Tags: Rep. | Peter | Hoekstra | cia

Hoekstra Blasts Bringing Back Sulick

Friday, 21 Sep 2007 01:48 PM

By Newsmax Staff

Rep. Peter Hoekstra has lashed out at the Central Intelligence Agency for rehiring and promoting a controversial former operations officer to head the National Clandestine Service.

NewsMax’s Kenneth R. Timmerman broke the story on Monday that CIA Director Michael Hayden was bringing back Michael J. Sulick, three years after he left the Agency to protest reforms being put in place by then-CIA Director Porter Goss.

Sulick was associate deputy director for operations when he resigned in November 2004 along with his boss, Stephen R. Kappes.

“I think it’s very disappointing,” Rep. Hoekstra, a Michigan Republican who is the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, told the Washington Examiner.

“It’s a decision made by Gen. Hayden that is clearly a poke in the eye of his predecessor, Porter Goss, but more importantly it’s a stick in the eye of the president.

“Sulick did undercut Porter and Porter’s agenda and thereby undercut the president’s agenda. For his behavior, he gets welcomed back into the CIA and gets welcomed back with a promotion.”

When Goss took over the Agency in September 2004, he sought to revitalize the clandestine service and weed out “dead wood” operators who were the product of an “old boys network” that failed to recruit spies in difficult overseas environments.

But according to Timmerman, he ran into fierce opposition from Sulick, Kappes, and other products of the CIA “old guard,” who objected to Goss’s efforts to reform the operations directorate and bring it under his control.

“It’s clear under Gen. Hayden that reform will not take place,” Hoekstra complained. “He’s made his decision that he will buy in with the group of people at the CIA who believed there were no problems at the CIA.”

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Mali's Islamists Withdraw Cease-Fire Pledge

Friday, 04 Jan 2013 13:06 PM

Tens of thousands of Fatah supporters rallied in the Hamas stronghold of Gaza on Friday for the first time since they we . . .

Fmr. CIA Director Hayden: Iran Nuclear Crisis Gets 'Scarier'

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 18:11 PM

 . . .

Join Fmr. CIA Director for Special Iran Briefing, Assess the Danger

Friday, 13 Jul 2012 12:27 PM

 . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved