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Tenet resigns CIA

George J. Tenet has resigned as director of central intelligence, President Bush said today in an announcement that stunned Washington by its timing.
"Today, George Tenet, the director of the C.I.A., submitted a letter of resignation," Mr. Bush said on the South Lawn of the White House. "I met with George last night in the White House. I had a good visit with him. He told me he was resigning for personal reasons."

But while Mr. Bush said he had told Mr. Tenet he was sorry to see him go and that he had done "a superb job on behalf of the American people," there was immediate speculation that there was much more behind the departure than Mr. Tenet's wish to leave the demands of a post he has held since 1997.

Mr. Tenet and the C.I.A. have come under intense criticism since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The critics, in the government and outside it, have assailed the C.I.A., along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies, for failing to "connect the dots," or put together what in retrospect seemed to be a cornucopia of clues, and head off the attacks.

More recently, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell has reportedly been pressing the C.I.A. to explain why he was apparently misinformed about Saddam Hussein's supposed possession of deadly chemical and biological weapons. Those weapons, which Mr. Powell told the United Nations were already in Iraq's arsenal and which were a key rationale for the American-led war to topple the Baghdad dictator, have so far not been found.

Mr. Bush announced the resignation in a way that was almost bizarre. He had just addressed reporters and photographers in a fairly innocuous Rose Garden session with Australia's prime minister, John Howard. Then the session was adjourned, as Mr. Bush apparently prepared to depart for nearby Andrews Air Force Base and his flight to Europe, where he is to take part in ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of the Normady invasion and meet European leaders some of whom have been sharply critical of the campaign in Iraq.

But minutes later, Mr. Bush reappeared on the sun-drenched White House lawn, stunning listeners with the news of Mr. Tenet's resignation, which the president said would be effective in mid-July. Until then, Mr. Bush said, the C.I.A.'s deputy director, John McLaughlin, will be acting director.

The president praised Mr. Tenet's qualities as a public servant, saying: "He's strong. He's resolute. He's served his nation as the director for seven years. He has been a strong and able leader at the agency. He's been a, he's been a strong leader in the war on terror, and I will miss him."

Then Mr. Bush walked away, declining to take questions or offer any insight into what Mr. Tenet's personal reasons might be.

The official announcement was unconvincing to a former C.I.A. chief, Stansfield Turner, who held the post under President Jimmy Carter.

Mr. Turner said the resignation is "too significant a move at too important a time" to be inspired by nothing more than personal considerations.

"I think he's being pushed out," Mr. Turner said in an interview on C.N.N. "The president feels he has to have someone to blame."

Mr. Turner went on, "I don't think he would pull the plug on President Bush in the midst of an election cycle without being asked by President Bush to do that."

Mr. Tenet, 51, stepped down as Washington is awaiting the release of a report by an independent commission that has been studying the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the response to them. Washington is also awaiting a report from the Senate Intelligence Committee on Iraq's supposed possession of weapons of mass destruction.

Named to the C.I.A. post by President Bill Clinton, Mr. Tenet proved himself to be a survivor by lasting as long as he did under Mr. Clinton's Republican successor.

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The bricks will fall 03.Jun.2004 11:43

mooky

Looks like the beginning of the end and a potent diversion from Cheney. Time to knuckle down on that one.
When bushcorp crumbles beware. Kerry is another fruit from that tree.

Scapegoat! 03.Jun.2004 13:07

cthulhu

One down, how many to go?
Tenet held the post of CIA chief much longer than most of his predecessors. Lately, he made the extremely bad decision of towing BushCo's company line. What could have been a record-setting performance in an extremely difficult job--across two wildly disparate administrations--has turned into a Goldschmidtian summary dismissal. Former director Turner is right: this was not the time for a resignation that leaves his boss and the country holding the bag. Bush told him he had to go.
But that doesn't mean we have seen the last of careers ending in relative disgrace (nor does it mean Tenet is off the hook--the release of the report of the 9/11 Commission is just beyond a month away, and revelations within will undoubtedly unsaddle more than a few of BushCo's execs).
A small part of me almost wants BushCo to be reelected (er, elected), just so his next four years can be nothing more than a morass of hearings and press leaks, ending in a satisfying impeachment and complete disgrace.
Yes, Kerry is more or less cut from the same cloth--any career politician with White House aspirations will be. But at least he's liberal!
Cthulhu

doesn't want to be around when BushCo. is involved with... 03.Jun.2004 13:33

x

Just a guess, but perhaps he doesn't want to be around when the US gov. is linked (regardless of how, there have always been links) to Al-CIA-duh's next attack.

