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Tenet Urges CIA to Resist Outsiders' Interference

At a time when U.S. intelligence failures have prompted calls for sweeping reform, outgoing CIA Director George J. Tenet on Thursday delivered a farewell address to agency employees, urging them to resist unnecessary or unwanted changes. “If people want to take us back in the wrong direction, then it is your voices that must be raised to say, ‘We know better and we will not stand for it,’ ” said Tenet, who is scheduled to step down in a few days. “This institution is your own. We who serve as your leaders are stewards for limited periods of time.” Tenet’s remarks to more than 1,000 Central Intelligence Agency employees came before today’s scheduled release of a Senate report on intelligence failures that was said to be scathing in its criticism of the CIA and reportedly called for an overhaul of the way the U.S. intelligence community was run. Full Story

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