Porter Goss really is f*cking up in the CIA faster than anyone could have imagined. Remember in deleted scene in Fahrenheit 9/11 (here on Michael Moore’s site) when Goss admits on camera that he isn’t qualified to run the CIA? Guess he wasn’t kidding. Now folks are turning in their resignations. This is dangerous; if we’re in a war on terror and the CIA is imploding, we have to look ripe to the terrorists, Shrub.
John E. McLaughlin, a 32-year CIA veteran who was acting director for two months this summer until Goss took over, resigned after warning Goss that his top aide, former Capitol Hill staff member Patrick Murray, was treating senior officials disrespectfully and risked widespread resignations, the officials said.
Yesterday, the agency official who oversees foreign operations, Deputy Director of Operations Stephen R. Kappes, tendered his resignation after a confrontation with Murray. Goss and the White House pleaded with Kappes to reconsider and he agreed to delay his decision until Monday, the officials said.
Current and retired senior managers have criticized Goss, former chairman of the House intelligence committee, for not interacting with senior managers and for giving Murray too much authority over day-to-day operations. Murray was Goss’s chief of staff on the intelligence committee.
Transitions between CIA directors are often unsettling for career officers. Goss’s arrival has been especially tense because he brought with him four former members of the intelligence committee known widely on the Hill and within the agency for their abrasive management style and for their criticism of the agency’s clandestine services in a committee report.
Three are former mid-level CIA officials who left the agency disgruntled, according to former colleagues. The fourth, Murray, who also worked at the Justice Department, has a reputation for being highly partisan. When senior managers have gone to Goss to complain about his staff actions, one CIA officer said, Goss has told them: “Talk to my chief of staff. I don’t do personnel.”
The overall effect, said one former senior CIA official, who has kept up his contacts in the Directorate of Operations, “is that Goss doesn’t seem engaged at all.”