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Paper: Tenet won't become fall guy for 9/11 intelligence

Paper: Tenet won't become fall guy for 9/11 intelligence

George Tenet will not let himself become the "fall guy" for 9/11 intelligence failures, according to a former intelligence officer and a source friendly to Mr. Tenet, the conservative Washington Times asserted Thursday.

The piece was written by John B. Roberts, who worked in the Reagan White House and often writes on terrorism and intelligence affairs. Tenet, the former CIA direction, was blamed for the sixteen words in President Bush's 2003 State of the Union address in which he boldly asserted that Iraq was seeking uranium for a weapons of mass destruction program. He resigned shortly thereafter.

In a more recent report, Inspector General John Helgerson criticized the former CIA director and a score of other agency personnel for their failure to develop a strategy against al Qaeda, and for intelligence failures leading up to the Sept. 11 attacks.

"The report, delivered to Congress this week, recommends punitive sanctions for Mr. Tenet, former Deputy Director of Operations James L. Pavitt and former counter-terrorist center head J. Cofer Black," Roberts writes. "Mr. Tenet's response to the report is a 20-page, tightly knitted rebuttal of responsibility prepared with the aid of a lawyer, according to the friendly source."

"Mr. Tenet's decision to defend himself against the charges in the report poses a potential crisis for the White House," Roberts adds. "According to a former clandestine services officer, the former CIA director turned down a publisher's $4.5 million book offer because he didn't want to embarrass the White House by rehashing the failure to prevent September 11 and the flawed intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. Mr. Tenet, according to a knowledgeable source, had a "wink and a nod" understanding with the White House that he wouldn't be scapegoated for intelligence failings. The deal, one source says, was sealed with the award of the Presidential Freedom Medal."

"Now that deal may be off. Mr. Tenet's rebuttal to the report is detailed and explicit," he continues. "In defending his integrity as CIA director, Mr. Tenet treads perilously close to affirming the account of Richard Clarke, the former NSC terrorism official whose public disclosure of the Bush administration's delay in adopting a strategy against al Qaeda stirred controversy last summer."

"Mr. Tenet has made a fateful decision," he asserts. "The latest salvo in the ongoing wars between the CIA and the White House may be about to burst. Until now, Mr. Tenet has kept silent about what Mr. Bush knew and when he knew it. Mr. Tenet's decision to defend his own role in September 11 puts the White House back in the spotlight. The only way he can push off responsibility is to push it higher up the ladder."

Read the full column here.


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Well, Old slam dunk Tenet might have to give back has hard earned Freedom Medal, but I'm sure he'll more than make up for it with a sweeter book deal. No matter how it plays out...America is still the big loser.

It Tenet opens up, maybe Powell (the good little soldier) will too. Between them I think they can bring about "the last throes" of this presidency.

Tenet and Powell both have testified before the Fitzgerald grand jury. They may already have blown the lid off and we just don't know it yet. The end draws nearer for this administration.

Like Bette Davis said>

Hold on...It's gonna be a bumpy ride!

That's nice, but he'd better act on it very quickly and get it all out in public before he meets with an unfortunate "accident" or develops suicidal impulses like David Kelly in Britain did.

Let's not forget the head of the CIA (William Casey) during the Iran Contra scandal.

More than dubyas leave no child behind is his policy of leave no witness employed. If demoting them doesn't work, fire them. Then they look like a disgruntled, revenge seeking, publicity hound.

Jr. will take a page out of daddy's Iran Contra book and pardon Tenet. Either that or Tenet will suffer a major heartattack.


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