Whose next 03.Jun.2004 13:51

dominino

How about being linked with al-CIAda's 9-11 terrorist attack?

Looks like Dennis Hastert might get his opportunity to do a stint in the whitehouse.

who's next? 03.Jun.2004 15:26

me

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell

Could this be a distraction! 03.Jun.2004 15:49

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LEGISLATIVE DAY OF JUNE 3, 2004
108TH CONGRESS - SECOND SESSION


6:28 P.M. -
On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on June 4, 2004.

Mr. Kirk moved that the House do now adjourn.


5:47 P.M. -
SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES - The House resumed Special Order speeches.
The Speaker designated the Honorable Frank R. Wolf to act as Speaker pro tempore to sign enrolled bills and joint resolutions through June 8, 2004


5:46 P.M. -
Mr. Culberson asked unanimous consent That when the House adjourns on Friday, June 4, 2007, it adjourn to meet at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8, 2004, for Morning-Hour Debate. Agreed to without objection.

3:12 P.M. -
SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES - The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.

3:11 P.M. -
Mr. Paul requested the following general leaves to address the House on June 9: himself for 5 min and Mr. Weldon of FL for 5 min.

2:38 P.M. -
RECOGNITION OF OUTGOING PAGE CLASS - The House proceeded with a period of recognition of the outgoing Page class.

2:34 P.M. -
ONE MINUTE SPEECHES - The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
Mr. Shimkus asked unanimous consent That when the House adjourns on Thursday, June 3, 2004, it adjourn to meet at 12 p.m. on Friday, June 4, 2004. Agreed to without objection.

The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting a communication regarding a trade policy waiver with Viet Nam - referred to the Committee on Ways and Means and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 108-191).

The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting a communication regarding a trade policy waiver with Belarus - referred to the Committee on Ways and Means and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 108-190).

The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting a communication regarding a trade policy waiver with Turkmenistan - referred to the Committee on Ways and Means and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 108-189).


H.R. 4478:
to provide for an additional temporary extension of programs under the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 through July 23, 2004, and for other purposes

2:32 P.M. -
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
On passage Passed without objection.


2:31 P.M. -
Mr. Manzullo asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
Considered by unanimous consent.


2:29 P.M. -
Mr. DeLay asked unanimous consent that business in order under the Calendar Wednesday rule be dispensed with on June 9. Agreed to without objection.

2:18 P.M. -
SCHEDULE FOR THE FOLLOWING WEEK - The House proceeded with recognition of the respective party leaders in order to discuss the legislative schedule of the House during the following week.

H. Res. 661:
electing a Member to a certain standing committee of the House of Representatives

2:17 P.M. -
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.

Considered as privileged matter.


2:16 P.M. -
The House received a communication from the Honorable Mr. Thompson (CA). Mr. Thompson (CA) submitted his resignation from the Committee on Agriculture. The resignation was accepted without objection.

H.R. 3550:
to authorize funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs, and for other purposes

2:14 P.M. -
The Speaker appointed a conferee for consideration of the House bill and Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: DeLay.
The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Ways and Means for consideration of Title IX of the House bill, and Title V of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Thomas, McCrery, and Rangel.

The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Science for consideration of secs. 2001, 3013, 3015, 3034, 4112, and Title V of the House bill, and Title II, secs. 3014, 3015, 3037, 4102, 4104, 4237, and 4461 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Gilchrest, Neugebauer, and Gordon.

The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Rules for consideration of secs. 8004 and 8005 of the House bill, and modifications committed to conference: Dreier, Sessions, and Frost.

The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Resources for consideration of secs. 1117, 3021, 6002, and 6003 of the House bill and secs. 1501, 1502, 1505, 1511, 1514, 1601, 1603, 3041, and 4521-4528 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Pombo, Gibbons, and Kind.

The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on the Judiciary for consideration of secs. 1105, 1207, 1602, 1812, 2011, 3023, 4105, 4108, 4201, 4202, 4204, 5209, 5501, 6001, 6002, 7012, 7019-7022, and 7024 of the House bill, and secs. 1512, 1513, 1802, 3006, 3022, 3030, 4104, 4110, 4174, 4226, 4231, 4234, 4265, 4307, 4308, 4315, 4424, 4432, 4440-4442, 4445, 4447, 4462, 4463, 4633, and 4661 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Sensenbrenner, Smith (TX), and Conyers.


