George Tenet

(George John Tenet)

George Tenet
George Tenet
  • Born: January 5, 1953
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Public Servant

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George John Tenet is a former Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) for the United States Central Intelligence Agency as well as a Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University.

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… a slam dunk case Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Directors of Central Intelligence are supposed to steer clear of policy. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
From the U-2 data captured by our over flights--data corroborated by other means--President Eisenhower could confidently resist the fierce domestic pressure to engage in a massive arms buildup. He knew for certain--for certain--that we had no bomber gap and no missile gap with the Soviet Union, despite all Soviet boasting to the contrary. By any measure, that was an intelligence triumph. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
In the intelligence business you are almost never completely wrong or completely right. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Now we must worry as much about hard-to-detect small-scale biological weapons producers as we do about the large-scale nuclear weapons programs Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Tell the President we got the son-of-a-bitch! Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
There will always be days when we have to race to catch up to events we did not foresee, not because somebody is asleep at the switch, but because what’s going on is so complicated. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
To be effective, we must also be fast, because everything is happening faster. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We don't torture people. Let me say that again to you. We don't torture people, OK. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We don't torture people. Let me say that again to you. We don't torture people, OK. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
As a nation we have, over the past seven years, been rebuilding our intelligence with powerful capabilities that many thought we would no longer need after the Cold War. We have been rebuilding our clandestine service, our satellite and other technical collection, our analytical depth and expertise. War & Peace
By definition, intelligence deals with the unclear, the unknown, the deliberately hidden. What the enemies of the United States hope to deny we work to reveal. Hope ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Here's the teaching point, if you're teaching kids about intelligence and policy: Intelligence does not absolve policymakers of responsibility to ask tough questions, and it doesn't absolve them of having curiosity about the consequences of their actions.
I am convinced the next major attack against the United States may well be conducted by people with Asian or African faces, not the ones that many Americans are alert to.
I still lie awake at night thinking about everything that could have been, that wasn't done to stop 9/11. To the 9/11 families, I said, you deserve better from your entire government. All of us. Government
I'm Greek, and we're conspiratorial by nature. Nature
Iraq... has also had contacts with al-Qaida. Their ties may be limited by divergent ideologies, but the two sides' mutual antipathy toward the United States and the Saudi royal family suggests that tactical cooperation between them is possible. Families, Children & Parenting
The only people that ever stand up and tell the truth are who? Intelligence officers. Because our culture is, never break faith with the truth. We'll tell you, you don't have to drag it out of us. Truth ;Religion & God
The President had every reason to believe that the text presented to him was sound... These 16 words should never have been included in the text written for the president.
To understand a difficult topic like Iraq takes patience and care. Unfortunately, you rarely hear a patient, careful or thoughtful discussion of intelligence these days. Patience
We could never verify that there was any Iraqi authority, direction and control, complicity with al Qaeda for 9/11 or any operational act against America. Period.
When I came to the CIA in the mid-'90s, our graduating class of case officers was unbelievably low. Now, after years of rebuilding, our training programs and putting our best efforts to recruit the most talented men and women, we are graduating more clandestine officers than at any time in the history of the Central Intelligence Agency. Time ;Women
You know, at the end of the day, the only thing you have is trust and honor in this world. That's all you have. All you have is your reputation built on trust and your personal honor. When you don't have that anymore, well, you know, there you go. Trust was broken. Trust

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