Ten on Tenet + One
for Carl Colby Films
“George Tenet held a consequential job at a consequential time”
- George W. Bush
As one of the most consequential directors of the CIA, George Tenet is a somewhat misunderstood figure, overseeing the agency at the time of its greatest failure: 9/11.
During the Clinton Administration, he had arrived at CIA only to find it beset by a lack of funding, lack of motivation, and lack of mission, just as the threat of Al-Qauda was burgeoning. He fought relentlessly to bring the agency back to relevance and convince the bureaucratic machine that Al-Qaida was a deadly serious threat.
People listened, but as with any large bureaucracy, movement was slow. In this case, tragically so.
September 11 changed everything for the CIA. The President gave them a powerful new mandate, and Director Tenet was at the helm ready to put it in place and put it in place fast.
When renowned intelligence filmmaker Carl Colby asked Pierce Mill Media to produce a short film about George Tenet, we knew immediately that the story would best be told through the words of his peers.
Through a series of interviews with those that were in the room, we see a unique perspective on a man who was in an impossible position at an impossible time.