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Goss Sworn in as CIA Director

September 25, 2004|From Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Porter J. Goss was sworn in Friday to head the CIA and lead an intelligence community that faced intense criticism for faulty information -- and failing to share good information it did gather -- before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the war in Iraq.

Goss, 65, has said his priorities will be improving the agency's network of people able to recruit spies and gain information -- so-called human intelligence versus high-tech information gleaned by satellites.

In addition to serving as CIA director, Goss assumes the role as head of a loose confederation of 14 other agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community.

But Goss would not be expected to be kept on as director if Sen John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) were to win the White House. However, Goss is expected to be a top candidate, if President Bush is reelected, to take on the new job of national intelligence director that Congress is considering creating.

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