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John E. McLaughlin, Acting Director of Central Intelligence, 2004.

John Edward McLaughlin (born June 15, 1942 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania) is the former Deputy Director of Central Intelligence and former Acting Director of Central Intelligence. He was sworn in as Deputy Director of Central Intelligence on October 19, 2000, to serve under DCI George Tenet. After Tenet's resignation on June 3, 2004, the Bush Administration announced that McLaughlin would serve as Acting Director after Tenet's departure on July 11, 2004. McLaughlin himself stepped down as Acting Director on September 22, 2004, after Porter J. Goss was confirmed by the Senate to serve as the new director. He then returned to his position as Deputy Director, and announced his retirement on November 12, 2004.

McLaughlin is an accomplished magician and lectured on magic at the 2006 International Brotherhood of Magicians Annual Convention in Miami, Florida. He currently serves as the Senior Fellow at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C., where he received a masters degree, and teaches a course on American Intelligence. He also serves on the Guiding Coalition of the Project on National Security Reform.

McLaughlin attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH. He was a member of the Beta Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Phi. In 2001, he returned to Wittenberg to speak at the commencement ceremony.

Government offices
Preceded by
George Tenet
Acting Director of Central Intelligence
July 11, 2004 - September 22, 2004
Succeeded by
Porter J. Goss
Preceded by
General John Alexander Gordon
Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Succeeded by
Vice Admiral Albert M. Calland


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