2:13 P.M. -
The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Government Reform for consideration of sec. 1802 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Davis, Tom, Schrock, and Waxman.
The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Energy and Commerce for consideration of provisions in the House bill and Senate amendment relating to Clean Air Act provisions of transportation planning contained in sec. 6001 of the House bill, and secs. 3005 and 3006 of the Senate amendment; and secs. 1202, 1824, 1828, and 5203 of the House bill, and secs. 1501, 1511, 1522, 1610-1619, 3016, 3023, 4108, 4151, 4152, 4155-4159, 4162, 4172, 4173, 4424, 4481, 4482, 4484, 4662, 8001, and 8002 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Barton (TX), Pickering, and Dingell.

The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Education and the Workforce for consideration of secs. 1602 and 3030 of the House bill, and secs. 1306, 3013, 3032, and 4632 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Ballenger, Biggert, and Miller, George.

The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on the Budget for consideration of secs. 8001-8003 of the House bill, and Title VI of the Senate amendment, and modifications committeed to conference: Nussle, Shays, and Spratt.

The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for consideration of the House bill (except Title IX) and the Senate amendment (except Title V), and modifications committed to conference: Young (AK), Petri, Boehlert, Coble, Duncan, Mica, Hoekstra, Ehlers, Bachus, LaTourette, Miller, Gary, Rehberg, Beauprez, Oberstar, Rahall, Lipinski, DeFazio, Costello, Norton, Nadler, Menendez, Brown, Corrine, Filner, and Johnson, E. B..


H. Res. 655:
condemning the crackdown on democracy protestors in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, in the People's Republic of China on the 15th anniversary of that tragic massacre

2:12 P.M. -
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 400 - 1 (Roll no. 228).


2:05 P.M. -
Considered as unfinished business.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question of adoption of the motion to suspend the rules and agree to H. Res. 655 which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.


H.R. 3550:
to authorize funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs, and for other purposes

2:04 P.M. -
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
On motion that the House instruct conferees Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 377 - 30 (Roll no. 227).


1:41 P.M. -
The previous question was ordered without objection.

1:22 P.M. -
DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on the Oberstar motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 3550. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the managers on the part of the House to insist on the language contained in section 1101(a)(21)(A) and section 1120(a) of the House bill that establishes and provides funding for a safe routes to school program for the benefit of children in primary and middle schools.
Mr. Oberstar moved that the House instruct conferees.

On motion that the House disagree to the Senate amendment, and agree to a conference Agreed to without objection.


1:21 P.M. -
Mr. Young (AK) asked unanimous consent that the House disagree to the Senate amendment, and agree to a conference.

H.R. 1261:
to enhance the workforce investment system of the Nation by strengthening one-stop career centers, providing for more effective governance arrangements, promoting access to a more comprehensive array of employment, training, and related services, establishing a targeted approach to serving youth, and improving performance accountability, and for other purposes

1:11 P.M. -
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Education and the Workforce for consideration of the House bill and the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Boehner, Petri, McKeon, Castle, Isakson, Porter, Kildee, Hinojosa, Tierney, and McCollum.


1:10 P.M. -
On motion that the House disagree to the Senate amendment, and request a conference Agreed to without objection.
Mr. Boehner asked unanimous consent that the House disagree to the Senate amendment, and request a conference.


H.R. 3866:
to amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide increased penalties for anabolic steroid offenses near sports facilities, and for other purposes

1:09 P.M. -
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 408 - 3 (Roll no. 226).


1:01 P.M. -
Considered as unfinished business.

H.R. 4411:
to amend title VII of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to ensure graduate opportunities in postsecondary education, and for other purposes

1:00 P.M. -
Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 656, H.R. 4411 is laid on the table.

H.R. 4409:
to reauthorize title II of the Higher Education Act of 1965

Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 656, H.R. 4409 is laid on the table.

H.R. 444:
to amend the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to establish a Personal Reemployment Accounts grant program to assist Americans in returning to work

Pursuant to the provsions of H. Res. 656, the texts of H.R. 4409 and H.R. 4411 were appended to the engrossment of H.R. 444 as new matter.
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 213 - 203 (Roll no. 225).


12:50 P.M. -
On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 199 - 216 (Roll no. 224).

