New CIA Nomination

photoFlorida Rep. Porter Goss has just been nominated as the new CIA Director by President Bush. Goss spent a decade as a CIA operative and served as House Intelligence Committee chairman for the last eight years. Bush claims that Goss "knows the CIA inside and out."

But the Democrats have already raised objections to the nomination. They say that Goss is too much a partisan for the position, recalling his time spent on the House floor in June as he criticized John Kerry and the Democratic Party's support of the intelligence community.

Many worry that the CIA is too embroiled in domestic politics. The new Director will face enormous challenges at a time when American security is threatened and the old guard in the CIA is on its way out.

Tune in tonight for a look at whether Porter Goss is the man for the job.


Robert Drogin, reporter for national security issues for the Los Angeles Times

Kevin O'Connell, Director of the Intelligence Policy Center, National Security Research Division

Robert Baer, former CIA Case Officer, author of
"Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude"

Roger Handberg, professor of political science and department chair at University at of Central Florida.

This program aired on August 10, 2004. The audio for this program is not available.


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