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Goss Isn’t Done With Housecleaning at CIA.

Bush hack and toady Porter “I’m not competent to run the CIA” Goss.

This power-hungry Bush toady is really tearing this place up, and he is compromising our security by either firing or driving out needed senior CIA officials. You don’t want to lose the good folks while cleaning out the dead weight. It’s apparent that much of the activity is politically motivated.

Current and former intelligence officials said Goss planned to replace the head of the CIA’s analytic branch, Jami A. Miscik, with a veteran analyst who already runs one of the agency’s major offices. Miscik heads the CIA’s Directorate of Intelligence, the division that drew much of the blame for erroneous assessments of weapons programs in prewar Iraq.

Goss also is said to be planning to replace other senior officers in the analytic branch and to push through changes designed to encourage analysts to be more aggressive in their assessments of developments on terrorism, weapons proliferation and other priority topics.

Although Goss has focused much of his attention during his first two months as director on the CIA’s spying cadre, an agency official close to Goss and his leadership team said: “They had the D.I. in their sights [when they arrived] and still do.”

The Directorate of Intelligence is the branch of the CIA responsible for analyzing trends and producing reports delivered to the president and other senior policymakers.

They haven’t gotten to the D.I. yet, but when they do, there will be more people screaming bloody murder,” the official said, referring to the outcry this week in Washington over the resignations of the two top officials in the CIA’s clandestine service. “There’s going to be a new deputy director for intelligence, and there’s going to be many senior-level positions that are going to be reassigned.”

…One criticism of Goss has been that in clashing with top officials in the CIA’s clandestine service, he has focused on the wrong target.

The directorate of operations â€? is not the crowd that wrote the national intelligence estimate on Iraq that was wrong, and it’s not the crowd that lost the clues leading up to 9/11 either,” Rep. Jane Harman (D-Venice), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said in a television interview this week.

Goss also faced criticism over portions of the Monday memo that were interpreted by some as ordering the CIA’s rank and file to back the Bush administration. Outlining what he termed “the rules of the road,” Goss said, “We support the administration and its policies in our work as agency employees.”

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding