An accountability board has advised CIA Director, Porter Goss, that he should conduct disciplinary reviews for current and former CIA employees due to
intelligence failures with 9/11. The accountability board is the highest watchdog presiding over the CIA and its report was given to Congress members
on Tuesday night. The classified report criticises, amongst others, former CIA Director George Tenet, former clandestine service chief Jim Pavitt and
former counterterrorism center head Cofer Black. It is unclear whether Direct Goss will implement the recommendations of the board.
WASHINGTON - CIA Director Porter Goss must decide whether to heed the recommendation of his top watchdog to hold disciplinary reviews for current and
former officials who were involved in faulty intelligence efforts before the Sept. 11 attacks.
The proceedings, formally called an accountability board, were recommended by the CIA inspector general, John Helgerson, The Associated Press learned
late Thursday. It remains unclear which people are identified for the accountability boards in the highly classified report spanning hundreds of
The report was delivered to Congress on Tuesday night.
Following a two-year review into what went wrong before the suicide hijackings, Helgerson harshly criticizes a number of the agency's most senior
officials, according to people familiar with the report. Among those singled out for criticism are former CIA Director George Tenet, former
clandestine service chief Jim Pavitt and former counterterrorism center head Cofer Black.
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Crunch time for the CIA here. If Director Goss ignores the recommendations of its highest watchdog then, I feel, its credibility and integrity will
be dealt a major blow. If you cannot trust the CIA to police itself and to behave accountably then it ceases to become credible.
Another piece of this article that caught my eyes was the following:
Among items that received significant attention in the past was the CIA's failure to put two known operatives, Khalid al-Midhar and Nawaf
Alhazmi, on government watchlists and to let the FBI know that the future Sept. 11 hijackers had entered the United States.
The CIA knew that terrorists had entered the U.S and failed to inform that FBI? If this is a separate incident and apart from Able Danger then this is
outrageous! Since when did terrorists have free run of the United States? Even pre-Patriot Act terrorists were actively hunted by the United States.
What is the deal here?
[edit on 26/8/05 by subz]