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Kerry Statement on the Resignation of George Tenet

Location: Independence, MO

June 03, 2004

For Immediate Release
Independence, MO

Senator John Kerry released the following statement today regarding the resignation of CIA Director George Tenet:

"I have known George Tenet for many years, and I wish him the very best. He has worked extremely hard on behalf of our nation, and we are grateful for his effort.

"There is no question, however, that there have been significant intelligence failures, and the administration has to accept responsibility for those failures. Sometimes with change comes opportunity. This is an opportunity for the President to lead. As I've said for some time, we must reshape our intelligence community for the 21st century and create a new position of 'Director of National Intelligence' with real control of all intelligence personnel and budgets."

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