CIA Director Confirmation Day 7, Part 1
Oct 2, 1991
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THe committee heard testimony from CIA officers and analysts on the seventh day of the confirmation hearings of Robert Gates for the position of director of Central Intelligence. The hearings were marked with conflict .. Read More
THe committee heard testimony from CIA officers and analysts on the seventh day of the confirmation hearings of Robert Gates for the position of director of Central Intelligence. The hearings were marked with conflict between members of the committee, evidenced by a sharp exchange between Sen. D’Amato and Sen. Metzenbaum early in the day’s proceedings. Mr. Goodman, who had previously testified to Mr. Gates' inappropriate skewing of CIA analysts' findings to suit his own conservative viewpoint concerning the Soviet Union, was cross-examined by Sen. Rudman, who attempted to press Mr. Goodman into admitting the evidence of Mr. Gates' pressuring analysts was “hearsay.” The committee also heard opposition to Mr. Gates' confirmation from Ms. Glaudemans, who testified to Mr. Gates' “politicization” of the analysis process. She also questioned the honesty of Mr. Gates' testimony in the confirmation proceedings, and delivered a final personal plea against the confirmation in measured, soft tones. Mr. McEachin supported Ms. Glaudemas' testimony, citing morale problems and factional infighting in the agency headed by William Casey and Mr. Gates, and said the agency became a “publish or perish” world in which analysts felt they had to skew their findings in order to please their superiors and keep their jobs.