community with beautiful beaches, ritzy "view" houses, yacht clubs and tons of boutiquey places to shop. The area was infested with monied people who had moved out of the Midwest for retirement, and were right-wing as scared, change-resistant old folks often are.

He had a reputation as being fiscally intelligent, and when he ran the first time, he hinted in the press about how he had been involved in some shady CIA overthrow stuff during his spook days. That was enough to make him seem tough, a quality appreciated by semi-rich geezers and the pickup-driving construction worker class.

I never voted FOR him as a congressman, but I didn't vote AGAINST him either. That's because there were so few Democrats, and such a weak party organisation, that in 1996 and 1998, no one even challenged him. I mean, no names on the ballot to cast as protest vote for. IIRC, Goss wasn't on the ballot either, because the election officials didn't want to waste the space and ink when it was a foregone conclusion.

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