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September 27, 2004
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Porter Goss was sworn in as CIA director. The Senate easily confirmed Goss, a Republican congressman from Florida, in a 77-17 vote Sept. 23, and he was sworn in at the White House last Friday. As chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Goss opposed the agency’s deep involvement in Middle East peacemaking and was also an outspoken opponent of amnesty for convicted spy for Israel, Jonathan Pollard.

Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said the U.S. alliance with Israel is “nonnegotiable.” The Massachusetts senator told an audience at Temple University that, as president, he would launch an effort to improve outreach to the Muslim world, to help fight terror. “Let it be clear that the issue here is advancing democracy in Arab nations, not yielding to pressure to undermine Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East,” Kerry said last Friday. “Our alliance with Israel, the survival and security of Israel, are nonnegotiable.

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