Rep. Porter Goss nominated for CIA post

President Bush nominated Rep. Porter Goss (R-Fla.) today as the new director of the CIA.

Goss, who has served as chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence since 1997 and as a member on the Commission on the Roles and Capabilities of the United States Intelligence Community, is a perfect fit to replace former CIA director George Tenet, Bush said.

Bush commended Tenet and acting CIA director John McLaughlin for serving with 'distinction and honor.'

'Porter Goss is a leader with strong experience in intelligence and in the fight against terrorism," Bush said during a ceremony in the Rose Garden. 'He knows the CIA inside and out. He's the right man to lead this important agency at this critical moment in our nation's history."

Bush added that with 15 years of intelligence experience under his belt, Goss would reform the embattled agency.

'Porter Goss has built a reputation as a reformer. He'll be a reformer at the Central Intelligence Agency,' Bush said.

During his remarks, Goss said he is up to the challenge of directing the agency. The nomination will now go before the Senate for approval.

'I think every American knows the importance of the best possible intelligence we can get to our decision-makers,' Goss said.

Goss worked for the CIA in the 1960s.


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