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Former CIA Director Says He Would Resign

A former CIA director said Wednesday that he would resign if he were in current Director George Tenet’s place because of political pressure on the intelligence agency. “I think the biggest problem of intelligence today is political direction from the White House, and I don’t know what I would do if I were George Tenet other than resign,” said Stansfield Turner, director of the CIA from 1977 to 1981 in the Carter administration. Turner spoke on a panel about the CIA at the Council on Foreign Relations, along with former directors William Webster, who headed the agency from 1987 to 1991, and James Woolsey, who ran it from 1993 to 1995. Woolsey said political pressure was not the main problem facing the agency and instead suggested the creation of a new position, an overall head of intelligence, to coordinate information from the CIA, FBI and other federal agencies. Full Story

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