Bush Names Goss to Head CIA

8-10-04 - WHITE HOUSE (AP) President Bush has nominated Florida Congressman Porter Goss to head the CIA. Bush made the announcement Tuesday morning at the White House, saying Goss "knows the CIA inside and out." He also says Goss is "well prepared for this mission."

Goss is a former agency operative and the current chairman of the House intelligence committee. Goss, whose nomination must be confirmed by the Senate, had been mentioned prominently in speculation about a successor to departed CIA Director George Tenet.

Goss says he thinks every American knows the importance of getting "the best possible intelligence we can get to our decision-makers." He adds he looks forward to the confirmation process.

If confirmed by the Senate, Goss would take over the CIA as the government overhauls intelligence agencies. The White House has accepted a recommendation by the Nine Eleven commission to appoint a new intelligence chief to oversee the CIA and more than a dozen other intelligence agencies.