CIA Director Confirmation Day 6, Part 2

The committee heard testimony from three senior Central Intelligence Agency officials during the sixth day of the confirmation hearings of… read more

The committee heard testimony from three senior Central Intelligence Agency officials during the sixth day of the confirmation hearings of Robert Gates for the position of director of Central Intelligence. Mr. Ford testified that Mr. Gates, deputy director of Central Intelligence during the mid-1980's, said Mr. Gates inappropriately influenced CIA analysts' findings to suit his own conservative viewpoint of the Soviet Union. Mr. Ford said Mr. Gates' pressure on analysts to conform to his viewpoint went “beyond professional bounds,” and unfairly skewed intelligence findings. He also said he felt Mr. Gates' statements to the effect that he did not remember meetings concerning the Iran-Contra affair in the mid-1980's did not ring true, given Mr. Gates' “photographic memory.” Finally, Mr. Ford questioned Mr. Gates' honesty, and said Mr. Gates lacked “integrity of judgment,” the ability to stand up to others concerning a particular viewpoint when pressured from outside forces. Contradicting Mr. Ford’s testimony, Mr. Gershwin said Mr. Gates and his boss, William Casey, had been fair in encouraging alternative points of view. He said he felt the analysis process of the CIA in the mid-1980's had worked very well. "encouraging different points of view." close

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  • Hal Ford Senior Analyst (Former) Central Intelligence Agency
  • Graham E. Fuller Officer Central Intelligence Agency->Near Eastern Affairs
  • Larry Gershwin Officer Central Intelligence Agency->Strategic Forces
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CIA Director Confirmation Day 6, Part 2

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Senate Committee
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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Oct 1, 1991

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  • Oct 01, 1991 | 10:27pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
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