May 05, 2006

Wyden Statement on Resignation of Porter Goss

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today released the following statement on the resignation of CIA Director Porter Goss:"I appreciate the hard work of the Director while leading the CIA. When I voted against his nomination two years ago, it was because of my reservations about his commitment to making America as safe as it needs to be. My concerns were never resolved."During his tenure, Mr. Goss resisted efforts to lift the veil of secrecy around the intelligence failures of 9/11. The American public deserves to see the CIA Inspector General's Report on Accountability and 9/11 to decide for themselves if the government has fulfilled its responsibilities. This attitude is a symptom of a disease that has afflicted this Administration - selectively hiding facts they find inconvenient."I am hopeful that the President's next nominee for this position will restore the agency's spirit of nonpartisanship, and meaningfully increase the agency's cooperation with Congress."