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Old 08-18-2004, 08:02 AM   #1
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Default Goss vs. Goss

Filmmaker Moore Quotes Goss on Lack of CIA Credentials

By David Morgan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Congressman Porter Goss, President Bush's nominee for CIA director, could be his own worst enemy when it comes to making the case that he deserves to lead the U.S. intelligence agency.

"I couldn't get a job with CIA today. I am not qualified," the Florida Republican told documentary-maker Michael Moore's production company during the filming of the anti-Bush movie "Fahrenheit 9/11."

A day after Bush picked Goss for the top U.S. spy job, Moore on Wednesday released an excerpt from a March 3 interview in which the 65-year-old former House of Representatives intelligence chief recounts his lack of qualifications for employment as a modern CIA staffer.

"I don't have the language skills. I, you know, my language skills were romance languages and stuff. We're looking for Arabists today. I don't have the cultural background probably," Goss is quoted in an interview transcript.

"And I certainly don't have the technical skills, uh, as my children remind me every day: 'Dad you got to get better on your computer.' Uh, so, the things that you need to have, I don't have."

Goss, who served with the CIA clandestine services in Latin America and Europe in the 1960s, was not immediately available for comment.

He appears in Moore's film, the most financially successful documentary in history, during a segment devoted to the USA Patriot Act, an anti-terrorism measure.

Moore told Reuters that Goss, who until Tuesday was chairman of the House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, granted an interview to two of his producers without first checking to see who they worked for.

"You'd think the person who was the head of the intelligence committee would ask a few more questions," said Moore.

"The reality is that Porter Goss was in charge of the oversight of the CIA during a time when the CIA didn't do its job, which in part resulted in the loss of lives of 3,000 people," he said via telephone from New York.

A White House spokesman declined to comment specifically on the Goss interview but described the lawmaker as "the most qualified man for the job."

Goss is expected to appear at confirmation hearings before the Senate intelligence committee next month.

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.j...toryID=5944517
Hate him all you want, but Moore got Goss by the balls.
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Old 08-18-2004, 08:10 AM   #2
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Hate him all you want but Goss will still glide into the CIA role becuase the dems are scared to oppose him and look bad.
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Old 08-18-2004, 08:12 AM   #3
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/Agree

The Dems in congress have absolutely no testicles at all.
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Old 08-18-2004, 08:14 AM   #4
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I heard that excerpt from Moore's film. I think that it doesn't reach the level of Goss's affirmation of CIA chief.
I think Goss was speaking of being an employee of the CIA and not the director. Those are two totally different jobs. I wouldn't expect a director to have to do the groundwork for the CIA. He should have clout and also gravitas as well as organizational skills and probably a tad bit of foresight.
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Old 08-18-2004, 09:02 AM   #5
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I'm afraid I have to agree. I mean, how many Admirals in the Navy could do half the stuff Seals are trained to do? What's important is how well he knows what's going on in the intel community and the world, not how well he can use a computer.
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Old 08-18-2004, 09:02 AM   #6
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Default Just a question

I'm a bit confused by the first posting above....was there an actual voice or video recording of this, or was it just a transcribed interview?

Thanks in advance for the clarification.
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Old 08-18-2004, 09:04 AM   #7
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He was interviewed for Moore's F 9/11. So video
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Old 08-18-2004, 11:26 AM   #8
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He was talking about being a secret agent, which you gotta be intelligent, quick, athletic, and kick ass.
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