C.I.A. Chief Refuses to Seek Discipline for 9/11 Officials

Notice below that they don't want to single out individuals for disciplinary action because it might send the wrong message to the junior officers. I guess teaching the junior officers about accountability is the wrong message.


Published: October 5, 2005

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 -- The C.I.A. will not pursue disciplinary action against George J. Tenet, a former director, or anyone else among current or former officials singled out by an inspector general for poor performance on counterterrorism before Sept. 11, 2001, the agency said today.

The decision by the agency's current director, Porter J. Goss, signifies an end to nearly four years of inquiries into the agency's performance before the Sept. 11 attacks. It means that no current or former officer will be reprimanded for his performance, despite what the inspector general, John L. Helgerson, concluded were serious shortcomings in advance of the attacks.

In a written statement, Mr. Goss said that as "matter of judgment," he had decided not to heed a recommendation by Mr. Helgerson that he convene what the agency calls an "accountability review board" to assess the performance of individual officials, as a prelude to possible disciplinary action.
In his statement, Mr. Goss said he had concluded that singling out individuals for disciplinary action "would send the wrong message to our junior officers about taking risks -- whether it be an operation in the field or being assigned to a hot topic at headquarters."

Of those named in the report, Mr. Goss said, "about half" have retired from the agency since Sept. 11, 2001, while "those who are still with us are amongst the finest we have."

Perhaps they also want to

Perhaps they also want to keep down the heat so heated people are less likely to talk?

No doubt, as soon as someone

No doubt, as soon as someone feels the heat, he'll no doubt spill the beans.

We gotta keep the pressure on, one day someone will crack.