Assignment 2: George Tenet Case Study: Ethical Obligations

1592 WordsFeb 23, 20147 Pages
Introduction George Tenet played a pivotal role in working with the CIA to removing the Taliban from Afghanistan and seeking out Bin Laden. The failure of not finding weapons in Iraq had forced him to resign from his position. CIA leadership went into a major shake-up during President Clinton’s second term. President Clinton appointed George Tenet as the Director of the CIA mainly because he was the only one that could be confirmed. President Clinton was not really a person that wanted the CIA to be involved in any covert operations or wanting to make world transformations and this made Tenet an important person to Clinton. Tenet was very experienced and even though there was a high turnover rate for the CIA directors, once Tenet was in place he was one in which loved what he did and he enjoyed where he worked and he also enjoyed the people he worked with. Many individuals that had worked with Tenet felt good about his role and his leadership. The attitude and charisma that Tenet displayed made his lack of qualifications for the position to be overlooked but the morale boost that Tenet gave the CIA department is what most liked about Tenet. George Tenet had begun to build up supporters from all sides of the political realm. He had acquired support in the intelligence community, especially in the Directorate of Operations (DO) at the CIA, which is the heart of the agency. He even won support from the newly elected President George Bush. There had to be many ethical concerns and dilemmas for Tenet and how exactly did he prioritize them as to which had more importance and just how did those prioritizations impact how he lead and also fulfilled the ethical obligations for the public. Identify four (4) cross-coded ethical dilemmas facing former CIA Director George Tenet and assess their impact on his leadership The acceptance of the position of Director of

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