12:28 P.M. -
The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.

12:19 P.M. -
DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kildee motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require that the bill be reported back with provisions extending unemployment benefits for unemployed workers.

12:17 P.M. -
Mr. Kildee moved to recommit with instructions to Education and Labor.
The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.


11:06 A.M. -
DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 444.
On agreeing to the Rules amendment Agreed to without objection.

Amendment in the nature of a substitute reported by the House Committee on Rules.

An amendment in the nature of a substitute made in order under the rule consisting of the text of H.R. 4444.
Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 444 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. In lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Education and Workforce now printed in the bill, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of H.R. 4444 shall be considered as adopted. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments. In the engrossment of H.R. 444, the Clerk shall add the texts of H.R. 4409 and H.R. 4411 as new matter at the end of H.R. 444 and then lay H.R. 4409 and H.R. 4411 on the table.

Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 656.


10:46 A.M. -
ONE MINUTE SPEECHES - The House proceeded with one minute speeches which by direction of the Speaker, would be limited to 10 per side of the aisle.

10:44 A.M. -
The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed S. 1721.

10:37 A.M. -
The Speaker announced that under clause 5(c) of Rule 20, in light of the administration of the oath to Representative Herseth, the whole number of the House is adjusted to 435.

10:34 A.M. -
Representative Stephanie Herseth addressed the House.

10:33 A.M. -
Ms. Pelosi, Minority Leader, addressed the House.

10:31 A.M. -
The Speaker of the House administered the Oath of Office to Representative-Elect Stephanie Herseth of South Dakota.

10:30 A.M. -
Representative-Elect Stephanie Herseth, from the state of South Dakota, presented herself in the Well of the House to take the Oath of Office.

10:28 A.M. -
Ms. Pelosi, Minority Leader, asked unanimous consent that the gentlewoman from South Dakota, Ms. Stephanie Herseth, be permitted to take the oath of office today. Her certificate of election has not arrived, but there is no contest, and no question has been raised with regard to her election. Agreed to without objection.

10:27 A.M. -
The House received a message from the Clerk. The Clerk transmitted to the House a fascimile copy of a letter received from the Honorable Chris Nelson, Secretary of State, State of South Dakota, indicating that, according to the unofficial returns of the Special Election held June 1, 2004, the Honorable Stephanie Herseth was elected Representative in Congress for the At Large Congressional District, State of South Dakota.

10:26 A.M. -
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - The Chair designated Mr. Linder to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
On approving the Journal Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 346 - 47, 1 Present (Roll no. 223).


10:02 A.M. -
APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL - The Speaker announced he had examined and approved the Journal of the last day's proceedings. Mr. McNulty demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Speaker announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. McNulty objected to the vote on the grounds that a quorum was not present and the Speaker announced that the yeas and nays were ordered.

10:01 A.M. -
Today's prayer was offered by Rabbi Joui Hessel, Washington Hebrew Congregation, Washington, DC.

10:00 A.M. -
The House convened, starting a new legislative day.









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They're All Just Tip Top Public Servants! 03.Jun.2004 18:34

Curious George

If Bush were letting Attila the Hun go, he would still say that he had done a marvelous job on behalf of the American people. He gives this bogus lip service to everyone in his administration no matter how bloody their hands.

Oh come on! 03.Jun.2004 20:37

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It was because of his wife! I heard it on NPR. The wife was "agitating."

Clean Spouse 04.Jun.2004 09:00

Aha!

The wife was "agitating"??? So is Tenet married to a washing machine? That would make whitewashing problems or laundering inquiries so very convenient!

Tenet's a pussy 04.Jun.2004 10:07

So long...

Good riddance, Tenet! When i saw him up there in his little pink tie, crying over his son and bragging about how he was gonna start partying with his son at college and how he was desperate to be the one to back the family SUV up to Safeway, i realized immediately why we were hit on 9/11 and why our intelligence community sucks so bad. With a pinko like this running the show, i'm surprise we weren't pummeled into pudding a long, long time ago! Good riddance!

The U.S. is wonderful but our congress stinks! 23.Jul.2004 02:21

bill

Look at this congressional schedule. These overpaid over-vacationing SOBs DO NOT adequately represented us. It's time to move away from this so-called representative government toward a real DEMOCRACY. Stand up to these creeps by voting 3rd party. Anything else is just throwing your vote away by accepting more of the same.

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